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  1. Science Has Figured out Why You Don’t Have Total Recall and How Your Brain Deletes Information on Purpose

    So that means—wait, where was I going with this?

    We know a decent amount about how the brain works, but forgetting was a fittingly mysterious process until now. New research shows that forgetting isn't just something that happens accidentally and unfortunately and leaves you locked out of your apartment. No, it's something your brain does deliberately, because it's apparently a complete jerk.

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  2. DARPA And The Pentagon Are Working On Tiny Brain Robots To Help Soldiers With Memory Loss

    We look forward to the day when we all have tiny DARPA robots in our brain!

    Not content with only building gigantic horror-bots that will one day rule your city with a literal iron fist, DARPA has teamed up with the Pentagon to get a little smaller - implantable-brain-robot smaller. Hopefully, this new project will help treat memory loss in soldiers injured in combat (and not turn them into weird DARPA-slavebots).

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  3. Flatworms Can Retain Memories After Having Their Heads Cut Off

    Dear flatworms, Sorry We know this is a rough way to treat something, but it's nothing personal. Sincerely, Science

    Planarian flatworms are simple creatures, but they have some some amazing biological characteristics that have long fascinated scientists. A new study by researchers at Tufts University suggests shows that some flatworms can remember things -- like training that makes them less averse to light -- even after having their heads cut off and allowed to regrow. The new brain the worms develop when they regenerate, it seems, remains the same as the brain they had, down to recollections of the time before their head was rudely separated from their body.

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  4. From Bad to Worse: Herpes Virus Damages Memory, Cognition

    Today, a study in the journal Neurology brings the surprising news that having herpes could be even worse than you think it is. The chronic, cold sore-causing virus may also wreak havoc on the brain, with a recent study conducted by Columbia University and the University of Miami suggesting that people suffering from high levels of infection with herpes and other common viruses may be more likely to suffer cognitive decline as they age than their uninfected peers.

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  5. For the First Time, Creature Without Brain Demonstrates Memory

    The slime mold Physarum polycephalum is not traditionally regarded as exactly the brightest of life forms. Much of this perception has to do with the fact that a slime mold is a single-celled organism that has no brain or neural structure, which is really a pretty solid reason not to give a creature much credit in the intellect department. Despite this, though, slime mold has proven surprisingly capable of solving simple tests and mazes in lab settings. Now, researchers have even uncovered evidence that the mold doesn't need a brain to demonstrate that it uses memory as a problem solving tool, a feat you can check out in a video after the break.

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  6. You Remember That Wrong: Brain Distorts Memories Every Time It Recalls Them

    Got a treasured memory? It's okay to get a little sappy, we all do, whether it's that perfect night with a special someone or that dungeon crawl that finally went exactly according to plan. If you're remembering that thing right now, for the love of God, stop! It just won't be the same the next time you recall it. In research that should surprise no one, our brains are constantly betraying us, transforming our memories every time we think about them.

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  7. Scientists Input Total Recall-Like Short Term Memory In Mice

    Suddenly

    In the 1990 film Total Recall (and its 2012 reboot), the main character signs up for a procedure that will implant pleasant or thrilling memories in his brain. It's used as a type of vacation for the mind but now, scientists have discovered how to do almost that exact same thing in mice. What are the implications of this discovery for memory disorders? I think the more important question is, how did they know the mice remembered what they planted?

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  8. Test Tube Brain Can Hold Memory for Ten Seconds, Probably Just Remembers How to Be Terrified

    Today in "They can, but should they?" news, science has learned how to create memories in a piece of brain tissue isolated in a test tube, which sounds exactly like the plot of a science fiction nightmare because it totally is. Neuroscientists at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine isolated fragments of rodent brain tissue in vitro, and, by stimulating neural pathways in the tissue, were able to induce a variety of simple memories in it. Those memories were only persistent for 10 seconds or so, but to a living piece of brain in a jar, that 10 seconds probably felt like a billion lifetimes, so there's that.

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  9. Green Tea Chemical Helps Grow Brain Cells, Could Improve Brain Function

    Green tea is among the healthiest things you can drink -- certainly better for you than the dishwater coffee with cream and sugar we wake up to all too many mornings. It's jam-packed with anti-oxidants, can aid in weight loss, and even shows some promise in single-handedly lowering cholesterol levels. Now, a study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research suggests that a chemical in the popular drink could improve brain function by encouraging the growth of new brain cells, and may even be capable of improving some general functions of the brain.

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  10. This is a 5MB Hard Disk, the Best 1956 Has to Offer

    Just to remind you about how far we've come technologically, this is a 5 MB hard disc from 1956. It weighs over a ton. The hard disc was originally part of the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first commercial computer to feature a hard disc at all. Amazingly, it was not rendered obsolete until 1962 and stayed on the market until 1969. The cost of storing data on this monster was $3,200 per month, which is over $160,000 in today's dollars. Now, remember how you can get many times that storage space for free on DropBox.

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