Fatty Foods Get You High

Max Read · 07/06/11 09:32PM

Fatty foods, new research indicates, have affect your brain in a similar way to marijuana, activating brain chemcials called endocannabinoids that "produce a drug-like feeling." This feeling—like marijuana!—then encourages you to eat more fatty foods, of course.

Scientists Figuring Out How to Watch Brains Form Words

Lauri Apple · 05/30/11 03:41PM

A team of scientists at the University of Washington have found the place in the brain that makes the sounds that we use to form words and thoughts. By using some fancy computer programs, they believe they could one day interpret these brain signals well enough to identify actual words and thoughts in our heads. Which is basically mind-reading, isn't it?

How to Use Magnets to Mess Up Your Brain

Max Read · 04/11/11 09:01PM

If you're wondering—as we so often are—how future governments will enforce keep the worker/organ-farm classes in line, look no further than this video, in which a New Scientist editor is prevented from speaking by a magnetic field.

Man Discovers Knife 'Buried in Face' After Four Years

Max Read · 02/17/11 12:59AM

Do you have splitting headaches? Yes, sure, they may be migraines, or, you might have a four-inch knife, buried in your brain, for four years. Li Fu, a Chinese gentleman who had been complaining of headaches, recently discovered that the source of his pain was, yes, a four-inch knife, "stuck in his brain for more than four years." Apparently, doctors who treated him in the wake of a stabbing during a robbery in 2006 "failed to notice the knife buried deep in" Mr. Li's skull; later, apparently more competent doctors decided to perform an X-ray, and, lo: A knife, "buried in his face," in the Daily Mail's immortal phrase. Li underwent surgery and had the gross little thing removed. He is now in stable condition. [Daily Mail]

Being in Love Makes You Impervious to Pain

Max Read · 10/14/10 02:08AM

Hey! Next time you have a headache, don't reach for an Advil—instead, fall passionately in love with a person of your choosing. You see, scientists have found that love can act as a fairly powerful painkiller. Like morphine!

Shopping Pretty Much As Good As Sex

Maureen O'Connor · 09/17/10 01:34PM

Good news: "Shoppers experience the same rush of endorphins when they stumble across a hot sale promotion as they do when they are sexually aroused." So if you shopped during Fashion's Night Out, you have been to an orgy.