News Mash: Cats boost your ‘creativity’…Just ask Koko!

One of the best side-benefits of having a cat…


They boost your creativity:

[via Brainpickings] How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity ~by Maria Popova

History is laced with cat-loving creators, from Hemingway’s profound affection for his felines to Edison’s pre-YouTube boxing cats to the traditions of Indian folk art. But hardly anyone has made a greater case for the cat as a creative stimulant and a mystical muse of writing than Muriel Spark in this wonderful passage from A Far Cry from Kensington (public library):

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.

…[Read More]


The greatest case for this, oddly enough?

The gorilla, Koko:

[via NaturalNews] Gorilla destroys property, blames the cat. Are all primates liars? ~by Mike Bundrant

NaturalNews) Koko the Gorilla, celebrated for her 1000-word sign language vocabulary, is known for her affinity toward cats. After she learned how to communicate with her caretakers at the Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, she asked for a kitten to have as a pet.

Like most people, Koko has good behaviors and bad behaviors. Like most people, she takes credit for the good behaviors and blames the bad ones on someone else.

The cat came in handy on one particularly destructive day. When no one was around, Koko managed to rip a sink out of the wall in her habitat. When the humans returned, they asked Koko who ripped out the sink.

Koko signed, “The cat did it.”

The framed cat was not available for comment, but we assume he was shocked at this betrayal.

…[Read More]

Cause apparently her kitten boosted her creativity to the point?

She was able to make it her fall guy.

Nice going there, Koko.

oh what [Source]

News Mash: Infographics Reveals Who You Want to Date, Kissing Them Tells You If You’re Right!

When it come to dating sites…

Who are the ‘most popular’ singles out there, people want to date?

The answer may surprise you:

[via The Blaze]Are You a Desirable Single? Infographics Claim to Reveal Exactly Who Men & Women Want to Date ~Oliver Darcy

A study conducted by an online dating site — released earlier this month — appears to reveal who the “most desirable singles of 2014″ are.

Researchers at PlentyOfFish say they processed messaging data from more than 81,000 user profiles and 1.8 million messages from the 25 to 35 age group to “discover the leading indicators that will determine which singles are more likely to receive a message.”

“Women are no longer interested in the bad boy who doesn’t want to settle down, and men are increasingly seeking out educated women who are financially independent,” a blog post announcing the research said. “But to a large degree, male and female attractions still follow traditional gender roles; Women still place high importance on a man’s income and men still give precedence to a woman’s age and body size.”

[Click HERE To See the Study’s Results!!!]

the perfect man:

Study Reveals Exactly Who Men & Women Really Want to Date

…[Read More]

But regarding the actual dating of people in…


What is the best, sure-fire way to find you the perfect match, despite who your brain (above) tells you, is your perfect mate?

Science says, the best way is in the kissing:

[via DailyMail]Science of the snog: What’s the quickest, way to find the right partner? Kiss as many people as possible!

Forget poring over internet profiles and microscopic examination of online photos of potential partners.

A quicker, more efficient way to find the perfect mate is to simply go on loads of dates – and snog as many as possible.

‘Philematology’ is the science of kissing – and it’s full of clues to help us find the right person for us.

We think of kissing as an expression of love or lust, but research at Oxford University found one big reason that we kiss our partners is that, biologically, we need to size up our future mates.

A kiss transmits tastes, smells, sounds and touch signals that all affect how you both perceive each other afterward – and whether you want a repeat performance.

Women tend to be attracted to male partners with a different immune system than their own and subconsciously detect this via smell during a smooch.

If the DNA mix isn’t right, your neurons start sending loud ‘Back away! Person reversing!’ signals.

You might not know why you’ve suddenly gone off the person you’ve been lusting after for months but most of us obey what nature’s trying to tell us.

…[Read More]



Gonna have to go with Science on this one.

kiss me [Source]

It’s gotta be a better way to find true love…

Than a stupid infographic, right?


News Mash: Music tastes evolves over the years, but ‘Rickrolling’? Never fades!

THIS (below)…

Is a wonderful chart, which reflects the evolution, the rise and fall?

Of popular music tastes, preferences and inclinations…

Over the years!

[via io9]Google Charts the History of Modern Music ~by Robert T. Gonzalez

Google recently began tracking its user’s music uploads. What’s it doing with that data? A number of things, to be sure, and here’s one we like very much: Google Research has created a rich, multilayered, interactive chart of musical evolution by visualizing which albums from eras-gone-by remain in our music libraries today.

