The Teenage Brain

Parents have long been frustrated with their teenager’s “what was he thinking” moments.  Why do bright, thoughtful adolescents so often do things that are foolish and reckless?  We now know the reason:  their brains are not finished growing.  Specifically, the pleasure center is not completely hooked up to the judgement center.

The good news is that, contrary to what people used to believe, the teenage brain can change, which means that there really are “late bloomers.”

Neurologist Frances Jensen, with journalist Amy Ellis Nutt, as written a book on the subject The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.  Read from a review after the jump. [Read more...]

Nutrition with a grain of salt

Nutritionists have taken back their warnings against dietary cholesterol.  Now some are challenging the warnings against salt. [Read more...]

Watch people experiencing color for the first time

A company named EnChroma has developed glasses that allow color blind people to see colors.   The technology, developed by accident, is interesting in itself.  (See this and this for details.)  But what most struck me is the video showing people experiencing color for the first time in their lives.  See it after the jump. [Read more...]

Google is investing in letting us live for 500 years

Google is putting some of its gazillions of dollars into a venture capital fund.  Its goal is to fund research that will let us live for 500 years. [Read more...]

ISIS is selling its victims’ organs

One reason ISIS is killing so many people:  the terrorists are reportedly harvesting their victim’s organs and selling them on the black market. [Read more...]

You may now eat cholesterol-heavy foods

Have you been told to “watch your cholesterol,” so you’ve gone on a diet that cut out eggs, meats, and some of your favorite foods, making yourself miserable?  Well, it was all for NOTHING.

The official Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, recognizing that cholesterol comes from the liver and not the food we eat and that cholesterol in the blood isn’t the main factor in heart disease anyway, has decreed that people need not longer worry about cholesterol in their diets.  So go eat an egg. [Read more...]


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