Have you ever wanted to stimulate some part of your brain, only to be thwarted by that pesky skull ensconcing it? Don’t want to drill holes and implant electrodes? Well lucky it’s the 21st century so now you don’t have to. Let’s take a dive into the weird science of transcranial magnetic stimulation. AdvertisementsRead More Zap Your Brain with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Over the past few years a slew of news outlets have been singing the cognitive benefits of learning to juggle. If one is to believe the hype, this ancient circus activity will increase your brain power, make your brain bigger (permanently, no less), and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Dang. Can there be any truth to these heady claims, or is it another case of the media committing that most […]Read More The Neuroscience of Juggling
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that physical fitness can be trained, and that this is a healthy and clever thing to do. What is less often considered is that mental fitness can also be trained. And luckily for us, we live in an age when we have the science to point us in the right direction! Before we dive into the following techniques, it’s […]Read More How to Improve your Crappy Memory – With Evidence!
My mum likes to remind me how, as a little kid, I cried in the movie Bambi when Bambi’s mother gets killed by the hunter. Looking back, it feels like it may have been one of my most salient developmental moments. Bambi was a kid just like me, a massive mummy’s boy just like me, and […]Read More Pixar’s Inside Out: children’s films, moral psychology and neurospirituality
Well, maybe not your *favourite* drugs, depending what you’re into. But it’s true: the existence of many of the most popular drugs on the planet can be traced directly back to insects. This includes nicotine, cocaine, possibly cannabis (with a fuzzy asterisk), and of course the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world: caffeine. Coffee is the second […]Read More All Your Favourite Drugs Exist Thanks To… Insects?
About two decades ago, a team of scientists at the San Diego Neuroscience Institute found themselves in the enviable situation of having spare grant money lying around. During a particularly dull lab meeting, one of the scientists – who was fantasising about chocolate instead of paying attention* – drifted into a wacky line of thought: […]Read More Chocolate, Cannabis and Chemistry of the Brain
Disclaimer: Trading Atoms has no interests, financial or otherwise, in any biotechnology or related company. Genetically modified (GM) crops are playing an increasingly significant role in global agriculture, and quite literally changing the face of our planet. Unfortunately, science has a rich history of inadvertently messing things up, which raises a question: should we be concerned about GM crops too? There […]Read More GMOs Pt 4: Is the Apocalypse Nigh?
Disclaimer: Trading Atoms has no interests, financial or otherwise, in any biotechnology or related company. Welcome to the third part of this mini-series on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), where we’ll take a more detailed look at what the heck is out there in the environment. If you’ve just tuned in, you might like to first read up on what exactly genetic modification […]Read More GMOs Pt 3: What the Heck is Out There?
Disclaimer: Trading Atoms has no interests, financial or otherwise, in any biotechnology or related company. In Part 1 of this series we delved into the realm of genetics and looked at just what constitutes a genetically modified organism (GMO). We said the essential difference is that a GMO usually produces one or more extra proteins that don’t exist in the original […]Read More GMOs Pt 2: How to Make Your Very Own!
Disclaimer: Trading Atoms has no interests, financial or otherwise, in any biotechnology or related company. The development of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is clearly one of the more controversial issues of our time, with a wellspring of strongly held opinions issuing forth, particularly from the political left. With such widespread distrust and uncertainty amongst concerned citizens, the topic is well and truly ripe […]Read More GMOs Pt 1: Just What is Genetic Modification?