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Stressing the Hippocampus: Why It Matters

Stressing the Hippocampus: Why It Matters

A vital part of your brain is named after the animal that its odd, twisting shape resembles: the seahorse, genus Hippocampus . _____________________ J Douglas Bremner Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit Emory University, Atlanta The hippocampus is a brain area involved in memory that animal studies have shown to be sensitive to the effects of stress.

January 8, 2008 — Mind Matters
Sunbathing: good or bad?

Sunbathing: good or bad?

Is it better to bask in the sun and boost your production of Vitamin D or hide from its rays and the potential skin cancer they cause? A new study leans toward the former, at least for those from the high latitudes, like Scandinavia.

January 7, 2008 — David Biello
Lethal injection doubts reach Supreme Court

Lethal injection doubts reach Supreme Court

There is no doubt that Ralph Baze is a killer, shooting two police officers in the back when they arrived to serve arrest warrants. But there is a doubt that the method the state of Kentucky would use to execute Baze is more humane than he--"cruel and unusual" punishment.

January 7, 2008 — David Biello
James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

Things are really starting to heat up over at Sciam's freewheeling new news firehose, 60 Second Science. Here's what you're missing: James Watson might be 16% black; gods of irony shout,"BUUURN!" Voyager 2 leaves solar system, looking forward to 'new projects with Diddy' Atlantis shuttle crew fends off giant arachnid OMG-we-wish-we-were-kidding-dept: Airborne pig brain matter may cause neurological disorder in pork industry workers How Saturn's 'UFO' Moons formed [video] 10,000 Years of Human Civilization Explained by One Study The Fab Four’s hit singles funded development of CT scanner!

December 11, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought

Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought



by Robert Stickgold

Harvard Medical School



Most of us can remember at least one occasion on which we sat in class, half asleep, trying to pay attention and learn what we were being taught "“ to no avail.

December 11, 2007 — David Dobbs
Climate change conundrum

Climate change conundrum

Wedged between the IPCC wrapping up its fourth assessment and the Bali negotiations for a "son of Kyoto" (a successor treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions globally), comes the Scientific American climate change series.

November 26, 2007 — David Biello
When Every Face is Like Another

When Every Face is Like Another

Toward a Neurofunctional Definition of "Face-Blindness"
Alison M. Harris & Geoffrey K. Aguirre University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA In 1947 Dr.

November 19, 2007 — David Dobbs

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