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New Tech Gets Control of Your Moneybrain

Thursday 11.17.2011 , Posted by

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With all of the Occupy Wall Street talk about division of wealth and the continued concerns about the world economy, it might seem like a good time to start depositing more money in a savings account… but for many, saving that money for a rainy day is a very difficult challenge. You came here for good news though, right? Recent studies have been revealing parts of the brain that encourage some of us to be better savers than others, and now a new technology might be able to bring out the rational money saver in all of us. [Read more...]

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Earth: An Astounding Time Lapse From Space

Monday 11.14.2011 , Posted by

We see a lot of time-lapse videos here at Visual News, but this one takes it to new heights all together: an altitude of over 200 miles to be exact. Filmed by astronaut/photographer Ron Garan from the windows of the orbiting International Space Station, this astoundingly beautiful video captures a view of brightly lit cities, continents, cloud layers and the magnificent aurora borealis as the ISS gracefully speeds around the earth. [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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Stretch sensor like taffy. Watch it bounce back

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

A transparent sensor that is so stretchy it can be pulled to twice its original length and then bounce back perfectly has potential for use with prosthetic limbs, robotics, and touch-sensitive computer displays. [Read more...]

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The Divided Brain: A Explanation of Left and Right

Wednesday 10.26.2011 , Posted by

In this entertaining, beautiful and profound animation, psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist expounds on the uniquely ‘divided’ human brain. He details how this split in our heads was differently understood in the past and how it has altered our behavior, culture and society over time. So much insight you’ll need to use the pause button… a lot!

The audio in the video is taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA free public events program. The full lecture can be found here [Read more...]

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Equation explains forces that repel water, oil

Friday 10.14.2011 , Posted by

A new equation is the first to predict the hydrophobic interactions of molecules. Such interactions explain why oil and water don’t mix, how proteins are structured, and what holds biological membranes together. The new formula is expected to affect applications in water filtration, membrane separations, biomedical research, gene therapy methods, biofuel production, and food chemistry. [Read more...]

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Gas ‘bullets’ shoot from giant black hole

Tuesday 10.04.2011 , Posted by

Astronomers have uncovered some striking features in the gases emitted from the regions close to one of the brightest supermassive black holes known to exist. The black hole has a mass 300 million times that of the sun. [Read more...]

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How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

Tuesday 10.04.2011 , Posted by

A new algorithm suggests there is information lurking in images that cameras have yet to tap. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require trial and error to focus an object. [Read more...]

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Birds May Identify Their Relatives By Smell

Friday 09.23.2011 , Posted by

Penguins appear to use smell to determine if they are related to a potential mate, which suggests birds may have a more highly developed sense of smell than researchers previously thought. [Read more...]

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Tiny devices in tumors generate oxygen to boost chemo

Thursday 09.01.2011 , Posted by

Micro devices implanted inside tumors to generate oxygen boost the cancer-killing power of radiation and chemotherapy. The technology is designed to treat solid tumors that are hypoxic at the center, meaning the core contains low oxygen levels. [Read more...]

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