British scientists develop computer memory made of glass

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The glass memory has been compared to the ‘memory crystals’ used in the Superman films.

Soon computers may be saving their data onto hard drives made of glass following research by British scientists who have developed a way of storing information similar to the “memory crystals” seen in the Superman films.

 

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Are Search Engines changing the way our memory works?

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Has the Search Engine altered our way of thinking and remembering?

If you can Google it, why bother remembering? Being able to access facts with just a few keystroke definitely improved our lives, but it has actually changed the way our memories work.

A study of 46 college students found lower rates of recall on newly-learned facts when students thought those facts were saved on a computer for later recovery.

If you think a fact is conveniently available online, then, you may be less apt to learn it…

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Changes in Sleep Habits in Mid-Life Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline

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Length of sleep among middle aged adults affects cognitive function.

If you wanted to spend your retirement years sleeping until noon before drinking your first cup of coffee, you might want to weigh that luxurious dream against its consequences…. Such a change in your sleep habits may just leave you with not a lot on the ball.

 

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Having Trouble Remembering Things? Spring Clean Your Mind

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If you have trouble remembering things you probably need to declutter your mind.

Having trouble remembering names and numbers or can’t remember to follow the plot of a film?   Help could be at hand.   The problem is that you know too much – and you need to declutter, or spring-clean your mind, according to scientists.

 

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Texting Teens Exhausted by Being ‘On Call’ All Night

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Teens don’t want to miss emergency texts, even late-arriving ones.

10th-grader Ashley Olafsson sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow so she doesn’t miss “emergency’’ texts — “like if a friend broke up with her boyfriend.’’ Stephanie Kimball of Waltham, 14, is also available for urgent overnight correspondence, such as, “Hey, seeing if you’re awake.’’ Dedham ninth-grader Courtney Johnson gets as many as 100 texts while in bed. “I just don’t feel like myself if I don’t have my phone near me or I’m not on it,’’ she said.

 

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Sheep Are More Intelligent Than Previously Thought – They Can Even Make ‘Executive Decisions’

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Sheep can remember faces and have long memories.

Sheep aren’t as stupid as previously thought, according to researchers.  Never considered particularly intelligent, sheep are actually so smart they make ‘executive decisions’ and have long memories, remembering friends for two years.

 

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Coffee Improves Women’s Brainpower but Sends Men Into a Meltdown

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Coffee boosts women’s performance when working with others.

Next time you have a high-pressure meeting at work, keep an eye on what goes into your colleagues’ cups.   Drinking coffee improves women’s brainpower in stressful situations – but sends men into meltdown, according to a study.

 

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Phantom Images Stored in Flexible Network Throughout Brain

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The brain can compensate for some memory loss

Brain research over the past 30 years has shown that if a part of the brain controlling movement or sensation or language is lost because of a stroke or injury, other parts of the brain can take over the lost function — often as well as the region that was lost.

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Walking Six Miles a Week May Keep Your Brain From Shrinking in Old Age

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Study showed that those who walked at least six miles had less age-related brain shrinkage than people who walked less.

Walking at least six miles a week may be one thing people can do to keep their brains from shrinking and fight off dementia, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

 

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