Creative people's brains are uniquely wired, scientists discover

Could these findings be used to boost creativity?

Salvador Dali had a pretty unique method for capturing creative dreams.

One of the most important aspects of innovation is creativity. But the trait has been elusive. How on earth do you generate it? Stories of artists regale us with bizarre methods. For instance, Salvador Dali would nap in a chair with his keys dangling over a metal plate. Once he relaxed enough to let go of the keys, they’d go crashing down onto the plate, rousing him from his slumber, his dream still fresh in his mind. Dali would then rush to capture the memory of his dream.

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Does Acupuncture Work by Re-Mapping the Brain?

Acupuncture has a bad rap in the scientific community, but can modern brain scanning techniques redeem it?

Detail from an 18th-century Chinese depiction of the various acupuncture points. Photo courtesy Wellcome Images

Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. It was developed at a time bereft of tools such as genetic testing or even a modern understanding of anatomy, so medical philosophers did the best they could with what was available – herbs, animal products and rudimentary needles. In the process, perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.

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