Believe it or not, a new study of "novelty-related decision making" in adults shows that our brains are actually hard-wired to prefer novelty and adventure. It's true! In fact, research on the ventral striatum (the part of the brain associated with rewarding behavior) seems to indicate that sating our sense of adventure provides us the same sort of satisfaction we get from sex and food.
The subjects of the University College London study were shown 4 cards and were asked to choose one while their brains... READ ON
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Remember when your mother used to scold you for opening your mouth to the deadly sky as it was pouring? "It's acid rain," she'd say. Envisioning raindrops burning through my gums, jaw, and skin, I always followed my mother's advice. But the last I ever heard about acid rain was in the "˜90s. So where did it go? And what was acid rain, anyway?
Technically speaking, acid rain is rain with, well, acid! Anything with a pH level of below 7 is considered acidic. While even "clean" rain has a pH of 5.5... READ ON
Talk about an old idea. The first electric cars hit the scene way back in the early 1830s, 30 years before the Civil War (for the record, they're also older than the Eiffel Tower, Joan Rivers and sliced bread). In fact, the electric car was actually the first popularized car. In the year 1900, of the 4,192 cars produced in the United States, 28% of them were electric. And in 1903 electric cars outsold gasoline powered cars, representing about 1/3 of the cars found on the road in New York City,... READ ON
Was it the automobile? Was it lead from paint? Was it poor water conditions? No — it was horse pollution.... READ ON
Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another.