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The good news is that, despite what 50 Cent may tell you, we generally don’t die if we lose. The bad news is, evolution hasn’t exactly helped us adapt to this new lifestyle, and as a result your brain continually tells you to do some things that will keep you poor forever.

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Researchers have discovered a key cellular mechanism that may help the brain control how much we eat, what we weigh, and how much energy we have.

Full story at Futurity

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, and studies have previously shown that it can boost learning and even stave off dementia in later life—though nobody knew why. New research suggests, though, that it’s because the brain takes advantage of energy delivery systems just as much as your muscles.

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There are plenty of strange alternative uses for herbs. Rosemary, for instance, is supposed to soothe the skin and cure dandruff—though I can’t promise how well it will do either. Science, however, now tells us it definitely can make you smarter.

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Ritalin increases people’s ability to recognize their mistakes, which could treat loss of insight linked to Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

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Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore said they had found evidence which shows that periods of stopping virtually all food intake for one or two days a week could protect the brain against some of the worst effects of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other ailments.

Full story at The Guardian

When first exposed to cocaine, the adolescent brain launches a strong defensive reaction designed to minimize the drug’s effects, Yale and other scientists have found.

Full story at Science Daily

The research team visited patients in their hospital rooms and played them recorded words while monitoring activity in the superior temporal gyrus, a region of the auditory cortex. By decoding patterns of activity in the brain, doctors may one day be able to play back the imagined conversations in our heads, or to communicate with a person who can think and hear but cannot speak.

Full story at Popular Science

These compulsions aren’t inscribed in our genes or hard-wired into the brain at birth. Scientists are discovering that habits are simply an extreme form of learning, a behavior that’s so familiar we no longer need to think about it.

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A new study has discovered significant differences in brain development between infants who go on to develop autism and those who do not. As early as 6 months of age, imaging scans show major changes take place in the brains of children who were later diagnosed with autism, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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