Magnetic brain 
manipulation

See that magnet? It’s got two positive poles. Honest.

Or not, as the case may be. According to Estonian researches of the University of Tartu, whacking a magnet on your bonce in certain areas means either you won’t be able to tell the truth or you won’t be able to tell a lie.

Now bearing in mind that the study group was 16 people – so rather lower than what an actual scientist would admit to – nonetheless the researchers worked out that the left-sided dorsolateral cortex when stimulated produced lies but the right side made people tell the truth.

Nevertheless, we think the technique – called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – is definitely the best piece of verifiable work we’ve ever seen. Although someone is holding a magnet to our head as we write. But you’ll have to work out on which side.

Oh give it a rest

Anyone who’s lived in the UK will recognise which newspaper this is from, but suffice it to say that it rhymes with ‘Gaily Fail’. This horrible little right-wing weasel tabloid rag is notorious for claiming, basically, that everything either gives you, or cures, cancer. This week they’ve uncovered some Aussie research that seems to indicate that drinking more than three glasses of fruit juice will give people a higher risk of rectal cancer due to the drink’s high sugar content.

Now there’s a website tracking the Fail’s continuing schizo view of the world and it’s called Kill or Cure. We recommend you utilise your search engine of choice and go check it out. Although, according to the Fail, you might well catch cancer from Google, of course. Or cure it.

Tiresome though the Fail is, it does at least provide some entertainment, though at other times it’s enough to make you yawn (cue set-up for slick radio-style link).

And according to a research team based in Tucon, Arizona, yawning is contagious (big surprise there, eh) and also exposing the roof of the mouth to cooler air lowers brain temperature (actually we didn’t know that bit).

So next time you get caught in a dull meeting, don’t resist the urge: just tell the boss you’re making your thinking-bump more efficient. No, it didn’t work for us either.

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