Author - Soren Dreier


Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you...

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Cosmic Dust Scraped Off of European Rooftops

Forty-thousand tons of cosmic dust falls to Earth each year. These particles that have been around since the formation of our solar system have been found for the first time on rooftops in three of the world’s major cities. These particles are tiny, roughly around 0.01 millimetres...

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7 Natural Treatments of Prediabetes Symptoms

We know that diabetes is a major problem in the U.S., and prediabetes is not less of an issue — but it’s also a wakeup call that can jolt someone into action. Prediabetes symptoms may go unnoticed, but the first sign is that you no longer have normal blood sugar levels. A prediabetes...

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Why is DMT Illegal?

DMT is not illegal because of any scientific research which states that it is dangerous, or because there have been committees which have investigated its effects. DMT is illegal because of a United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Drugs in 1971, that all countries signed except East...

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Bottled Water: Are You Drinking This Toxic Rip-Off?

Bottled water risks include more than just draining your bank account. You see, those single-use bottles found in supermarkets, gas stations and gyms across the country are what I like to call “toxic rip-offs.” Why? Because you’re paying way more for a product that contains harmful...

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McAfee on the Erosion of Privacy and Freedom

John McAfee, who created the world’s first antivirus computer program, VirusScan, in 1987, and became a news sensation in 2012 when he was on the run from the law in Belize, gives a sobering view of how we are allowing technology to slowly erode our privacy, and with it, our basic...

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9 Ways to Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is responsible for neutralizing toxins and purifying the body, all while transporting a precious cargo of infection-fighting cells. Yet, this life-sustaining group of nodes, glands and organs, is often overlooked or taken for granted. The truth is: a variety of...

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Victory: Dakota Access Pipeline Permit Denied

In a long-awaited victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, tribal leadership announced late Sunday. The agency will not allow the pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a reservoir near the tribal...

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Worst Flooding in 30 Years Hits Southern Spain

Unprecedented amounts of rain have caused severe flash flooding in parts of southern Spain over the weekend, culminating on Sunday, December 4, 2016. At least two people have been killed. Meteorologists say a massive 200 liters of water per cubic meter fell in just 12 hours. Some reports...

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Ask the Aged…

Ten years ago, I reached a point in my career that felt either like a dead-end or a turning point – I wasn’t sure which. By then, I had spent 25 years as a gerontologist, professionally occupied with everything to do with ageing. I conducted research using longitudinal data sets and...

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Hypochondriacs & the Placebo Effect

Researchers have found that about 70 percent of healthy people who worry about developing illnesses may be increasing their risk of heart disease. Another study shows the placebo effect in drug studies can be so powerful as to affect the outcomes. “We hypothesized that people with health...

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How to Make Night Terrors Stop

Few things are scarier than watching someone you love freak out uncontrollably at night—even if they won’t remember. Scarier still is hearing that someone was you from a loved one or roommate. Those are night terrors, and they’re no ordinary nightmares. Here’s why and when they happen...

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Never Go To Bed Angry

Don’t go to bed angry. Now there’s evidence for this proverb: it’s harder to suppress bad memories if you sleep on them. The discovery could reveal new ways to treat people who suffer from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, and reinforces an earlier idea...

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Wife Texts Husband She Brought A Dog Home…

If you ever find an abandoned puppy which you want to take home, make sure it’s not something else. For example, a coyote. This is exactly how Justin Bogh felt when his wife Kayla Eby sent him a pic of a “cute little dog” she “found” outside which was obviously a coyote. His reaction was...

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Protecting Gorillas at All Costs

I came out of my room and a park ranger was standing just outside the door with an AK-47 in his hands. “You don’t have to worry, Monsieur, the base is totally secured,” he said. I actually wasn’t worried at all: I just wanted to have a nice cold beer before going to bed. Park Ranger...

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A Forgotten Adventure With a Telepathic Tribe

Near the top of a mountain in the Peruvian Andes is a small lake named Laguna McIntyre. This is the source of the Amazon River, so named for the National Geographic photographer, writer, and prolific explorer who made the discovery. “Amazing is the word heard most often at National...

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The FBI Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the U.S. government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the federal code of criminal procedure died on the Senate floor. Senator Ron Wyden tried three times on Wednesday to stall the rule changes, which let judges...

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How Childhood Memories Shape Us

The slippery baby in the plastic blue tub cringes when her daddy, holding a drippy orange washcloth, leaks a bit of water in her face. He is bathing her for the first time. “Make sure you get the folds in her neck, where milk hides,” I say, video recording the scene on my iPhone. We are...

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