Google’s visualization (dubbed, simply, “Music Timeline”) is by no means a perfect historical account, but it does give us a pretty clear idea “which music has stood the test of time, and how genres and artists have risen and fallen in popularity.” The most impressive thing (and the funnest to play around with) is the chart’s granularity. Hovering your cursor over a genre pulls up a grid of album art from artists in that category of music, complete with lines that connect the artist to their position (and, in many instances, positions) along the timeline. Click on any genre and the visualization morphs fluidly into a depiction of that genre’s constituent sub-genres.

Google Charts the History of Modern Music

Dig deeper by mousing over a sub-genre. This time, the grid of associated album covers has shrunk. Click a sub-genre and the visualization zooms in further, deconstructing your selection into a chart of specific artists. Mouse over an artist for their discography, complete with a few paragraphs about their body of work. If you want, you can explore an album in greater detail; otherwise, you can lather, rinse and repeat with a new album, artist, sub-genre or genre. The whole experience is very clean, straightforward, and fun. The data is dense but navigable. That it’s all laid out on a timeline spanning from 1950 onward makes for some fascinating armchair analysis. Some starting tips from Google Research:

The overall shape of each major genre shows when it hit the scene and when it retreated — for example, R&B has a long history of resurgences, but Electronica is a strictly recent phenomenon. Delve into changes in the vocabulary used to name artists and their work — funk may be over as a genre, but as a band or album name it seems to be timeless. Or search for a particular artist to see the trajectory of their career — contrast U2’s long-running reinvention and re-emergence from the ’80s up to today, versus a one hit wonder like Los del Río’s 1995 Macarena.

…[Read More]

But one bit of music?

Which never falls, flounders or falters…

(i.e. never gonna give it up)

No matter your natural inclination or preferences?

Rickrolling, baby!

[via TheBlaze]LOOK: Hilarious Secret Message Hidden in High School Student’s Physics Essay ~

A high school student managed to “rickroll” his physics teacher, cleverly inserting the lyrics of Rick Astley’s ’80s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” and lining the words up perfectly.

Even more impressive, the essay on scientist Niels Bohr actually makes perfect sense. It’s hard enough to write a physics essay, but we don’t even want to think about how much time it took student Sairam Gudiseva to “rickroll” his teacher.

Hopefully he got an A for creativity.


…[Read More]


Now, not only is it music that unites us all?


It helps explains physics.




OK, cool.

News Mash: A drug erases traumatic memories? This Pennsylvania couple could use a dose!

Have any life-altering drama-trauma you would like to forget?

Lucky for you…

Science might have the very drug?

Just for you:

[via counselheal]Drug erases traumatic memories… ~by Cheri Cheng

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition often caused by a traumatic experience that involves Brainsymptoms such as severe anxiety. One of the most common treatment options for PTSD is psychotherapy, which reenacts the traumatic experience for the patient in a safe and controlled environment. Now, according to a new study, researchers identified a drug that has the potential to improve the treatment of PTSD.

For this study, neuroscientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) examined the effects of a type of drug called an HDAC2 inhibitor. This type of drug can make the brain more malleable. The researchers found that when rats were given the HDAC2 inhibitor, the rats’ traumatic memories could be removed. The researchers believe that if this drug were to be given to patients who did not respond well to psychotherapy, the effects of therapy would ideally be improved.

…[Read More]

It treats those suffering from PTSD you say?

Come on, Science…

Why limit yourself?

There is a whole new target group that needs to be considered:

People looking to sell their home!


It is far more fitting, than one might initially consider at the onset:

[via Cleveland.CBSLocal]Pennsylvania Couple Advertises House As ‘Slightly Haunted’slightly haunted

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

So when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month, they advertised it as “slightly haunted.”

Then things got REALLY weird.

There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

It’s enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home’s spooky charms:

“Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though,” says the listing on Zillow’s real-estate site. It goes on to describe 3:13 a.m. screams and “the occasional ghastly visage” in the bathroom mirror.

The listing attracted local and national media attention. Now the Leesons just need an actual buyer for the four-bedroom home, on the market for $144,000.

“I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor,” says Greg Leeson, a 35-year-old who works in information technology, but “I don’t think it has helped with marketing. We’re not really getting very many interested buyers. We’re getting a lot of nonsense people.”

Spring should bring more traffic. But if it doesn’t sell, Leeson said they might consider renting it out — by the night — to folks looking for spooky thrills.

…[Read More]


Told ya so.


And you doubted me.

*shakes head sadly*

How silly are you?!

News Mash: What’s been spotted on the surface of the moon and Mars?

What wedge-shaped…

And has a bunch of weird, dot-like lights on its edges?

Oh, nothing to be concerned with…

It’s just a mysterious object spotted on the moon!


