Digital Drugs: Thync’s Smartphone-Driven Relaxer Brings More Serious Science To The DIY Electric Brain-Hacking Set

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For a little while now, people have been hacking their own brains with something called tDCS, or electrodes on the scalp, trying to enhance their mood and mental functioning.

-But the potentially-dangerous bro-science practice has had spotty results, until now.

Because a company called Thync has pooled a team of experts to change all that.

When their engineers & doctors looked at all the different effects and the conflicting studies surrounding the noggin-zaps, from improvements on…

Video: ASAPScience Asks, Can We Genetically Improve Intelligence?


 
And as a great companion video to the Vsauce post, ASAPScience asks if we can improve not our Strength or Speed, but our Intelligence through genetic means, and what people are already doing about it.

The core of their idea is based on The Cognitive Genomics Project, Big Data & Gene Therapy…

Shot Heard Round The World: Good-Vibrations Innovation Looks Extremely Promising As Alzheimer’s Fix

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Researchers at Australia’s Queensland Brain Institute have come up with a novel application of an old tool that might seriously impact the lives of people suffering from one of the worst diseases imaginable; -Alzheimer’s.

“Breakthrough” might even be the word used to describe it.

Though he hasn’t yet discussed the inspiration for what is basically a Physical trick instead of a pharmaceutical one, something lead Dr. Jurgen Gotz & his team to think that of all things, an old ultrasound box could be used on something as fragile as the brain, maybe even as a miraculous cure…

Video: ASAPScience’s Take On The Benefits Of Meditation


 
ASAPScience power of meditation youtube screenshotIn this video, ASAPScience goes over some of the interesting and profound ways that meditation can affect your health.

Among the things they cover are empathy, learning, physical changes to the brain & stress.

And although it’s worth a watch, they did not go quite into the depth of the posts here and here,…

Damn The Desserts, Full-Steam Ahead!: Fruits & Vegetables Really Do Make Life More Worth Living

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Your mom ever pack an apple in your lunch, or tell you to eat your vegetables?

Well, it turns out mom just wanted you to be awesome, and those theories Bradley the teddy-bear whispered late at night about her being part of the international spinach cartel were purely-circumstantial.

In a University of Otago study, Tamlin Conner and her team studied the diets of a small group of young adults along with…

UT Team Figures Out How To ‘Glue’ Injured Nerves Back Together

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Nerve injuries of all types are terrible events for anyone experiencing them.

And the outlook is generally-poor, because we really don’t heal as well as Dr. Connors in The Amazing Spiderman.

So George Bittner’s UT team has come up with the obvious solution: Turn people into crocodiles.

They soon discovered that was really hard to do. So for the time being, they came up with a workaround: Stop the ‘scarring’ process & get things back together…

Curry Spice Might Help Brain Repair Itself, Chillax, Then Take Over World

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And here we go back to our old friend, Turmeric.

Will the wonder-spice never cease to astound?

You’re all familiar with the rockstar compound from it, called Curcumin, which does all kinds of stuff and is a great anti-inflammatory.
 
HOWEVER! There is now a Second compound researchers are studying from the spice, called Aromatic-Turmerone.

And it seems to have a different superpower: Making brain-cells grow…

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