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10 New Discoveries That Will Blow Your Mind

We're still not sure why someone would invent pot without the high, but it's on the list this week.

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During feelings of guilt the two regions failed to sync up in the brains of formerly depressed subjects; during feelings of indignation they worked fine as they did both times in the never-depressed subjects. Those most prone to self-recrimination had the most significant communication gaps between regions. Also, “Importantly, once-depressed participants didn't notice feeling any differently when they read the guilt and indignation sentences, suggesting that this breakdown in communication is not felt consciously.”

The good news is this tendency can be overcome by learning -- the Manchester researchers are collaborating with Jorge Moll, of the D'Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro, to develope a feedback program: patients will be able to watch their brain activities in real time and potentially see their brain process change as they try to change their feelings.

How cool would that be? If only the body could be transparent at certain times so we could see how it works maybe we’d treat it better or be convinced that certain efforts we were making were actually helping. A window on the brain and clearly one well worth looking into. 

3. New glasses

A new window is always a good thing, especially if that window is as thin as a piece of paper and bendable like the new “Willow Glass” that was unveiled by Corning at a trade show in Boston this week, as reported by the BBC . Made with a process called “Fusion” in which the ingredients are melted in 500c heat and rolled out on a continuous sheet in a device “similar to a traditional printing press,” Willow Glass might one day replace Gorilla Glass. That was also developed by Corning, is used in 575 products, including mobile device screens and “w as first spotted by the Apple founder Steve Jobs, who contacted Corning when the firm was developing the screen for its first iPhone in 2006.”

Other attempts have been made to make thinner, flexible displays like graphene, “a super-conductive form of carbon made from single-atom-thick sheets,” and “a millimeters-thick prototype flexible smartphone in 2011, made of a so-called electronic paper.”

Next up: George Glass. It’s so thin it isn’t even there. (If you got that you watched waaay too much Brady Bunch as a kid. It was better than Reality TV). 

4. Book ‘em

Maybe one day that Willow Glass will turn up on your eReader, a snazzy new addition to an already wonderful product, though some eReader fans may sometimes miss certain aesthetics of old-fashioned paper books. 

Enter Paper Passion by Steidl , a fragrance that smells like newly printed books. The scent was commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine, which got master perfumer Geza Schoen to invent a scent evocative of ink on paper. A package of Passion includes texts by several people including Karl Lagerfeld, whom the Web site quotes as saying, “The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world.” (Poor man. Must never have been in a bakery). 

We especially like io9’s Lauren Davis ’ thought of spritzing your eReader with some Paper Passion (though it is meant to be worn by people) so you’d feel more like you were holding an actual book, soothing the avid reader who still isn’t used to curling up with a good screen (Ray Bradbury didn’t like e-books and said they  “smell like burned fuel” to him” -- see Item #10). At $115 a bottle it’s even more expensive than most hardbacks but it’s a charming idea. I hope, in fact, they will pair it with a perfume that smells like coffee. How cozy, especially on a winter’s day, for your eReader or study area to evoke the snug, comforting atmosphere of a Barnes & Noble? 

 
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