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The 10 Per Cent Of The Brain Myth Is Still Rubbish, Neuroscientists Say

There’s this persistent notion that we use a mere 10 per cent of our brains at any given moment. If only we could tap into more of the magnificent, squishy machine in our heads, we’d become quicker, cleverer versions of ourselves.


Magnetic Particles That Can Control Electrical Signals In Your Brain 

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but now we have a substance that could one day allow doctors to activate different parts of your brain using nanoparticles and magnetic fields. It’s even possible that this area of research could one day make our brains programmable.


Meanwhile In The Future: Football Has Been Banned

This week on Meanwhile in the Future we step onto the field and talk about contact sports. What would it take to create a future in which the most dangerous sports die out? What are those sports to begin with? What does a world without football look like?


I Was A Test Subject For Brain Experiments

After I graduated from university, I took an RA job on campus that gave me a lot of free time but not much pay. So I did the natural thing one does at a research university: I signed up to be a guinea pig for neuroscience experiments.


Brainprint: Your Mind's Reaction To Certain Words Could Be Your Password

We’ve heard a lot about how our bodies — our faces, our irises, even our heartbeats — will replace passwords. Now, a group of neuroscientists are adding another body part to that list: the brain. Or more specifically, the brain’s response to certain words.


Is It Really Possible To Learn To Speed Read?

Ninety-five per cent of university-educated individuals read at a rate between 200-400 words per minute according to extensive research done by University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Dr Keith Rayner. However, there exists a small, but rather vocal subset of people who insist that they can read several times faster than this using various speed reading techniques.


Rat Brains Are Organised Like The Internet

Mammalian brains are incredibly dense with connections: with present technology, just building a computer that can replicate one per cent of a human’s brain technology requires the power of 250,000 desktop PCs. But, thanks to one new scientific paper, we now at least know how the synpases are organised.


We Need Ground Rules On How To Keep Our Brain Data Private

There’s still no technology in the world that lets you listen in on someone’s thoughts. But fMRI advances are making it easier than ever to measure, interpret, and even reconstruct brain activity, and a growing market of wearables with electroencephalographic (EEG) components and brain-computer interfaces means that there are more ways to map our brainwaves than ever before.


Why The Speech Centre Of Your Brain Shuts Down When You Talk

On the left side of your brain there’s a special region called Broca’s Area, also known as the speech centre of the brain. Now a group of neuroscientists have discovered something strange about it. Even though this brain region supposedly controls speech, it shuts down when you are speaking.


A New, Cutting-Edge Microscope Technique That Uses Nappy Absorbent

Up until now, most microscopy has operated on a pretty simple principle: Use tricks of light to make small things appear big. A group of MIT scientists, however, are trying something radically different. They have developed a technique that physically makes tiny neurons bigger, and, yes, it uses a chemical commonly found in nappies.


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