For the centuries that humanity has researched the brain, we’ve believed that a memory is only preserved if the connected neurons were active. But that has just been proven wrong, as scientists have discovered that small jolts of electricity to the cranial mass can actually recover lost memories.
In what is going to be a game-changer for anyone suffering from short-term memory loss, the team at the University of Wisconsin found that a small pulse of transcranial magnetic stimulation can “reactivate” recent memories.
This proves one significant thing – memories don’t just disappear. Your brain, in fact, slows these memories down to a state of dormancy in the background, ready to come back when influenced to do so.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for long-term memories, so don’t expect to take your mind back to a Christmas you actually got excited about (mine was receiving a PS2 with Ridge Racer in 2000). However, it’s clear there’s a lot about the brain that we don’t know fully yet.
In the long term, this could mean significant treatment options for the likes of Alzheimer’s and other conditions where the reactivation of short-term memories will help keep the patient sound-of-mine and improve quality of life.
A Kentucky Governor has blamed the Florida school shooting on violent video games, not guns - bringing up a debate that was settled years ago. Allow me to respond…
No common cold is going to stop me recording Learn Something, so fair warning about my horrible voice! On today's episode - space, sex and the history of Valentine's Day.
From being a finalist in the UK Blog Awards to my podcast crashing its way into the top 10 list, I have a lot to love each and every single one of you for this Valentine’s Day.
Artificial Intelligence can be trained to do a lot of things, but it turns out it’s not so great in the art of romance - creating such love-inducing candy heart messages like “SWEAT POO.”
Viral Facebook pages are regularly sharing still images as videos - much to the confusion and annoyance of users everywhere. Here is why they do this…
To celebrate the successful launch of a SpaceX rocket that could one day take us to Mars, this week’s episode of the Learn Something podcast is all about space.
Another Wednesday, another Twitch instalment of Emotion Engineer – the only channel dedicated to the PlayStation 2. On this episode, I will be showing just why the original Shadow of the Colossus is better than the remake.
Struggling to keep to your monthly data limit? Expect things to get a little tougher, as new research shows we will be consuming a whopping 98 GB of data every month by 2025.
Recent research shows that all social media users can be placed into one of four categories – the Geek, the Lurker, the Victim or the Internet Celebrity. Which one are you?
After what seemed like 25 years, January is finally over. So in this week's episode of Learn Something, we're kicking off February with a bunch of weirdly random facts - including the Cookie Monster's real name...
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