And yes, I said…


[via DailyMail]What is this mystery object spotted on Google Moon? Bizarre wedge-shaped ‘craft’ appears on the lunar surface

  • The triangular anomaly has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge
  • UFO websites have likened it to an alien lunar base or spaceship
  • It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E
  • Finder claims to have spotted similar mystery structure in Antarctica

By Daily Mail Reporter

Is it part of an alien spaceship nestled under the dust of the moon, or a secret moonbase occupied by humans?

Speculation has exploded over these controversial images which appear to show something unexplained on the surface of the moon.

This triangular anomaly with rows of seven light-like dots along its edge has been tracked down on the Google Moon viewer

The triangular anomaly, spotted on Google’s map of the moon, has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge that have been likened to an alien base or spaceship.

It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E.

‘Is is just a weird looking crater? or is it something else?,’ he asks.

‘It is really there, not faked and I have no clue what it is. I found nothing else like it in any of the other craters.’

According to website Tech and Gadget News: ‘The gigantic shape actually looks like the leading edge of an immense, triangular space ship, similar to, so far, super secret stealth aircraft technology, but is much larger than any airplane ever built on Earth.

…[Read More]

As if they wasn’t freaky enough?

And believe you/me, that’s pretty freaky…

It can’t beat the jelly donut -like object that “appeared” out of nowhere, on the surface of Mars:

[via TheBlaze]Scientists Stunned Over Latest Mars Mystery: ‘We Were Absolutely Startled’ ~

Though the couple billion-dollar Curiosity rover seems to get all the attention on the red planet these days, it’s one of the veteran rovers on Mars that captured an event that is stunning scientists and space fans alike.

sol3528 and sol3540

The crux of the issue surrounds these photos snapped by the rover Opportunity on two different missions.

The rock perched on the ground in the right photo in the side-by-side comparison was not there before.

“It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled,” Steve Squyres with Cornell University and working out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said, according to Discovery News, comparing the rock to the size of a jelly doughnut.

The news came at CalTech where scientists met this week for “10 years of roving Mars,” an event honoring the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, which is now defunct.

…[Read More]

Weird, huh?

Me thinks someone out there is fooling with us.

And, yeah…

One good guess, on who it might be.

marvin the martian [Source]

News Mash: Dogs can teach you the meaning/message of life!

Is it really possible…

For a dog, of all things?

To teach someone the meaning of life:

[via DailyMail] The mutt who taught me the meaning of life: Burnt-out? Life lost its purpose? Lorraine felt the same He's not perfect: Red peed on the Christmas tree on his first night in Englandway – until she met a dog desperate for love. Their story will enchant you ~By Lorraine Fisher

…my life has been changed beyond recognition, too. I never thought I could be as happy as I am now, yomping through mud for hours every day and cuddling up to a furry friend on the sofa at night.

I’m enjoying writing from home, and if I get bored or stressed, I play with Red. Yes, I’ve had to come home early from Christmas parties, and for the first time, I didn’t go out on New Year’s Eve because Red is scared of fireworks. But that is a small price to pay for the joy he gives me.

And best of all, I can honestly say I haven’t felt lonely for a single minute since he arrived.

I’ve turned my life on its head so I can give Red the home, love and life he deserves – and in return he gives me unconditional devotion and makes me smile countless times a day. Opening my life to him was the best decision I’ve ever made.

[Read More – Read The WHOLE, Wonderful Story HERE!]

Still in doubt?


Watch THIS (below) sharp dressed little guy (named Mosley) and tell me you still have questions:

The snow…

This present horrible polar vortex we are under?

Totally sucks.

But can you do anything  to CHANGE it?


*see batdog, Mosley, above*

So you might as well enjoy it.

See there…

Message received.

thank you dogs everywhere [Source]

News Mash: The crazy, bandwagon of UFO believers? Getting awfully full!

For all of you out there…

Who think tinfoil hats are OUT of fashion?


How silly are YOU, huh?

[via TheWeek.Co.UK]UFO spotted in Berkshire skies leaves investigators baffled

AVIATION authorities have been left baffled after a UFO in the shape of a rugby ball reportedly passed within a few feet of a passenger jet near Heathrow Airport.

A pilot on the A320 Airbus reported the near miss to air traffic controllers, prompting an investigation. However, no one has been able to identify the object.

The aircraft was cruising at 34,000ft, around 20 miles west of Heathrow Airport, over the Berkshire countryside, when the captain spotted the object out of a left-hand side cockpit window.

