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Time in Mind

AS A SPECIES, WE ARE FASCINATED BY TIME. WE’VE BEEN MEASURING IT FOR SOME 4,000 YEARS AND CELEBRATING ITS PASSAGE FOR FAR LONGER.

We synchronize our daily activities using any number of diverse devices — ranging from the mechanical to the subatomic — and yet we rarely stop to think how it is that without such devices we still do a pretty good job of keeping time, knowing how long it will take to get back from the shops, or overtaking the car in front before hitting the oncoming traffic.

How do we do this? And why is it that

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LEARNING ALL STEEL

Do not rush to move into a nursing home, if again forgot the name of a new colleague, and stop already complain about the lack of inspiration. To head you will not let down, it is better to take care of proper nutrition.

You would be happy to do all his life a light snack, but your brain, be sure likes to eat a full and balanced. It weighs some 2% of body weight, but still manages to burn a quarter of the energy that the body uses during sedentary work. That’s why you wore down like a stonecutter until

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Bird Yoga

As owls manage to turn my head, without turning your neck?

«Experts in personal injury caused by damage of the arteries of the neck and head, wondering why the forests are still not littered with the corpses of owls, who died of a brain haemorrhage?» — Says neuroradiology Philip Gaya Medical Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA). These birds are able to turn his head 270 degrees. Theoretically such rotation should lead to a pinched the main neck artery supplying blood to the brain. But, as the researchers found, this protects the owls are a number of anatomical

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Clarity

Scientists in Karl Deisseroth’s bio engineering lab at Stanford recently announced Clarity, an imaging technique rendering thick animal tissues transparent, along with a visually stunning image of a mouse brain turned clear. Clarity unmasks the camouflage of dense surrounding tissue. The image of the mouse’s brain received tremendous publicity. I asked applied mathematician Chris Wiggins to explain why. «When I read about the ‘clear brain,’ made transparent optically, I was struck by how it captured the imagination of neuro scientists hoping that it will make the brain more transparent in the sense of understood.» Wiggins described collaborating with molecular biologists

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Brain Dump: try the new digital-only science mag

Brain Dump, a first-of-its-kind, digital-only science magazine for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, is now available. This groundbreaking product can be subscribed to on

Apple’s Newsstand and Google Play from just £0.69 ($0.99).

Built on a new digital platform designed by world-leading agency

3 Sided Cube, Brain Dump delivers a flurry of fascinating facts every issue, reducing tough-to-grasp concepts about science, nature and lots more into bite-sized, easy-tolearn articles.

“Brain Dump is a milestone product for more than one reason,” said Aaron Asadi, Head of

Publishing. “This is a brand-new digital publishing initiative that will make everyone sit up and

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Alcohol: biology, anatomy

To understand why alcohol manages to enslave so many people need to understand — how it behaves in the body and what consequences this may cause. As in the immediate and distant future. Let's start from the beginning.

Ethyl alcohol is rapidly absorbed in the intestine and enters the bloodstream. Because alcohol is absorbed faster than the cleaved and removed from the body, its concentration in the blood rapidly increased. A small amount of alcohol in the blood is excreted unchanged in the urine, sweat and exhaled air. Oxidation of the alcohol occurs mainly in the liver, creates about

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Insomnia should be treated

We are used to treat insomnia safely, take it as something unpleasant, but not particularly serious. For example, like dandruff: visible on clothing, appearance spoils, but that's not a reason to take immediate action and run to the doctor!

Our people prefer to deal with insomnia on their own. Some buy sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications. Others, after watching advertisements, taking dietary supplements. Someone on the principle of OBS (one grandmother said) experienced by traditional recipes, and someone rearranges the furniture in the bedroom on the principles of feng shui.

Dream and mind

What is insomnia and where

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The problem of brain drain .. Germany

Segodnyaschy South American New-York times article about the dilemmas endeared so called "Brain drain" in the EU. When this is not a case of Eastern Europe and of unskilled workers. Educated youth, engineers, doctors, architects and scientists are leaving Germany for the best career and higher wages in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland or England.He was exhausted from the high taxesHere, for example, the story of Tom Benedict West Germany, an engineer who worked in the family business. He was exhausted from the high taxes, 80-hour workweek, problems of the German economy — which, although it develops, but far behind the

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Headache from the lessons?

Many people think that the headache — an attribute of solid age. Recently, however, more and more of her children suffer, especially in adolescence. To understand why the baby a headache, is not easy. In search of the truth of the doctor refers the patient to a neurophysiological center for removal of the electroencephalogram, an ultrasound of the brain, on the x-rays of the cervical spine, a chiropractor.

One of the reasons — a violation of labor, birth trauma, lack of oxygen to the fetus. This shift could occur, and sometimes a fracture of the neck vertebrae. The

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Headache in children

Many people think that the headache — an attribute of solid age. Recently, however, more and more of her children suffer, especially in adolescence. To understand why the baby a headache, is not easy. In search of the truth of the doctor refers the patient to a neurophysiological center for removal of the electroencephalogram, an ultrasound of the brain, on the x-rays of the cervical spine and to consult specialists.

One of the reasons — a violation of labor, birth trauma, lack of oxygen to the fetus. This could occur by cervical dislocation. The displaced vertebra slightly pinched by

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