Mind-Boosting Brain Zapping

Ever wished you could think more laterally to solve a problem? Zapping the brain with electricity helps people think outside the box to solve a task.

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a safe and non-invasive method of temporarily altering the activity of neurons by passing weak currents through electrodes on the scalp. It can enhance mathematical skills, memory, attention and language learning. Richard Chi and Allan Snyder of the University of Sydney in Australia wondered whether it would help people solve brain-teasers. They began by training 60 volunteers to solve arithmetic problems expressed in Roman numerals constructed from matchsticks.

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
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The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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