Zap of electricity makes you a brighter spark [via The Daily Telegraph]
A team of Oxford University scientists has found that pulsing low-level current from right to left through the parietal lobe, an area of the brain related to mathematical skill, doubled their performance on math tests. Subjects receiving left-to-right currents, however, dropped to the math skills of a six-year-old. “We’ve shown before that we can induce dyscalculia, and now it seems we might be able to make someone better at maths, so we really want to see if we can help people with dyscalculia, with a possible benefit to the general public,” psychologist Cohen Kadosh said. “Electrical stimulation is unlikely to turn you into the next Einstein, but if we’re lucky it might be able to help some people cope better with maths.”
Bacon-flavored soda sizzles onto shelves [via AOL News]
Bacon tastes great for breakfast, wrapped around steak, wrapped around shrimp, wrapped around vegetables and even in cookies—but what about in a can? Bacon products company J&D Foods is betting the concept will sell after introducing its newest product, bacon-flavored soda, developed in conjunction with Jones Soda. “They know soda. We know bacon. We were destined to merge our technologies for something big,” Esch said. “We’ve already made bacon beauty products, bacon stationery and edible bacon products, so something drinkable was next.”
Free diver smashes cave world record [via The Daily Telegraph]
Venezuelan Carlos Coste, 34, swam 492 feet through an underwater cave without a breathing apparatus in just two and a half minutes, more than doubling the previous world record. The Yucatan stunt took three years of planning; Coste worked to build up how long he can hold his breath to a shocking seven minutes. “I was not scared about it. We have planned this for a long time and I was fully prepared for what I had to do,” he said.