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Aha!, she says. People who claim to see auras aren't total cranks!

In synesthetes, the brain regions responsible for the processing of each type of sensory stimuli are intensely interconnected. Synesthetes can see or taste a sound, feel a taste, or associate people or letters with a particular color.
In basic neurological terms, synesthesia is thought to be due to cross-wiring in the brain of some people (synesthetes); in other words, synesthetes present more synaptic connections than "normal" people. "These extra connections cause them to automatically establish associations between brain areas that are not normally interconnected," professor Gomez Milán explains. New research suggests that many healers claiming to see the aura of people might have this condition.

I think this might count as having High Mastery in Miyagi Power-Up. I'm jealous. I want to be a crank.

By min | May 9, 2012, 11:53 AM | Science | Comments (0)| Link

Brown Fat Versus White Fat

The dreaded visceral fat:

Brown fat expends energy, while its counterpart, white fat stores it. The danger in white fat cells, along with the increased risk for diabetes and heart disease it poses, seems especially linked to visceral fat.
[T]he researchers found that knocking down expression of the Aldh1a1 gene by injecting antisense molecules into mice made fat by diet resulted in less visceral fat, less weight gain, lower glucose levels, and protection against cold exposure as compared to control mice.

It helps you lose weight and gives you an X in Cold Survival!

By min | May 8, 2012, 12:22 PM | Science | Comments (0)| Link

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