It was said to be “cigar/rugby ball like” in shape, bright silver and “metallic” and travelling towards the jet. The pilot said he felt certain it was going to crash into his aircraft and ducked as it headed towards him, but it did not appear to make impact. He told investigators he believed the object passed “within a few feet” above the jet.

The sighting occurred in daylight, at around 6.35pm on 13 July last year”. It has only emerged now, following publication of the report, which concluded it was “not possible to trace the object or determine the likely cause of the sighting”. The incident was investigated by the UK Airprox Board, which studies “near misses” involving aircraft in British airspace. It ruled out other aircraft, meteorological balloons, toy balloons and military objects.

…[Read More]

Conspiracy theories.

It’s gonna be the new “IN” thing this year…

Just watch.

And apparently…

Even high-ranking officials are jumping on the bandwagon.

[via]’Aliens Exist’ Says Canada’s Former Defense Minister ~by Fidel Martinez

There’s nothing quite like a former high-ranking official giving credence to conspiracy theories to kick off a work week.

Over the weekend, Paul Hellyer, former Canadian defense minister, went on television and declared that not only do aliens exist but that they walk amongst us and are responsible for some of our modern technology. Among these tech gifts are the microchip, LED light and Kevlar vest.

Hellyer, who served as Canada’s Minister of National Defence in the 1960s, went on Russia Today’s program SophieCo to speak more about extraterrestrials. The interview, seen below, is a little on the long side but it’s totally worth it, particularly because he’s the first high ranking politician to publicly state that aliens are real.

…[Read More]

And by “bandwagon”…

Yeah, I mean CRAZY wagon.

Cause, you know…

It’s not like the crazy wagon?

Isn’t full enough as it is.

crazy yellow wagon [Source]


News Mash: The (sometimes) Genius of Dogs!


They are MUCH smarter?

They we actually think.

[via Brainpickings]The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence ~by

“Genius means that someone can be gifted with one type of cognition while being average or below average in another.”

For much of modern history, dogs have inspired a wealth of art and literature, profound philosophical meditations, scientific curiosity, deeply personal letters, photographic admiration, and even some cutting-edge data visualization. But what is it that makes dogs so special in and of themselves, and so dear to us?

Despite the mind-numbing title, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think (public library; UK) by Brian Hare, evolutionary anthropologist and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offers a fascinating tour of radical research on canine cognition, from how the self-domestication of dogs gave them a new kind of social intelligence to what the minds of dogs reveal about our own.

…[Read More]


Maybe that should be amended.

SOME dogs are actually much smarter…

Than we actually think:

Either way…

When it comes to their intelligence, or the decided lack thereof?

i've made a huge mistake. . [Source]

What’s not to love?

News Mash: Science is sometimes just chock-full of ‘duh’ findings! Here are a few…

Despite the fact that in most instances…

The obvious, common sense-like conclusions to most questions are NOT wrong?

Science will have you know that what you believe, KNOW, is NOT the truth…

Until they freakin’ say it is:

[via LiveScience]Duh! The 13 Most Obvious Findings of 2013 ~By Stephanie Pappas

Common sense is no replacement for science; plenty of “everyone knows” knowledge has had its legs cut out from under it by a well-designed study. Nevertheless, some research turns up results that don’t exactly shock and awe.

Such no-duh research usually has a serious underlying purpose, from the study of why people cheat to the roots of racism. Researchers have to understand the basics of everyday phenomena in order to understand them, after all.

Here’s a sampling of the unsurprising research of 2013 — with a few notes on why scientists bothered.

1. The Western diet is bad for you

Wait … fried Snickers bars and hot dogs aren’t the foundations of a well-balanced diet? The “Western diet” of processed and fried foods with a side of sweets and red meat increases the likelihood of premature death, researchers reported in April in The American Journal of Medicine, to the surprise of no one.

The study was slightly different than other research into how Twinkies can kill, in that it assessed overall health in old age rather that the effect of diet on specific diseases. [7 Foods You Can Overdose On]

2. Sleeping beauty is no myth

News bulletin: Baggy eyes, puffy skin and a bleary expression do not make for a hot look. Research published in September in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reveals the better you sleep, the better you look.

Obvious on a day-to-day basis, no doubt — and the reason make-up was invented. But this study went beyond the morning after to find that several months of good sleep make a difference in a person’s appearance. The participants were patients being treated for sleep apnea and heavy snoring, breathing problems that can disrupt sleep without a person knowing it. After treatment, independent raters judged the participants as younger and more attractive compared with photos taken before treatment.

3. Racists are close-minded

Few would associate racism with open-mindedness. A study published in January in the journal Psychological Science reveals that, sure enough, racism produces a closed mind.

