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This “Pacemaker For The Stomach” Could Help You Lose Weight

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Earlier this year, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) gave its approval to a unique new electronic device that helps individuals lose weight. EnteroMedics Inc., a biotechnology company in Minnesota, has created a “pacemaker for the stomach” in order to provide another treatment avenue for people battling obesity. Obesity can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, smoking and current medicine use. But the single biggest contributer to excess food consumption is your appetite. Hunger occurs when the abdominal vagus nerve sends signals to

Babies See Right Through Your Facade of Fake Emotions

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By around 18 months, babies can tell when you’re faking an emotion. The discovery comes from a study conducted at Concordia University. For the study, researchers got two groups of babies: one group of 15-month olds and one group of 18-month olds. The infants observed an actor who would perform some action and then display a facial emotion that either did or did not make sense with the action. For example, hurting a finger and showing pain would make sense, but receiving a

Neuroscientist Uses One Person’s Brain to Control Another Person’s Arm (Video)

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Greg Gage has always been fascinated by the brain. He dedicated his whole life to studying it, and spent six and a half years in graduate school at the University of Michigan just to earn the title of neuroscientist. As he climbed his way up the academic ladder, Gage noticed a major problem with the field of neuroscience: the equipment needed to do any serious research was so expensive that it was only available in the largest universities and institutions. In other words, you had

These Scientists Want to Record and Restore Memories Using Microchips

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For the past few years, a team of neuroscientists from across the United States has been studying how the brain stores and makes memories. Now, they are on the cusp of something big: implanting microchip memory devices in people. Ted Berger, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Southern California in LA, is one of the scientists on the team. Berger says that he and his fellow researchers have devised a technique that allows them to record and store memories for people who have

An 11-Year-Old Just Drew An Entire World Map To Scale From Memory

An 11-year-old with autism recently dazzled a college class, doing something that most of them will likely never be able to. According to Bored Panda… “A professor in New York whose 11-year-old son has autism recently invited him to her class, where he got up on a chair and drew a detailed, accurate map of the world completely from memory.”   According to Distractify… “Redditor bobitis was sitting in on the class (which his daughter is enrolled in) and couldn’t help

Innovative Tech Firm Shows Off A Drone Controlled Entirely By Brainwaves (Video)

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Imagine boarding a flight in which the pilot isn’t even on the plane. Instead, he or she is on the ground, hooked up to a helmet that allows them to fly the plane using nothing but their brainwaves. That’s the future that Tekever imagines. The innovative company demonstrated the technology at an airstrip in Lisbon, Portugal earlier this month, using it to control a small unmanned drone. Tekever based their brain-controlled drone system off of existing electroencephalography (EEG) technology, tweaking it so that it could

The Torture Report, Part 2: Is Torture A Necessary Evil? (Opinion Piece)

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In 1989, the CIA told Congress that, “…inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”   Less than 15 years later, the CIA was torturing detainees in secret prisons around the world in an attempt to gather intel following the attacks of 9/11. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on this “enhanced interrogation” program, released this past Tuesday, appears to have confirmed what the CIA itself told Congress about the ineffectiveness of torture back

This Strange Wrinkle-less Brain Was Recently Found in A Long-Forgotten Lab Closet

One of the most familiar characteristics of the human brain are its grooves (sulci) and folds (gyri). But not everyone’s brain is the same when it comes to these structures. Roughly 1 out of every 85,470 children are born with a rare brain condition known as lissencephaly, which is characterized by a lack of sulci and gyri. The condition is a result of abnormal neuron migration during the early weeks of embryo development, and most people born with it pass away before

Scientists Just Built A Robot That Performs Brain Surgery Through Your Cheek

3-D printing, robotics and other technological advances have been revolutionizing the field of medicine in the past few years. From 3-D printed prosthetics for amputee victims to the bionic pancreas, there is no denying that modern medicine owes many of its recent advances to technology. Now, researchers from Vanderbilt University have designed a robot that can perform brain surgery on people suffering from conditions that affect the hippocampus, a region of the brain that plays a role in inhibition, memory and spatial awareness. Epilepsy is one

MRI’s Reveal How Some People Have a 6th Sense for Predicting Market Bubbles

In 2008, the American economy fell into a major recession following the collapse of the housing bubble. How did this bubble form? Basically, the government made it extremely easy to get a home loan, even if you didn’t really have the means to pay it back. As a result, everybody started buying and selling houses like hot cakes. Even when real estate prices became clearly higher than the actual value of the properties, people kept buying, in the hopes that they could re-sell at an

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