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.
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 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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.