Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Coffee to the rescue, scientists can see what’s on your mind, and a massive floating stage in Austria

            Good Morning Humboldt County!

The coffees on. Come on in and grab a cup while it’s hot. I rustled up a trio of stories to start your day. Good news about coffee for woman (I’m assuming it’s good news for men too), your mind is an open map to scientists, and a floating stage on lake Constance. 

                Coffee cuts depression risk in women

Drinking coffee may lower women's risk of depression, a new study says. Women in the study who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period compared to those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week.

The researchers cautioned, however, that the new study only shows an association between coffee consumption and depression risk, and cannot prove that drinking coffee reduces risk of depression in women.


                                    Scientists: We Can See What's In Your Mind

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley found that by looking at brain activity, they could get a fairly good picture of a human's visual experiences. The study is published in the current issue of Current Biology.So how did they do that? They made people watch short video clips and then they measured brain activity using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine and they were able to recreate the clip people were watching.

The floating stage of the Bregenz Festival in Austria

The Seebühne, a massive floating stage on Lake Constance, is the centerpiece of the annual Bregenz Festival in Austria.

The stage hosts elaborate opera productions that are famous for their extraordinary set designs, for audiences of up to 7000.


Time to walk on down the road…

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