Extra-Ordinary Heat Wave | Open Mind

The heatwave which invaded England recently was no ordinary one. At numerous locations the temperature exceeded 40°C (104°F) which, as far as we know, has never happened before in the British Isles. England definitely isn’t prepared for such temperatures, as Melissa Harrison makes abundantly clear in the Washington Post; an airport closed when the runway … Read more

The Quantum Mind: From NDEs to Post-Materialist Science

Near-Death-Experience Source: S. Hermann & amp; F. Richter / pixabay This post is part of a series. You can read part 1 here. “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. ” —Albert Einstein In part 1 of this series, “Quantum Mind,” we learned that the mind … Read more

Invention Allows Amputees To Control a Robotic Arm With Their Mind

Researchers have created a device that can read and decipher brain signals, allowing amputees to control the arm using only their thoughts. A University of Minnesota research team has made mind-reading possible through the use of electronics and AI. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have created a system that enables amputees to … Read more

MIT Researchers Identify Brain Circuit in the Thalamus That Helps Us Hold Information in Mind

MIT researchers have found that neurons of the anteroventral thalamus (labeled green) play a critical role in spatial working memory. Neurons of the anterodorsal thalamus are labeled in red. Credit: Dheeraj Roy and Ying Zhang This brain circuit, which weakens with age, could offer a target to help prevent age-related decline in spatial memory. As … Read more

Elon Musk Claims Neuralink Could ‘Cure’ Tinnitus… Don’t Get Too Excited

The human brain is said to be the most complex biological structure ever to exist. And while science does not fully understand the brain yet, researchers in the expanding field of neuroscience have been making progress. Neuroscientists have made substantial inroads towards mapping the complex functions of the brain’s 85 billion or so neurons and … Read more

Regaining fitness after COVID infection can be hard. Here are 5 things to keep in mind before you start exercising again

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are you finding it difficult to get moving after having COVID? You are not alone. Even if you have mild symptoms, you may still experience difficulty in regaining your fitness. Building back up to exercise is important, but so is taking it slowly. In general, most people can start to return … Read more

The Eyes Can Reveal if Someone Has Aphantasia – An Absence of Visuals in Their Mind

Aphantasia is the strange condition where some people are unable to visualize images in their mind. For a long time, aphantasia could only be identified thanks to people self-reported experiences. Now, we may finally have a way to detect it in a different way. In this case, the eyes have it. More specifically, in a … Read more

Case Study Shows It’s Possible to Orgasm Using Only Your Mind

A 33-year-old woman with vaginismus trained herself to spontaneously orgasm with only her mind, a new case study reports. Vaginismus is a condition that occurs when the pelvic floor is involuntarily contracted. This can cause a great deal of pain during penetrative sex, but it does not mean those with vaginismus can experience sexual pleasure. … Read more

South Africa: Rocks On Her Mind, Soil On Her Hands – Inspirational Graduand Rabia Jacobs

At registration in first year, Rabia Jacobs faced a dilemma. The University of Cape Town (UCT) student hadn’t realized she needed two majors. Scanning the possibilities, geology seemed the best fit with environmental and geographic science. That choice, made on the fly, created the bedrock for geology postgraduate studies that the graduand hopes will culminate … Read more