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  1. AsapSCIENCE Takes on 7 Myths About the Brain

    Your brain probably believes some silly things about itself.

    AsapSCIENCE's latest YouTube video explains the truth behind seven common myths about our brains. Can you be "left-brained" or "right-brained"? What percentage of our brain do we really use? Does size matter? They've got the answers.

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  2. Men Who Watch a Buttload of Porn Could Be Shrinking Their Brains

    Or murdering kittens. You know, whichever scare tactic is popular this month.

    Apparently, self-love can really take it out of you, if by "it" you mean gray matter. A study published last week in JAMA Psychiatry shows a potential link between porn consumption and (brain) shrinkage, but the researchers say not to worry about deleting your browser history just yet.

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  3. Apps That “Train Your Brain” Work, but Only Make You Better at Playing Them

    Kind of like how Temple Run doesn't make you a better runner.

    Games like Nintendo's Big Brain Academy and apps like Lumosity promise to help you train your brain, but a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience says such brain training activities only work at improving your ability to do the activities themselves.

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  4. Can Your Brain Be Hacked? This AsapSCIENCE Has the Answer [Video]

    This video is better than Johnny Mnemonic

    As neuroscience gets more advanced it raises the question of whether or not our brains can be hacked. In some ways it already has, but not in the way you might be thinking. This AsapSCIENCE video lays out the scientific and ethical questions around brain hacking. So what do you think? Who wants to hack their brain?

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  5. Researchers Grow Tiny Human Brains In Lab

    "Guys, do you ever wonder if we're crossing lines into an ethical grey area where mankind was never meant to tread?" "Meh."

    Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have done the impossible -- or at least the creepy and ill-advised -- and grown tiny miniature models of the human brain in a lab from stem cells. Don't worry, though. They haven't been networked together into a terrifying living computer. Y'know, yet.

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  6. Scientist Connects His Brain to the Internet to Control Another Guy’s Finger

    No bid deal, just one guy controlling another guy's body over the Internet like it ain't no thing.

    If you've ever wanted to control someone's finger over the Internet you may soon get your chance. Researchers at the University of Washington used dark magic EEG helmets, magnets, and the Internet to take the impulse to move a finger from the brain of one person and put it into the brain of another. Science is crazy awesome.

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  7. Doctors Fined for Implanting Fecal Bacteria into Patients’ Brains

    This sounds like the worst episode of House ever.

    A hospital was fined after a pair of neurosurgeons implanted fecal bacteria into the brains of patients during operations without proper authorization. A few things jump out at us here. 1) They did WHAT!?! 2) There's proper authorization for putting poop in people's brains!?! 3) Ewwwwwww.

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  8. Scientists Make Electrical Activity In Fruit Flies’ Brain Cells Light Up

    Like a cartoon light bulb, but with more genetic engineering and neuroscience.

    We know that electricity drives neural impulses in the brain, forming complex networks of neurons, but it's still difficult to trace the electrical activity of the nervous system. Scientists at the Yale School of Medicine have developed a fluorescent protein that may provide a more effective way to map the electrical impulses in brain cells.

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  9. Want to Be Better at Math? A Jolt of Electricity to the Brain Might Do the Trick

    If you're not great at doing math in your head, you're in pretty good company around these parts. In general, too -- an estimated 20% of otherwise healthy adults regularly struggle to do basic arithmetic without showing their work. Don't give up hope, though! A new treatment being studied at Oxford University could make you better at doing math in your head for up to six months at a time -- and all you have to do is put on what looks like a steampunk gimp mask and let someone deliver electrical shocks to your brain!

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  10. Here’s Looking At You: Why We Like Art That Looks Back At Us

    The old idiom states that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Which D&D gamers know isn't true at all -- beholders are hardly beautiful, and will negate your magic with their central eye, then zap you with their eyestalk rays. A new study of art through the ages suggests that a more accurate adage might be "beauty is in eye contact with the beholder." Research shows that what we find beautiful -- or at least engaging -- are works of art that look back at us. Of course, we still wouldn't recommend staring for very long into the eyes of Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia.

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