memory

How Computer Memory Really Works

We talk about memory a lot when we discuss gadgets, and it’s no surprise: it’s one of the biggest indicators of performance in the gadgets we all use. But rarely do we stop and think about how it works at the very basic level.


Why Weed Makes You... You... Huh?

Scientists have long suspected that THC somehow affects the hippocampus region of the brain, the bit responsible for controlling short-term memory, but they have never been able to prove it. Turns out that’s because they were looking at the wrong grey matter.


Train Your Brain To Get Smarter, Faster

Though we can’t all hope to match Sherlock Holmes’ preternatural deduction abilities and knack for witty repartee, with a little practice you can build a Mind Palace just as lavish as the famed detective’s. Here’s how you can improve your memory and reasoning skills in your free time.


This MicroSD Card Packs Massive Capacity Into A Minute Form Factor

At the company’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, SanDisk announced today the imminent release of the single largest-capacity microSD card ever created. This tiny storage medium offers an unprecedented 128GB of space, but don’t expect it to come cheap.


How Much Storage Does Your Smartphone Actually Give You?

The dirty little not-so-secret of smartphones is that you’ll never get the full amount of memory marked on the case. Operating systems take up space! But different phones leave you with different amounts of storage. Here, from Which?, are the most and least generous.


Australian Scientists Discover Plants That Can Learn And Remember

New research from a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia will change the way you think about the difference between plants and animals. Mimosa pundica plants, they found, can learn and remember, despite not having a brain. Those active little fern-like things always did seem sort of smart, though, didn’t they?


Two Espressos Enhance Your Long-Term Memory

Many of us would he hard-pressed to function without our morning coffee, but now there’s compelling evidence that it could actually help enhance your long-term memory.


SD Cards Are Tiny, Hackable Computers (For Good Or Evil)

An SD card isn’t just a dumb chunk of memory; it’s a dumb chunk of memory with a built-in brain, a microcontroller. And at this year’s Chaos Computer Congress, enterprising hackers showed off exactly what those brains can be used for cheap hardware for makers or malware machines for malcontents.


Samsung's New Chips Could Put 4GB Of RAM Into Every Phone

There’s an inherent trade-off when designing a phone, between pure power and respectable battery life. Fortunately, Samsung’s latest memory chips are so efficient that they could make 4GB of RAM in phones an industry standard — and make 4K phones a very real thing indeed.


Finally, A Real-Life Memory-Erasing Technique For Humans

Get your Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind references ready, because scientists have just figured out a way to erase bad memories using — you guessed it — electroshock therapy. Get ready for on-demand forgetting. It’s a real thing now.