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Sleeping more flushes junk out of the brain

Enlarge (credit: OsakaWayne Studios) As if we didn’t have enough reasons to get at least eight hours of sleep, there is now one more. Neurons are still active during sleep. We may not realize it, but the brain takes advantage of this recharging period to get rid of junk that was accumulating during waking hours. Sleep...

Sun Apr 14, 2024 15:23
Why do some people always get lost?

Enlarge / Scientists are homing in on how navigation skills develop. (credit: Knowable Magazine (CC BY-ND)) Like many of the researchers who study how people find their way from place to place, David Uttal is a poor navigator. “When I was 13 years old, I got lost on a Boy Scout hike, and I was lost for two and a half days,”...

Sun Apr 14, 2024 15:23
Change Healthcare faces another ransomware threat—and it looks credible

Enlarge (credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus) For months, Change Healthcare has faced an immensely messy ransomware debacle that has left hundreds of pharmacies and medical practices across the United States unable to process claims. Now, thanks to an apparent dispute within the ransomware criminal ecosystem, it may have...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 22:22
How new tech is making geothermal energy a more versatile power source

Enlarge / The Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station. Geothermal power has long been popular in volcanic countries like Iceland, where hot water bubbles from the ground. (credit: Gretar Ívarsson/Wikimedia Commons) Glistening in the dry expanses of the Nevada desert is an unusual kind of power plant that harnesses energy...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 14:23
US drug shortages reach record high with 323 meds now in short supply

Enlarge / Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Adderall XR brand medication arranged at a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, in November 2023. (credit: Getty | George Frey) Drug shortages in the US have reached an all-time high, with 323 active and ongoing shortages already tallied this year, according to data collected by the American Society...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 02:26
SD cards finally expected to hit 4TB in 2025

Enlarge / Generic, non-Western Digital SD cards. (credit: Getty) Western Digital plans to release the first 4TB SD card next year. On Thursday, the storage firm announced plans to demo the product in person next week. Western Digital will launch the SD card, which follows the SD Association's Secure Digital Ultra Capacity...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 00:26

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