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  • CBD increases blood flow in regions of the brain linked to memory

    08/14/2020 12:30:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    newatlas.com ^ | By Rich Haridy & University College London--------- August 13, 2020
    A new study, led by researchers from University College London, is offering some of the first robust evidence showing how cannabidiol (CBD), a key compound in cannabis, increases cerebral blood flow in memory processing regions of the brain such as the hippocampus. CBD is just one of more than 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound most often associated with the plant’s psychoactive euphoric effects. CBD on the other hand is increasingly being found to confer a number of positive health outcomes. It recently became the first cannabis-derived compound ever approved by the FDA, used to...
  • Grey parrot called Griffin humiliates Harvard students by beating them in a memory test

    07/08/2020 3:55:05 PM PDT · by Trillian · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 July 2020 | Jonathan Chadwick
    A parrot called Griffin has humiliated students at Harvard University, as well as local children, by beating them in a memory test. Harvard researchers compared human memory skills with those of the African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) – an animal separated from humans by more than 300 million years of evolution. They compared how 21 Harvard undergraduates and 21 six-to-eight-year-old children performed against the 22-year-old bird Griffin in several rounds of a classic shell game. The game required mentally tracking the locations of fluffy pom-poms hidden under cups that swapped places a number of times. Griffin's accuracy was comparable to,...
  • Researchers close in on new nonvolatile memory [Faster, Cheaper]

    12/26/2019 10:01:52 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | December 17, 2019 | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
    Members of the research team that conducted the experiment, standing in front of the high-energy X-ray photoemission spectroscopy setup at the PETRA III synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany. Left to right: Andrei Gloskovskii, Yury Matveyev, Dmitry Negrov, Vitalii Mikheev, and Andrei Zenkevich. Credit: Andrei Zenkevich/MIPT ==================================================================== Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, along with their colleagues from Germany and the U.S., have achieved a breakthrough in nonvolatile memory devices. The team came up with a unique method for measuring the electric potential distribution across a ferroelectric capacitor, which could lead to the creation of memory orders of magnitude...
  • Memories Can Be Injected and Survive Amputation and Metamorphosis [in insects]

    12/20/2019 7:14:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 12/13/2019 | Marco Altamirano
    Glanzman’s unpopular hypothesis was that they might reside in the nucleus of the neuron cell, where DNA and RNA sequences compose instructions for life processes. Glanzman’s team found that the RNA from trained donors induced learning, while the RNA from untrained donors had no effect. They had transferred a memory, vaguely but surely, from one animal to another, and they had strong evidence that RNA was the memory-transferring agent. The work of Douglas Blackiston, an Allen Discovery Center scientist at Tufts University... wanted to know if a butterfly could remember something about its life as a caterpillar, so he exposed...
  • Cashier arrested using 'photographic memory' to steal credit card information of 1,300 customers

    09/10/2019 5:52:28 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 10 Sept 2019 | Jessie Yeung
    A store cashier in Tokyo been arrested on allegations of stealing the credit card information of 1,300 customers using just one tool -- his memory. A crime committed only with the help of a photographic memory would be one of Japan's more unique cases of credit card theft -- but certainly not the biggest. In 2016, a group of thieves used about 1,600 forged cards to withdraw money from 1,400 cash machines across Japan. In just over two hours, they stole $13 million.
  • Biden Calls for Doubling Capital Gains Tax Rate [semi-satire]

    08/23/2019 4:22:22 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2019 | John Semmens
    Alleging that "it was Reagan's unwarranted tax cuts that led to the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1970s," Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice-President Joe Biden called for "a doubling of the capital gains tax rate." "Trump is taking this country down that same disastrous path," Biden claimed. "The tax cuts and deregulation he crammed down America's throat have unleashed the same explosion of prosperity and greed that characterized that tragic earlier era. We must elect Democrats to avoid repeating these earlier mistakes." The former Veep vowed that "if I'm your next president, I will...
  • Vladimir Putin’s Russia is rehabilitating Stalin