People prompted to believe racial stereotypes by reading a false scientific study became less open-minded. Interestingly, this close-mindedness led to less creativity overall, even in activities having nothing to do with race. Rigid, categorical thinking underlies both racist beliefs and a lack of creativity, the researchers said.

…[Read More – See All 13 HERE!]

Because while driving…

Taking your focus AWAY from driving, and slapping it firmly on something else?

Always seems like a reasonable, safe thing to do.

I cannot tell you how surprised I am to hear that *gasp*

Science has discovered that is actually not the case: (/sarc off)

[via YahooNews]Distracted driving bigger problem for novice drivers ~By Gene Emeryschocking science claim

Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into an accident while manipulating a cell phone.

Those are some of the findings from a newly-released study that monitored 151 licensed U.S. drivers – 42 novices and 109 experienced drivers – to log what they were doing just before an accident or a near-miss.

The most controversial element of the study is expected to be another finding: The act of just talking on a cell phone didn’t increase the risk of a crash, regardless of a driver’s experience.

Instead, it turns out the things that allow a driver to talk – such as dialing or reaching to get to a ringing phone – posed the real danger.

…[Read More]


*looks around*

Really, science?

Can’t you focus your reasearch, oh I don’t know, on studies a TAD more productive?

How Long Can A Shrimp Run On A Treadmill?

Noteworthy find from the study: “NSF spokeswoman Maria Zacharias said the shrimp study tested the effects of bacteria on mobility and that shrimps were a good way of figuring that out. “It’s not as if the study was done as entertainment to see shrimps running around on a treadmill,” she said.” Suuure. Right.

[Read More – See All ‘9 Most Useless Research Studies’ HERE!]



Alrighty, then…

Guess that answer is a big, fat…


News Mash: Of Math & Love!

When it comes to love…

There is more to it than you ladies realize.



[via BrainPickings] The Math of Love: Calculating the Odds of Finding Your Soulmate ~by Maria Popova

The science of why there are roughly 871 special someones for you out there.

Since the dawn of recorded history, poets and philosophers have pondered the nature of love and, in recent times, so have scientists. But can the concrete lens of science really be applied to something as seemingly abstract and amorphous as amore? Joe Hanson, mastermind of the wonderful science-plus compendium It’s Okay To Be Smart, has a new online show in partnership with PBS and the latest episode explores what the search for extraterrestrial life can teach us about our odds of finding that much-romanticized human soulmate, using the Fermi paradox, the Drake equation, and a lesson in love from Carl Sagan — who, with his timelessly magnificent Golden Record love story, should know a thing or two about the wisdom of the heart.

…[Read More]

Not a fan of math?

That’s OK…

Don’t let that fact intimidate you too much.

Cause the math?

Fairly easy to understand:

[via DailyMail]No one said finding The One would be easy: The average women will kiss FIFTEEN men, enjoy TWO long-term relationships and have her heart broken TWICE

  • Research also shows women have four one-night stands, and men six
  • Six out of ten Brits said they despaired of ever finding ‘The One’
  • A quarter said their partner is not who they imagined it would be

By Daily Mail Reporter

It will be of little comfort to the woman who has just had her heart broken for the second time.

But the next man she falls for could well  be ‘the one’.

The average woman will suffer heartbreak twice before she meets the man of her dreams, according to a study.

love math
The research suggests that before settling down, a woman will go on four disastrous dates and be stood up once. But she will also have fallen in love twice, lived with one partner and had four one-night stands.

Men, on the other hand, face being stood up twice and will have six one-night stands before they meet their ideal partner. This figure could be coming down, though, because a separate study suggests that men are becoming less afraid of commitment.

They also want to settle down at a younger age than a decade ago, a survey of 2,000 adults by dating site eHarmony found.

The average young man is ready for a committed relationship from the age of 22, two years younger than ten years ago.

…[Read More]

Especially given the fact?

Oh, yes…

It eventually works in your favor.


Oh, wait–Wha?!

What’d I just say?

News Mash: Reading is good for your brain? Yes. Hollywood movies? Not so much!

You have a choice, quick: Watch a movie, or read a book?

What’s it gonna be?

Just be advised, however…

Your critical faculties are under attack!

And, thanks to stupid Hollywood…

When you least expect it.

Insidious bast**ds!

[via HotAir]Study: Sentimental films make you more liberal 

Todd Adkins, of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, said audiences seemed to turn off their critical faculties when they reach the cinema.

‘Viewers come expecting to be entertained and are not prepared to encounter and evaluate political messages as they would during campaign advertisements or network news,’ he said.

