Brain Boosters and Brain Busters
Psychology & Health
Ever wanted to completely forget a bad memory? Anthony reports on the discovery of a gene that could aid in memory extinction and bring to life a real Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Few diets are as difficult to follow as a vegan one. No animals or animal products period. It’s simple in theory, but it presents a whole host of health concerns, as well practical ones. Laci has what you need to know if you’re thinking of making the vegan switch.
Sleep consumes a sizable portion of each of our days, but what would happen if we significantly reduced the amount we got on a daily basis? Is your lack of sleep slowly killing you?
In the early days of the space race, agency researchers in Russia and at NASA really weren’t sure all what would happen to an astronaut in space. They didn’t know if a human mind could handle actually seeing Earth or what would happen to the human body when exposed to long periods of weightlessness.
Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space. The ultimate human guinea pig, he survived, becoming an international hero.
NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster.
In mediaeval times lefties were believed to be in league with Beelzebub himself, this gave rise to the word sinister from the Latin ‘sinistra’ meaning of the left. Later on scientists proposed that left-handed people had their brains wired differently, which turned out to be only partially true.
Why can’t we recall being born? It was kind of a big day, so you’d think we’d remember. Anthony looks at how the inner workings of a baby’s brain differs from that of a full grown adult.
The winners of the 2013 Google Science Fair have been announced, and the prizes this year go to some truly amazing young scientists. Trace shows us the inventions they came up with, and introduces us to the high schooler who took home the top prize.
Professor Stephen Hawking in a speak at premiere of the documentary film about his life, said that brain ‘could exist outside the body’ and like a program, could be copied onto a computer.
Does the order you’re born in really affect the kind of person you grow up to be? Trace explains if there’s really the impact people say there is.
Gossip is something that’s been around for ages- it’s even talked about in the Bible! Trace explains how gossip and rumor have plain an important role on human evolution and its impact on society.
You know what’s funny? Why people laugh. Hank talks about the science of laughter: what makes us laugh, what purpose it serves, and even what it can tell us about our mental and physical health. Hilarious!
Most people sit between 5 and 12 hours a day. Depending on your job, you are probably sitting more than you are sleeping. Watch to find out how sitting is slowly killing you, and what you can do about it,
When we make a recording of our own voice then play it back, we are hearing it more or less as other people do. The sound waves travel as a series of vibrations through the air and meet our ear drum. The ear drum in turn sets three tiny bones vibrating – the incus, malleus and the stapes and they send vibrations into the cochlea. The cochlea translates the vibrations into nerve signals and those are sent to the brain. Why then does that sound so different to what we perceive as our own voice?