    07/13/2019 10:25:25 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 July 2019 | Irina Sherbakova
    Great expectations characterised 1989...The Gorbachev era brought about a frenzy of change, and people witnessed incredible events on a weekly basis: they snatched up newspapers, hung on every word broadcast on TV, and with every passing day they felt more alive and free. By the mid-1990s, nostalgia for the Soviet period started to creep in. The greyness of the Brezhnev era, with its endless queues and empty shops, started to be recalled as a peaceful, prosperous time. And gradually something that had seemed impossible during perestroika, became real: Stalin’s shadow loomed large again. Vladimir Putin’s rise to power came accompanied...
  • Brain zaps boost memory in people over 60, study finds

    04/08/2019 3:49:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 111 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | 8 April 2019
    Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current improved a form of memory enough that they performed like people in their 20s, a new study found... During a sham stimulation, the older group was less accurate than the younger participants. But during and after 25 minutes of real brain stimulation, they did as well. The improvement lasted for at least another 50 minutes after the stimulation ended, at which point the researchers stopped testing. It’s not clear how long the benefit reached beyond that, Reinhart said, but previous research suggests it might go for five hours...
  • Germany responsible for the Holocaust, not Nazis: Polish Prime Minister

    01/30/2019 3:55:31 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 91 replies
    The Local Germany ^ | 28 Jan 2019 | AFP
    Hitler's Germany was responsible for the Holocaust, not the Nazis, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Sunday, as Poland marked 74 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. "Hitler's Germany fed on fascist ideology... But all the evil came from this (German) state and we cannot forget that, because otherwise we relativise evil..." "The Polish state acts as the guardian of the truth, which must not be relativised in any way." "I want to make a promise here to (preserve) the complete truth about that era," he added, in a speech in the southern city of Oswiecim to...
  • People who remember every second of their life - Total recall | 60 Minutes Australia

    11/03/2018 4:41:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 21, 2018 | 60 Minutes Australia
    Imagine being able to remember every minute detail of your life. You can recall what the weather was like, what you were reading or what you wore to the shops at any minute, any hour or any day stretching back decades. It sounds like some kind of parlour trick, but it's actually a real and very rare medical phenomenon.
  • Missing Cat Living as Stray Recognizes Owner After 6 Years Apart

    10/26/2018 2:35:00 PM PDT · by TBP · 63 replies
    MSN ^ | October 26, 2018 | Kelli Bender
    She might have forgotten where home is, but Julie the cat never forgets a face. According to Current in Carmel, the black feline from Carmel, Indiana, slipped out of her home in 2012 and could not be found. At the time, Lorinda Roberts, mother to the cat’s owner, Jon Gulla, relentlessly searched for the feline, but had to refocus her efforts when Gulla was diagnosed with lymphoma shortly after Julie’s escape. Julie remained missing, but was never far from Gulla and Roberts’ thoughts. “Every once in a while you find that needle in a haystack,” Roberts told Current in Carmel...
  • The Fragile Role Of Memory In The Allegations Against Judge Kavanaugh

    09/24/2018 8:13:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2024 | Scott Moorefield
    No matter what happens this week, we’ll likely never truly know what exactly, if anything, happened between Christina Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh that night in 1982, or even between the judge and his latest accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who after “carefully assessing her memories” from a drunken college party 35 years ago, has finally decided that it was, indeed, Brett Kavanaugh who exposed himself to her that night.This isn’t necessarily because Ford and Ramirez are purposefully lying – although they very well could be – but because all the evidence we have, or don’t have, so far seems to suggest...
  • Memory’s frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter (More excuses for Blasey-Ford)

    09/22/2018 5:35:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Press
    She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it’s possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s — believe what they say. And which one of them believes his or her version more strongly is no tipoff to what really happened. “Confidence is not a good guide to whether or not someone is telling...
  • Kavanaugh accuser’s memory could be wrong