Dr Adkins’ research, published in the journal Social Science Quarterly, was based on a study of 268 students who were asked about their political views, shown a film and then questioned again.

Half identified themselves as politically conservative.

…[Read More]


Simply this…

Read. A. Book.

Really, it’s not that hard.

Not only that?

But your brain’s critical faculties will thank you for days

By way of “boosted” functioning abilities:

[via Independent]Brain function ‘boosted for days after reading a novel’ ~Tomas Jivanda

Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said.

The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.

The changes were registered in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with receptivity for language, as well as the the primary sensory motor region of the brain.

Neurons of this region have been associated with tricking the mind into thinking it is doing something it is not, a phenomenon known as grounded cognition – for example, just thinking about running, can activate the neurons associated with the physical act of running.

“The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” said neuroscientist Professor Gregory Berns, lead author of the study.

“We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically.”

…[Read More]

Knowing this…

Is there really a choice?

Hollywood movies UNDERMINE your brains natural reasoning abilities…

Whereas books?

Reinforce your brain as the powerhouse it naturally wants to BE.


Read a book.

Try it…

Just ONE.

You will be better for it and…

You just might actually enjoy yourself.

no matter who you are [Source]

News Mash: Light reflects on us, and in us, in amazingly different ways!

We glow light from within…

In different ways and varying degrees?

When it comes to the emotions we feel.

Science has discovered that our bodies decidedly display this very telling ‘light’:

[via DailyMail]Love DOES make us warm inside while disgust turns our stomach: Graphic reveals how emotions cause real physical symptoms

  • A study found that different emotions affect the body in different ways yet these effects are the same across cultures
  • Love is felt right down to the toes and happiness suffuses the whole body
  • Angry people are more aware of their head and arms – this could be because they are subconsciously preparing for a fight
  • Sadness leaves the limbs feeling weak and disgust is primarily felt in the throat and digestive system

By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent

If you’ve ever felt a warm glow inside when in love or hot headed with anger, there may have been more to it than you thought.

Scientists have suspected for a long time that emotions are connected to a range of physiological change and now a study has shown that emotional states are associated with specific sensations regardless of a person’s culture.

each of us

The research visually shows that heartbroken people really do feel an ache in their chest, weak with sadness or feel happiness spreading over their entire body.

Yellow shows the regions of increased sensation while blue areas represent decreased feelings. People feel happy from head to toe, anger can literally make someone feel hot-headed and depression leaves people feeling numb

Being in love makes a person feel a warm glow everywhere apart from their knees, perhaps hinting that there may be something in the popular saying that the object of a person’s affection makes them ‘weak at the knees’.

Sadness leaves our limbs feeling weak and we are extra-aware of activity in our chest – and heart.

Depression also leaves us feeling weak, while disgust is felt in the throat and digestive system.

Basic emotions including anger and fear cause an increase in sensation in the upper chest area, which could be because we are subconsciously preparing for a fight.

…[Read More]

But did you know?

Our face reflects IN light…

In different ways and varying degrees.

An utter metamorphosis of being:

[via The Blaze]Watch How Her Face Dramatically Changes in Different Light Settings ~

An online video purports to reveal how the looks of an individual’s face can change in different light settings.

The video, originally uploaded in April, started again circulating on the Internet Tuesday after website The Daily Dot offered a story on it.

Individuals commenting on YouTube enchanted by the lighting’s effect.

“Creepy,” wrote one person.

…[Read More]

Light  makes us who and what we are.

Whether it is cast upon us…

Or glowing from within.

News Mash: Get ready for New Years Eve…Eat your mashed potatoes!

With New Years right around the corner…

THIS (below) is a report many of you will be grateful for.

Because alcohol, you see?

CAN be beneficial.

And to the point?

It actually BOOSTS your immune system:

[via Medical News Today]Moderate alcohol consumption ‘boosts immune system’

Many of us enjoy a drink or two to celebrate the festive season. And now, researchers say the odd glass of wine with dinner may actually benefit our health – as new research suggests it can boost the immune system and improve its response to vaccination.

This is according to findings published in the journal Vaccine.

The study researchers, led by Ilhem Messaoudi of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, say their research may help lead to a better understanding of how the immune system works, and how to improve its ability to respond to vaccines and infections.

To reach their findings, the researchers trained 12 monkeys (rhesus macaques) to consume alcohol freely.

Prior to this, the monkeys were vaccinated against smallpox. One group of the monkeys was then allowed access to either 4% alcohol, while the other group had access to sugar water. All monkeys also had access to normal water and food.

The monkeys were then monitored for a 14-month period and were vaccinated again 7 months into the experiment.

