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A drug that could erase your memories of being afraid

Scientists have known for a while that every time you retrieve a memory, you rewrite it. Remembering something is to change it, and with the help of drugs it can be changed a lot. That's the focus of research from the University of Montreal, where researchers discovered that when men who took a drug called metyrapone while remembering something painful, they couldn't recall the bad parts of the memory four days later. More »


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How To Jog Your Memory, The Science Fiction Hero Way

The busier you get, the more stuff you forget, and navigating that mental clutter can be worse than steering through an asteroid field. Luckily, lots of intrepid galactic heroes have faced faulty memories, and created some handy techniques for remembering. More »

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Five Brain-Manipulating Technologies That Prove Dollhouse Exists Right Now

Joss Whedon's Dollhouse is about a secret organization that supplies mind-wiped sex ninjas to the rich. It's not set in the future because neuromanipulated technoslaves could exist today. Here's proof. More »

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Meth-addicted snails prove that amphetamines are the ultimate memory-enhancer

Why are scientists getting pond snails hooked on meth? To figure out how addiction works. But they discovered something else: Meth enhances memory. What you learn when high stays with you longer and more clearly than what you learn sober. More »

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Scientists Rewrite Flies' Memories

We've already got memory-wiping drugs, and now researchers have taken the next baby step to a whole new you. They have used lasers to etch bad memories into the brains of flies, and changed their reactions to certain stimuli. More »

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A Chemical That Improves Memory (and Cures Loneliness)

Social isolation makes people stressed out and forgetful, but soon a drug could cure this problem. Late last year, scientists isolated a brain enzyme that triggers the "loneliness" feelings during periods of solitude. Replenishing that enzyme in the brain could enhance memory and relieve stress when you're spending a lot of time by yourself working (or space traveling). More »

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Scared To Forget? Scared To Remember? You've Got – Memory Panic!

I'm terrified of forgetting things, especially after reading about early-onset Alzheimer's. But sometimes I just wish I had that memory-eraser from Men In Black, to forget bad dates and crappy movies. Will we ever have total control of our memories? More »

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One in five British people believe Lightsabers are real - and half believe science can erase your memories

One in five British people believe Lightsabers are real - and half believe science can erase your memoriesIn a sign that the line between science and science fiction is blurred in many people's brains (or just that you can get whatever result you want in a survey) a shocking number of Brits believe scifi tech is real. More »

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Eliza Dushku on what Dollhouse taught her, and what it can teach us

Dollhouse season two is on DVD, which means it's time to rediscover Joss Whedon's most challenging show. We spoke to star/producer Eliza Dushku about the show's challenges, the criticisms Dollhouse faced...and the Echo/Paul outtakes that were too much for TV. More »

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Cocaine vaccine could make drug addiction a distant memory

The first ever vaccine for drug addiction has just been created. By combining a cocaine-like molecule with part of the common cold virus, you get a vaccine that turns the immune system against cocaine, keeping it away from the brain. More »

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A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory

Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see. More »

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Memory-restoring compound could destroy Alzheimer's forever

Aging rats have had their memory loss reversed, thanks to a compound that helps them form new memories again. The compound could be a breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer's. More »

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Wipe your short-term memory, but leave long-term learning intact

The hero in Memento had a certain condition that prevented him from making new memories. He couldn't remember the start of a conversation by the end of the conversation. He couldn't remember who a person was, if that person had introduced themselves to him a few minutes before. When he learned a new fact, or phone number, he had to repeat it obsessively until he could write it down. More »

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A Memory-Erasing Chemical That Can Change Your Behavior

Memory is one of the main reasons why drug addicts who have gone sober suddenly find themselves jumping off the wagon. Environmental cues like visiting a place where you were high can make you remember the drug and weaken your resistance to taking it again. But now researchers have discovered a way to selectively erase "drug-associated memories" and make it easier for you to just say no to the needle, pill, or pipe. More »

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An Addictive Memory Drug Destroys Lives

A designer drug called Mem has become an addictive, underground sensation: people take it to relive their memories so vividly that it's as if they're actually back in the past. Dying cancer patients take it to feel like they are running a race at the age of 18, and washed-up university professors take it to re-experience the days when learning felt like a pleasure. More »