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Sunken, 600-year-old Buddha emerges from water in China
21st January 2017 edition.cnn.com | Ancient

A 600-year-old Buddha statue has been discovered in a reservoir in east China’s Jiangxi Province after water levels fell during renovation work.

A local villager first spotted the head of the Buddha last month when the water level fell by more than 10 meters during work on a hydropower gate, official state news agency Xinhua reported.

Headset records brain waves, composes ideal music
21st January 2017 | asahi.com | Tech

An artificial intelligence headset that records your brain waves and then composes original music tailor-made to improve your mood has been developed by Japanese scientists.

The synthesized music is meant to possess the power to uplift a person’s feelings.


Alt: The AI that can write a symphony just for you: Headset claims to be able to lift wearer’s mood with a personalized score made from their brain waves

Facebook targets a way to read your mind
21st January 2017 | stuff.co.nz | Tech

Facebook already has your name, your friends and your photographs: now it might want your thoughts too.

Job advertisements posted in California suggest that the social network is planning to develop telepathic technology that can read brain waves – a way of sharing that would go far beyond status updates or sharing holiday snaps.


Alt: Facebook has a mysterious team working on tech that sounds a lot like mind reading

A New Device Could Make Memory Implants a Reality
21st January 2017 futurism.com | Tech

By mimicking the way neurons fire in the hippocampus during natural memory creation, a brain implant was used to successfully plant memories in the brains of rats.

Though human implementation is far off, this breakthrough in cracking the hippocampus’ mathematical “memory code” has very important implications for health and research.

Organ-on-a-chip
21st January 2017 news.mit.edu | Tech

A new technique for programming human stem cells to produce different types of tissue on demand may ultimately allow personalized organs to be grown for transplant patients.


Related: Human Organs-on-Chips

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It’s Because You Love Them
21st January 2017 | npr.org | Humans

When Samantha Deffler was young, her mother would often call her by her siblings’ names — even the dog’s name. “Rebecca, Jesse, Molly, Tucker, Samantha,” she says.

A lot of people mix up children’s names or friends’ names, but Deffler is a cognitive scientist at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., and she wanted to find out why it happens.

Too many tabs: Why some people can multitask online and others can’t
21st January 2017 | sciencealert.com | Humans

Past research has shown that we have a very limited capacity to perform two or more tasks at the same time and brainpower suffers when we try.

But my new study suggests that some people are better at multitasking online than others. Being able to switch between multiple web pages and successfully find what you want all comes down to how good your working memory is.

Learning a Second Language Linked to Synesthesia
21st January 2017 | livescience.com | Humans

People with synesthesia experience the sensory world in a unique way — for example, they “taste” words or “hear” colors. Now, new research suggests that people who learn a second language but aren’t exposed to that second language very early in life are more likely to have this sensory-switching ability than those who are natively bilingual.


Related: Bilingualism may save brain resources as you age
Related: Babies remember their birth language – scientists

Listen with your eyes: one in five of us may ‘hear’ flashes of light
21st January 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans

One in five people is affected by a synaesthesia-like phenomenon in which visual movements or flashes of light are “heard” as faint sounds, according to scientists.

The findings suggest that far more people than initially thought experience some form of sensory cross-wiring – which could explain the appeal of flashing musical baby toys and strobed lighting at raves.

The “Bad Is Black” Effect
21st January 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Humans

Research finds darker skin is associated with perceptions of evil

In two initial studies, the researchers specifically looked at whether the media tends to run darker photographs of celebrities and politicians when writing about their transgressions.

Nightmares May Signal Increased Risk of Suicide
21st January 2017 | scientificamerican.com | Humans

Suicide rates have been rising alarmingly in the U.S. and have reached a 30-year peak of 13 per 100,000 people, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As psychologists and public health officials scramble to find solutions, Michael Nadorff, a psychologist at Mississippi State University, argues that one treatable risk factor has been hiding in the dark: nightmares.

A Nightmare Disease Haunted Ships During Age of Discovery
21st January 2017 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient

The great voyages of discovery, when seafarers such as Magellan and Cook conquered the world’s oceans, brought immense wealth and knowledge to Europe. But they came at a high price. More sailors died of scurvy—more than three times as many—as soldiers were killed in the American Civil War.

Ancient barley seeds give insight into history of Canary Islands
21st January 2017 | pasthorizonspr.com | Ancient

Have you tried the national dish gofio while on holiday on the Canary Islands? If so, you have eaten the same food as the original inhabitants ate, nearly 2,000 years ago. The island farmers have cultivated the same types of grain for over a thousand years.

Military Complex in Israel Dates to the Reign of King Solomon
21st January 2017 | newhistorian.com | Ancient

Archaeologists working in Israel at a two-room military fortification dating back to the tenth century BCE, the time of King Solomon’s and David’s reigns, continue to discover new information. Discovered in 2014 in Israel’s Timna Valley, the gatehouse complex which included livestock pens, was built using heavy stones to defend against invaders.

Rare Evidence of Pregnancy-Related Death Found at Ancient Troy
21st January 2017 | livescience.com | Ancient

Death during pregnancy or childbirth would have been common in the ancient world, but these stories are often invisible in the archaeological record. However, in a new study of ancient DNA, researchers reported evidence of a woman who died of a pregnancy complication — specifically, a fatal bacterial infection — 800 years ago at Troy.

Female shark learns to reproduce without males after years alone
20th January 2017 | newscientist.com | Animal Life

Who needs men? A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own.


Alt: Leopard shark makes world-first switch from sexual to asexual reproduction

Antelope revived in Sahara years after going extinct in the wild
20th January 2017 | newscientist.com | Animal Life

They’re back. Scimitar-horned oryx have been reintroduced to the wild after a two-decade absence and are flourishing in their old stomping grounds.

The desert antelopes were once widespread across northern Africa, but were hunted to extinction in their natural habitat in the 1990s.

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