During this time, the investigators found that the monkeys’ voluntary alcohol intake varied, just as it does in humans. This led the investigators to divide them into two groups.

The first group consisted of monkeys that were “heavy drinkers” – defined as having a blood ethanol concentration (BEC) more than 0.08%. The second group was deemed “moderate drinkers,” with a BEC of between 0.02-0.04%.

Moderate alcohol consumption ‘enhanced vaccine response’

The researchers found that before the monkeys had free access to alcohol, they all demonstrated comparable responses to the vaccinations. But after alcohol consumption, they all showed different vaccine responses.

…[Read More]


The key word in the above report is “moderation”.

A word that often has little to do with alcohol consumption over the New Years holiday.

In that case?

THIS (below) report just come in handy:

[via DailyMail] Don’t want a hangover? Eat mashed potato before that first drink ~By Diana Pilkington

Waking up with a pounding head, a delicate stomach and mouth as dry as a desert is an all-too-familiar scenario for many over the festive season.

It’s not just the pain you have to worry about.

Having a hangover could also make you a danger behind the wheel, suggests a recent study from the University of the West of England, which found that hungover drivers made significantly more mistakes even once the alcohol had cleared their system.

Hangovers occur for several reasons.

As alcohol is a diuretic (triggering the production of urine), it causes dehydration, which in turn leads to symptoms such as headache, dry mouth, reduced concentration and irritability.

Meanwhile, blood-sugar levels drop because the body produces too much insulin in response to the high sugar content of alcohol.

This contributes to a throbbing head, as well as driving the rampant hunger that many drinkers experience.

Alcohol also irritates the stomach and disrupts sleep, causing nausea and exhaustion the next day.

Many people have their theories about what causes hangovers, how to avoid them and how best to treat them. We talked to the experts to find out the truth behind the popular theories …

It’s sensible to avoid drinking on an empty stomach, as food slows down the speed at which alcohol gets into the system.

Dr Nick Read, a gastroenterologist and medical adviser to the IBS Network, says: ‘It’s not about lining your stomach as such — but if you put fat in your stomach before a drink, once it gets into the duodenum [the first part of the small intestine] it will slow down gastric emptying, so that drink will not be emptied so quickly from the stomach.

just what the doctor ordered

‘This means you’ll get drunk less quickly, which could mean a milder hangover.

‘In some cultures, they drink olive oil before alcohol for this reason.

‘The same applies to mashed potatoes: some people say you should have two spoonfuls with plenty of butter before a drink.

‘It’s the fat in the butter that’s important.’

…[Read More]

Mashed potatoes.

Hangover cure?

Sure, OK…

Pass it this way!


New Years Eve, I am READY for you!

News Mash: Your dog stares at you…But will he stare at a picture of you?

If you are a dog owner…

You are well aware of the creepy habit your four-legged friend has.

The staring!

But WHY do they do that?

[via VetStreet] Why Does My Dog… Stare at Me? ~By Dr. Patty Khuly

It’s not hard to imagine why a loyal dog might stare devotedly at his master. It’s the stuff of Old Yeller, White Fang and Lassie –– starers, all. But some dogs take staring to extremes, following their owners around with baleful eyes as if expecting links of sausage to fly from their human’s fingertips.

Let’s face it: Dogs love their owners, but when they stare expectantly, it’s not usually because they’re trapped in a reverie of devotion. Rather, it’s because they’re thinking they might get something. And usually, that “something” involves a tasty snack.

But dogs can—and do—stare at their owners for plenty of non-food issues, too. Indeed, anything a dog might want that a human can provide could be the source of the staring behavior, from a fun game of fetch to a ride in the car or a long run.

Then there’s the possibility that a dog is simply seeking attention in any form, or perhaps she’s merely waiting for praise or direction. Some dogs may just be trying to read an emotion in our human facial expressions.

In any case, staring is typically considered to be a good thing. In fact, most trainers encourage dogs to stare at their owners while awaiting their cues. And if you’ve never done it, gazing deeply into a dog’s eyes can be a highly rewarding pastime.

…[Read More]

Make me wonder…

If I can just take a picture of me, hang it up?

And let them stare at THAT.

Cause YES, your dog probably does recognize your photo:

[via Philadelphia.CBSLocal]Study: Your Dog Probably Recognizes Your Face — Even In Photos

HELSINKI, FINLAND (CBS) – Your dog may be able to recognize your face in a photo.

That’s the latest from the University of Helsinki, which published the results of its study in the journal Animal Cognition this December.

