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Pineal Gland: What Affects It and How to Activate and Stimulate It

The pineal gland, which is located at the centre of the brain, is responsible for the production of a serotonin derivative known as melatonin; a hormone that helps to regulate and keep a healthy circadian rhythm (which regulates your sleep patterns), but

Cognitive Enhancement Without Drugs

Everyone would like to increase their mental performance. A new study shows a simple way to boost cognitive performance markedly without resorting to cognitive enhancing or sweating over difficult mental exercises to strengthen your grey matter. Simply
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Martial arts offers brain-boosting benefits for all ages

We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy.However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through
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“Biohacking” — New Diet Based on Fasting and Hard Scientific Data

Based on more or less scientific foundations, the new died dubbed “Biohacking” claims you can change the way your body works through long periods of fasting. To put it simply, you should stop eating 36 hours a week and even fast for up to 3 consecutive days, four times a year.Intermittent fasting is supposed to result in weight loss, fight diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease, but mostly increase intellectual performance. According to neuroscientist Mark Mattson, during fasting
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The Herb of Remembrance, Rosemary Scent Boosts Memory, Say Scientists

Tales from England talk about putting rosemary into the pocket of an unfaithful lover so that they do not forget their vows, while Ophelia says the herb is ‘for remembrance’ in Hamlet by Shakespeare.Today, research finds that rosemary is indeed connected to better memory. A study of retired people showed that just sitting in a room diffused with rosemary scent improved memory test scores by 15%. Although it might not seem much, researchers at the University of Northumbria say it could make the
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What Happens When Tech Takes Control of Evolution?

Over the span of a few billion years, diversity of life has flourished on Earth through the process of natural selection. Then, not long ago (relatively), human intelligence evolved.For the first time one species, Homo sapiens, could consciously control its destiny on this planet. Humans have been shaping ourselves, the environment and other species for thousands of years. Soon, we’ll be able to fully control our own biology too, transcending our natural limitations. According to roboticist
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3 Hobbies that Can Improve your Work Performance

You probably think that doing Cross Fit or playing the guitar can never be useful if you want to start coding, develop apps or pursue any other career related to technology. You might even think that such activities will only waste your time and slow you down on the way to achieving your goal. Surprisingly, taking up a hobby that is unrelated to your job makes you much more productive. According to a research done by San Francisco State University, a person with a hobby is 30% more productive
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Why Our Brains Respond Differently to Classical Music

Chinese researchers report even a few moments of opera produce a thoughtful, empathetic response.“Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven argued,” is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” The assertion seems reasonable enough if you consider his late string quartets, but it’s absurd if your reference point is the collected works of Justin Bieber. So — at risk of sounding elitist — are artistic and popular music fundamentally different? New research from China suggests they are, at least in
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YouTube's Crackdown On Nootropics Channels

YouTube deleted at least three nootropics channels over past days, leaving members of the community confused and worried that a bigger crackdown is forthcoming. Steve Cronin was a typical nootropics YouTuber. He experimented on himself using numerous substances, many of which can be bought without a prescription in Whole Foods or GNC. Nootropics normally refer to a vast selection of substances such as prescription medications such as Ritalin and over-the-counter nutritional supplements such
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Humanity MKII: Why The Future of Humanity will be as Purposeless as the Past

The next great stage of our evolution has begun. But what will our successes look like – and will they be that different to us?“In the 21st century,” Yuval Noah Harari writes, “the next big project of humankind will be to acquire for us the divine powers of creation and destruction, and upgrade Homo sapiens into Homo deus.” According to the bestselling Israeli historian, humankind will turn itself into God by using three new types of engineering. Bio-engineers will “take the old sapiens body
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The Science Behind Healing With Sound

In the realm of healing techniques, sound work inhabits a curious space. It has been used for thousands of years—think of overtone chanting from Central Asia, for example—yet, it’s also on the frontiers of modern neuroscience.Joshua Leeds, the author of The Power of Sound and an expert in the field of psychoacoustics, the study of the effects of sound on the human nervous system, explains how sound works.Different brain-wave patterns affect emotions.You’re practicing going into a brain-wave
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