Why Our Brains Constantly Create New Threats

BY David Levari WHY do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever. Think of a “neighborhood watch” made up of volunteers who call the police when they see anything suspicious. Imagine a new volunteer who joins the watch to help lower crime in the area. When they first start volunteering, they raise the alarm when they see signs of serious crimes, like assault … Continue reading Why Our Brains Constantly Create New Threats

Digital Mental Health Drug Raises Troubling Questions

The goal of the digital sensor is for doctors to monitor their patients’ intake of Abilify MyCite remotely and ensure that the patient is adhering to the correct drug dose and timing. ShareTweetShareEmail    By Anthony Ryan Hatch, Wesleyan University Moments after Neo eats the red pill in “The Matrix,” he touches a liquefied mirror that takes over his skin, penetrating the innards of his body with computer code. When I first learned about the controversial new digital drug Abilify MyCite, I thought of this famous scene and wondered what kinds of people were being remade through this new biotechnology. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals … Continue reading Digital Mental Health Drug Raises Troubling Questions

Here’s how fluoride destroys your health in obvious, and not so obvious, ways

 by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Few people realize just how far-reaching the effects of long-term exposure to fluoride can be. Dental fluorosis may be the most obvious manifestation of fluoride damage as it discolors and pits people’s teeth, but much of the other harm it causes is not as easy to see and is often blamed on something else. Here’s a look at a few of the ways in which fluoride destroys your health. Cognitive and IQ problems Many people feel fluoridated water is a big reason for the general “dumbing down” of society we’ve seen in recent years. It makes sense … Continue reading Here’s how fluoride destroys your health in obvious, and not so obvious, ways

After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Credit: Petr Kratochvil. PublicDomainPictures.net.  by PHILIP PERRY Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in? Some scientists have studied near death experiences (NDEs) to try to gain insights into how death overcomes the brain. What they’ve found is remarkable, a surge of electricity enters the brain moments before brain death. One 2013 study out of the University of … Continue reading After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Faulty Studies Mean Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong

Image credit: Emily Cho by Dan Robitzski  Pizza is healthy. At least that’s what I was told in kindergarten. After all, it has all the major food groups, which (at the time) included a big ol’ pyramid base of bread. I (and the other six-year-olds, I imagine) took that nutrition advice to heart well into adulthood. Being an adult means you can have pizza anytime you want. Before you scoff at my poorly-informed nutritional choices, you should probably recognize that you have a fair amount of food misinformation swimming around your own head. Do you buy low-fat cheese and skim milk, … Continue reading Faulty Studies Mean Everything You Know About Nutrition Is Wrong

Here’s What Happens to Your Body And Brain if You Stop Drinking Water

Don’t try this at home. BEC CREW What would actually happen to your body if you stopped drinking water, including all beverages that contain water, like juices, soft drinks, and tea? Well, let’s start by saying it wouldn’t be pretty – your body is made up of 60 percent water, which is reason enough to make sure you’re constantly replenishing your supply. All that water works really hard to ensure that you continue functioning properly, by transporting vital nutrients and hormones to where they need to go, cushioning our joints, regulating our internal temperature, and lubricating our eyeballs. But we lose … Continue reading Here’s What Happens to Your Body And Brain if You Stop Drinking Water

Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?

YUSUF AHMAD / REUTERS On the fear that too much processing power will make us cease to be human by RACHEL GUTMAN Faster, more powerful computing has the potential to revolutionize fields from drug delivery to freight transportation. But some are also worried that the computers of the future could also upend what it means to be human. Quantum computing capitalizes on the quantum-physics principle that a particle may be in two states at once, as long as it does not leave a record of either state. Unlike traditional computers, which are made of bits restrained to values of zero or … Continue reading Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?