    09/17/2018 7:59:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | Andrea Peyser
    Researcher William Hirst, of the New School for Social Research, conducted a long-term study of the memories of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His finding: People’s remembrances of that dark day are not as reliable as one might believe. “Flashbulb memories’’ formed by upsetting events, he wrote, are often wrong. Hirst and his researchers followed more than 3,000 participants over a 10-year period. They found that, over time, many forgot key details of the attacks, while others had false memories involving events that did not happen. Yet most surveyed remained confident in the accuracy of their 9/11 memories,...
  • Kavanaugh’s accuser recovered her memory at the time Dems were panicked Romney would win

    09/17/2018 4:25:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/17/18 | Thomas Lifson
    Bookworm has noticed a very odd coincidence: after telling no one her story about the alleged incident for decades, she suddenly remembered and spoke about it in couples’ therapy in 2012, when leftists perceived the possibility that Mitt Romney, ahead in the polls, would win the presidency and appoint Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She writes: In 2012, Romney ran against Obama. Up until his 47% gaffe, Romney was doing well. He actually had a shot of winning. For the Democrats, as has been the case since Bork, having a Republican in the White House, especially with the ever-aging...
  • To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

    07/28/2018 6:54:03 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | https://www.quantamagazine.org/to-remember-the-brain-must-actively-forget-20180724/ | Toma Vagner
    Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain. “Without forgetting, we would have no memory at all,” The reason, he thinks, is that the brain doesn’t know straight away what is important and what isn’t, so it tries to remember as much as possible at first, but gradually forgets most things. “Forgetting serves as a filter,” Hardt said. “It filters out the stuff that the brain deems unimportant.”
  • UK preservation group aims to restore, revive Europe’s abandoned synagogues

    04/11/2018 5:45:21 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9 Feb 2018 | Stuart Winer
    A British organization has launched an ambitious project aimed at restoring old, abandoned synagogues across Europe and bringing them back to community life, and commemorating communities that were wiped out in the Holocaust. The Foundation of Jewish Heritage has identified 3,300 pre-Second World War buildings used for Jewish prayer, of which at least 19 could be brought back into use - out of an estimated total of 17,000 that were in use before the Second World War. The remaining buildings, of which just 718 are still being used as synagogues, have been carefully catalogued based on their artistic, urban, and...
  • Russia has yet to recover from the trauma of the Stalin era

    04/11/2018 4:35:27 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Mar 2018 | Sergey Parkhomenko
    Earlier this year the Russian ministry of culture banned the satirical film The Death of Stalin, because it contained “information whose dissemination is prohibited by law”. On Russian social media, the withdrawal of the film’s licence was met with widespread laughter and scorn: what sort of secrets could this movie possibly have disclosed? Could it be that Stalin is indeed dead? – so went the irony. Back in December, there had been an ominous precursor: Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB intelligence services, told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta that Stalin-era repressions had been justified. He mentioned the need to counter...
  • “Andy” McCabe’s Transparent Motive For a Lost Dossier Memory….

    12/21/2017 12:49:20 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 79 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12/20/17 | sundance
    In plain language the “Trump Project” was a joint 2016 FBI & DOJ counterintelligence operation to conduct wiretaps and surveillance upon the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Operatives within the FBI and DOJ who were politically aligned with the Hillary Clinton campaign, weaponized the DOJ and FBI to undermine her political opposition. Those who have been walking the deep weeds have a pretty strong understanding of Deputy FBI Director Andrew “Andy” McCabe’s risk profile and his role in the 2016 “Trump Project”. The Rosen report earlier today -based on investigators within the House Intelligence Committee- states McCabe has lost his...
  • The woman who can’t forget (Some people can remember every single event in their life)

    11/08/2017 7:44:55 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/08/2017 | Sarah Keating
    ---SNIP--- Considering most people’s earliest memories don’t start until around the age of four, it would be easy to assume that Sharrock’s description was a nostalgic daydream, rather than a real memory. But then again, the 27-year-old from Brisbane, Australia doesn’t have a memory like most people – she has been diagnosed with a rare syndrome called ‘Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory’, or HSAM, also known as hyperthymesia. This unique neurological condition means that Sharrock can recall every single thing she did on any given date.