According to Science News Daily, the researchers had dogs look at facial images of familiar humans (such as their owner) and other dogs in the family, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs they’d never encountered. Then the researchers measured the dogs’ eye movements as they viewed the photos.

the abominable staring

Scientists say that while the dogs viewed the faces of other dogs for longer than the human faces (backing up findings from previous studies), the canines studied also studied the faces of familiar humans for longer than unfamiliar ones.

Additionally, when the dogs were given upside-down photos of faces to view, they viewed those in much the same way that humans do. While the pups stared at the inverted pictures for just as long, they tended to focus more on the eye area of the upright photos.

“Familiar faces and eyes attracted more fixations than the strange ones, suggesting that dogs are likely to recognize conspecific [relating to the same species] and human faces in photographs,” the study’s authors conclude.

It’s just more proof that “dogs are people, too.”

…[Read More]

Not sure, though…

If this trick would work for long.

Because after a heavy bought of THIS:


With no treats forthcoming?

Not sure the pic trick would last for long.

Dang & Blast!!!!

News Mash: The future of ‘healthy’ meals? Not lovin’ it!

McDonald’s food?

Is NOT good for you.


Even McDonald’s knows this:

[via]McDonald’s employee website warns workers away from its fast food ~By Deborah Kotz

In a strange bit of hypocrisy, McDonald’s internal employee website advises workers not to eat a fast-food cheeseburger and fries—pointing out that a subway sandwich is a healthier choice when eating out. The content was provided by a third-party vendor, according to CNBC which first reported on the site.

The McResource Line site—which can be accessed by the public after registering online—appears to steer McDonald’s employees away from eating where they work, though it doesn’t name the actual establishment.

“In general, avoiding items that are deep fried are your best bet,” the site advises on a page devoted to fast food tips. “Healthier choices include sandwiches that can be loaded with vegetables. Limit the extras such as cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise. Eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and vegetables to help maintain your best health.”

…[Read More]

Ironically enough?

What will be the ‘good for you’ food of the future?

Looks, and sounds…

A whole lot LESS appetizing:

[via DailyMail]Insect burgers, diabetes-treating lettuce and reinforced bread: How the burger of the future could be a HEALTH food

  • Purple tomatoes with anti-inflammatory properties have been developed, says Dr Emma Davies, writing in the magazine Science Uncovered
  • They can slow the development of some cancerous tumours
  • There is now lettuce that boosts the body’s production of insulin
  • Insects, which are very nutritious, are increasingly popular in restaurants

By Dr Emma Davies

The word schmeat – a form of meat produced synthetically from biological tissue – made it on to the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year.


The word is rarely used, but its very inclusion in the shortlist reflects the long-term significance of the events that occurred in London in August, when the world’s first lab-grown hamburger – developed by a team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands – was cooked and served.

It’s a vital development, because current meat production methods are not sustainable and meeting global demand is becoming become increasingly difficult.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that demand for meat will increase by more than two-thirds over the next 40 years.

The Dutch scientists responsible for the first schmeat predict ‘cultured’ meats (ones grown artificially) could be commercially available within 10 to 20 years.

‘With the current technology, we can make the meat at a reasonable price and that will only come down as we improve the production process,’ says lead scientist Professor Mark Post. ‘There are still a few technical hurdles, but they require just work and time, and the outcome is reasonably predictable.’

Although the team say synthetic meat is biologically the same, it will need to replicate its appearance closely to tempt doubters.

Cultured beef is currently white, and coloured using beetroot. Professor Post’s team are now working on cultivating fat tissue and increasing levels of the pigment myoglobin, which gives meat its colour. This would offer a more authentic flavour and appearance.

But beef patties aren’t the only part of our diet to attract the attention of food scientists.

In the future, every aspect of a burger – from the bun to the relish – could be modified to make it more sustainable.

What’s more, it could even become something of a health food. The science is tantalisingly close to delivering, but any new GM foods would have to overcome a raft of regulations, particularly in Europe.

Creepy-crawly cuisine is coming

Insects are highly nutritious and heading to a dinner plate near you.

The idea of eating tangles of muscle from a Petri dish may be unpalatable to some. Even less appealing, however, may be the idea of devouring insects, deep-fried or otherwise.

Yet in restaurants from London to Sydney, insects are proving quite a hit with a niche audience keen to eat delights such as grasshoppers, locusts, crickets and scorpions (heat-treated, of course, to remove the toxins).

Insects actually form part of the traditional diets of at least two billion people worldwide, according to The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

There’s no escaping the fact that they are good for you. A recent FAO report points to the benefits of eating insects.

…[Read More]

And since we are talking about McDonald’s food here…

And the “healthy” stuff above being a lot LESS appetizing?


That’s saying something.