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Why you should read and train to boost your brain

posted onFebruary 28, 2018
by l33tdawg

The brain can take over functions of injured parts of the brain. It can create new neural pathways and even make new brain cells, contrary to what scientists used to think.

"The brain is like the body – the more we exercise, the better it works," said Espen Dietrichs, a neurology professor, brain researcher and writer, in a lecture on how flexible the brain is. He spoke recently at an evening event in Oslo organized by the Norway’s national association for heart and lung disorders (LHL) and LHL Hjerneslag, as part of the fourth national conference on the heart and brain.

A Guy Just Injected Himself With a DIY Herpes Treatment on Stage at a Body Hacking Conference

posted onFebruary 5, 2018
by l33tdawg

Aaron Traywick dropped his pants and prepared to plunge a small syringe into his left thigh. His colleagues leaned in to get a closer look. The audience in the crowd was momentarily silent, as if gritting their teeth and holding their breath.

The syringe was filled with an experimental herpes therapy based on a treatment method only previously tested in mice, and Traywick was about to become the first human to ever try it. On stage. In front of an audience. With his pants down.

An Amateur Just Found The Signal of a Satellite NASA Lost 12 Years Ago

posted onFebruary 2, 2018
by l33tdawg

NASA confirmed an incredible discovery Tuesday - that an amateur radio astronomer, on the hunt for a classified government satellite, stumbled instead upon signals from a spacecraft that had been thought lost 12 years earlier, raising hope that NASA can resurrect a mission that changed our understanding of the "invisible ocean" around the Earth.

IMAGE was a machine designed to "see the invisible," as one of the mission's lead scientists once put it.

This is how many pounds you can lose in a year by standing for six hours a day instead of sitting

posted onFebruary 2, 2018
by l33tdawg

Brace yourself: The calorie-burning benefits of standing versus sitting will not, at first blush, blow you out of your seat. Spend a minute upright instead of seated, and the additional energy expended amounts to less than one-tenth of a calorie (0.04 of a calorie, to be exact).

But a new study that combines the best available research on sitting, standing and energy expenditure invites readers (reclining and otherwise) to consider the potential long-term effects of this seemingly marginal difference.

Largest prime number discovered – with more than 23m digits

posted onJanuary 4, 2018
by l33tdawg

At more than 23m digits long, the number is something of a beast. But for mathematicians, the latest discovery from a global gang of enthusiasts is a thing of beauty: the largest prime number ever found.

Known simply as M77232917, the figure is arrived at by calculating two to the power of 77,232,917 and subtracting one, leaving a gargantuan string of 23,249,425 digits. The result is nearly one million digits longer than the previous record holder discovered in January 2016.

NASA And Google Just Announced They've Found Another Solar System Like Ours

posted onDecember 14, 2017
by l33tdawg

NASA and Google announced a "major discovery"on Thursday: another solar system with eight planets.

That finding is due to the discovery of a new planet, Kepler-90i - a hot, rocky orb circling a sun-like star called Kepler-90, which is 2,545 light-years from Earth.

The planet was found using a machine-learning system from Google, which was put to work sifting through data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Kepler, a space telescope that trails Earth in orbit around the sun, has stared down 145,000 sun-like stars over the years to look for signs of distant planets.