Posts Tagged ‘My Conscious Brain’
 
 
 
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Turn the lights off when you sleep: Melatonin and cancer treatment.

A spectacular study by Dauchy (et al, 2014) shows that sleeping in total darkness makes a big difference in anti-cancer treatment. The drug tamoxifen is widely used to treat breast cancer. But tamoxifen interacts with the body...
 
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You couldn’t be cuter — the power of the baby schema.

Facebook has it figured out: Baby faces make us feel good, they draw our attention. (Plus pictures of ladies with physically impossible breasts, judging by how often we see them in Facebook and the like). Baby faces have certa...
 
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From The Web – 7 kittens and a flying toy

A spectacular video of eye-paw coordination in 3-month old kittens. It could almost be faked, but it’s not. The kittens have different fur patterns, and their movements are not exactly timed. But it’s darned close!...

 
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The sexiest mammal on earth?

Meadow voles could show Miss Piggy a thing or two. (Copyright Disney, under fair use, via Wikipedia). Consider the love life of the meadow vole, the sexiest little mammal on Planet Earth. Voles are small mouse-like mammals wh...
 
 
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Microbes may trigger Alzheimer’s Disease.

A fascinating update on Alzheimer’s Dementia has just been published by James Hill and colleagues in Frontiers in Aging. AD is a lethal form of brain degeneration. It is currently incurable, and is now one of the major cause...
 
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Has the Turing test really been cracked?

It’s every headline writer’s dream: A scientific breakthrough! Named after the great mathematician Alan Turing, so it has to be important! It was a dream nobody could resist. When the The University of Reading (UK)  announ...

 
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Where does visual input become conscious? (Baars, hat tip to Prof. Alumit Ishai)

There are at least forty visual “maps” in the visual cortex — each sensitive to a different aspect of vision. The first map in visual cortex, conveniently dubbed V1, responds to a visual scene pixel-by-pixel. At higher le...