Journalist Joshua Foer documents the decline and fall of the modern memory thanks to digital devices that store everything from phone numbers to mathematical formulae. “We remember facts about subjects we are interested in—football or gossip—but day-to-day memories are often devoid of meaning: dates, numbers, definitions or names. These we tend to be poor at recalling. The trick, therefore, is to transform these grey bits of data into something colourful through the use of some energetic imagination. In this way, all sorts of feats become possible.”
Disease kills off 40% of farmed catfish. This gene protects them.
Researchers watched for signs of withdrawal — but didn’t find any.
Compared to people who took a placebo, the brains of those who took caffeine pills had a temporarily smaller gray matter volume.
“It is more human to laugh at life than to lament it.”