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LSD potentiates brain plasticity, improving memory

LSD potentiates brain plasticity, improving memory

NeurosciencePharmacy

By Rosa García-Verdugo

Long disregarded as a party drug, loved by hippies and alternative thinkers, LSD has been recently demonstrated to be much more than that, being useful as an anti-depressive and in therapy against PTSD and other traumas. Now, another “power” of LSD has been uncovered: it potentiates brain plasticity, thereby improving memory and other cognitive processes […]

MI weekly selection #481

MI weekly selection #481

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Optimal workout timing may depend on gender Research on the relationship between exercise timing and gender indicates that women may see greater abdominal fat and blood pressure benefits with morning workouts, and evening exercise may help men burn more fat and better control their blood pressure. Working out in the evening also appeared to improve […]

Quantum dots as analog simulators of long-range interactions

Quantum dots as analog simulators of long-range interactions

DIPC Quantum Systems

By DIPC

In most physical systems, particles interact locally or at short distances only. Still, l ong-range interactions, like electromagnetic forces, play a crucial role in quantum physics and chemistry. They are a key ingredient for many phenomena, from molecular binding to high-temperature superconductivity. While their exact treatment in quantum many-body systems remains numerically challenging, analog quantum […]

A blinding mutation that might increase intelligence

A blinding mutation that might increase intelligence

GeneticsNeuroscience

By Rosa García-Verdugo

How to breed more intelligent humans? This is a difficult question, one which raises numerous issues, both ethical and scientific. Would you give your eyesight away to become brighter? As crazy as this question may sound, a blinding mutation might increase intelligence. The CORD7 (cone-rod dystrophy 7) mutation of the RIMS1 gene produces progressive blindness […]

MI weekly selection #480

MI weekly selection #480

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By César Tomé

Perseverance captures sun halo Despite decades of exploration on the surface of Mars and thousands of photographs of the skies above the red planet, scientists only observed signs of a sun halo recently. NASA’s Perseverance rover finally documented the phenomenon, which occurs when atmospheric ice crystals warp sunlight to create the appearance of a halo […]

A general procedure to design materials with topological semimetal phases

A general procedure to design materials with topological semimetal phases

DIPC Advanced materials

By DIPC

Electron correlations and topology are well established as engines for surprising and potentially functional properties. Strong correlations promote quantum fluctuations, which engender abundant phases of matter and various quantum phase transitions. Meanwhile, extensive developments have taken place in noninteracting electron systems, especially those with sizable spin-orbit couplings. It can reasonably be expected that the intersection […]

From protein design to materials design

From protein design to materials design

ChemistryMaterials

By BCMaterials

A key feature that makes natural materials highly sustainable and recyclable is their modularity. Biodegradable materials are such because biological organisms can digest and break their constituting chemicals into simpler building blocks. Often such simpler building blocks are then reused for energy or structural purposes. In other words, nature needs materials that can be broken […]

MI weekly selection #479

MI weekly selection #479

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By César Tomé

Spaceflight alters DNA of astronauts’ blood Blood samples collected from all 14 astronauts who traveled to space as part of NASA’s space shuttle program between 1998 and 2001 showed evidence of DNA mutations after being stored for 20 years. While the mutations are below a key threshold for concern, researchers suggest astronauts submit to periodic […]