Neuroscientists discover on/off switch in the brain for deep sleep

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The parafacial zone (PZ) in the brain stem produces half of all the brain’s sleep-promoting activity.

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have used an innovative new method to identify a circuit in the brain that promotes deep sleep, which reinvigorates the brain from its daily activities.

 

 

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Computing’s Next Big Transformation – Semantic Intelligence

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Futurist Thomas Frey: I had great difficulty completing this column. This is partly due to the complex nature of the technology and partly because its implications may indeed be so far reaching that I’ll sound over-reaching in describing it.

 

 

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Vultures In South Africa Pushed Into Extinction By Gamblers Who Smoke Their Brains For Magic Powers

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Dried Vulture Brains Are Being Smoked By Gamblers
South Africa’s vultures are being pushed into extinction by gamblers who believe smoking their dried brains will give them special powers, wildlife organisations have warned.

While British fans study the form book and the back pages, some South Africans believe the “muti” magic will help them predict football match results. And they are hoping the World Cup will be a great opportunity for a big win. However…

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Canned Meat, Fish & Bugs From Around the World

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Notice how amazingly similar the product looks to the photo on the can…

 

The folks over at Now That’s Nifty Blogspot have assembled a colorful and quite disquieting array of canned meat (and meat-like) products from around the world. All cultures around the world eat canned meat because it is an easy and safe way to preserve it. However, most of these meats are WAY off the scale of a typical American’s diet.

Take for instance the “Pork Brains 

 

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Can Animals Tell The Difference Between Right And Wrong?

Can Animals Tell The Difference Between Right And Wrong?

Research suggests that it’s not just humans who have a moral compass  

Animals possess a sense of morality that allows them to tell the difference between right and wrong, according to a controversial new book.   Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.

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Pictures Reveal Shocking Effects Alcohol, Cigarettes and Caffeine Have On The Brain

Pictures Reveal Shocking Effects Alcohol, Cigarettes and Caffeine On The Brain

Caffeine is widely seen as relatively harmless – but these drastic images will make even habitual coffee drinkers rethink 

What exactly are you doing to your brain when you drink alcohol or coffee? If you think they can’t be doing much harm, the pictures after the jump may come as a shock. (Pics)

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Scientists Use Own Children As Test Subjects

Scientists Use Own Children As Test Subjects 

Even before his son was born, Pawan Sinha saw unique potential.  At a birthing class, Dr. Sinha, a neuroscience professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stunned everyone, including his wife, by saying he was excited about the baby’s birth “because I really want to study him and do experiments with him.” He did, too, strapping a camera on baby Darius’s head, recording what he looked at.

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