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'Poetic passwords' could be the future of memorable security

A pair of researchers claim to have developed a new system for generating super-secure, memorable passwords that is based around rhyming poetry. The resulting phrases would take five million years to crack, based on the performance of today's computers.

Best way to remember someone's name revealed

Montreal - It's happened to all of us. We see a familiar face but we can't quite place the name of the person, sometimes leading to embarrassment. Researchers have pinpointed the best way to put a name to a face.

Too much willpower leads to memory loss

A new study indciates that people who exercise willpower could suffer impaired memory function, via the draining of shared brain mechanisms and structures.

Carbon nanotube processors could be 1000x faster than silicon

A new method of engineering the processors that power computers could result in chips with 1000 times the performance of today's best offerings, according to a group of researchers.

Britons reflect on 63 years of life under Queen Elizabeth II

Derby - Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday after over 63 years on the throne.

Google Chrome is going on a diet today

Google has updated its Chrome web browser with several new features designed to make the browsing experience feel much faster, especially on low-end devices. There are also some major improvements to battery life, another traditional issue in Chrome.

Samsung unveils world's largest hard drive — 16TB super-fast SSD

Samsung has created the world's highest-capacity hard drive, cramming 16TB of file storage space into a unit that fits into a 2.5-inch bay. Even more significant is that the drive is actually an SSD based around 3D NAND chips and not a hard drive at all.

Is your S6 crawling along? Samsung admits it might, here is why

Samsung has admitted that a major software defect on its new flagship handset, the Galaxy S6, is causing some phones to run excruciatingly slowly when compared with the stated specifications. A fix is on the way but some users aren't happy.

Can our metabolism change our memory?

New York - Fruit flies learn and remember a preference for lower-calorie typical lab nutrition over high-calorie food, according to a new study.

Apple may have invented USB Type-C

A major Apple blogger has revealed that the company is actually responsible for the creation of the new reversible USB Type-C standard. The tech giant then gave it to the relevant bodies to encourage larger adoption by other companies.

Exploring the memory patterns of bees

London - In a new study, researchers have demonstrated the occurrence of false memories in bumblebees. This is a pattern that seems to occur in other bees as well.

New malware allows complete bypassing of network passwords

New malware has been discovered in the wild that can allow attackers complete access to a domain, able to login as any user without the need for authentication.

Can chocolate improve memory?

New York - In a new study, chocolate was found to improve the memory of people aged between aged 50 to 69. Sounds good? The only catch is that you would need to consume an excessive amount of chocolate to achieve the memory feat.

Meditation may physically alter regions of the brain

Harvard researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital reported that the practice of mindfulness meditation can physically alter regions of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

The key to having a good memory is ridiculously simple

Memories don't just happen on their own. You have to, quite literally, pay attention. "The process [of memory] starts with our attention," Michele L. Brennan explains at Psych Central.

Study shows junk food damages your brain

Trans fats found in junk food are renowned for creating obesity and heart disease, but now it has been proven that they damage the functioning of the brain as well.

Study: Cocoa antioxidants helps reverse age related memory loss

New York - If you find you have become more forgetful lately, you may want to consider munching on some dark chocolate according to a study released on Sunday.

How photos impact our memory

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what’s the impact of a single photo on our brains and memory, and how is our social-media-saturated culture affecting our relationship with the photograph?

Study: Lack of sleep may cause false memories

Psychological researchers from the University of California in Irvine and Michigan State University have published findings suggesting that lack of sleep makes you susceptible to false memories.

Why can’t you remember life as a baby?

The growth and development of new neurons may explain why adults cannot remember being infants, according to a new study.

Smelling while sleeping can affect memory

The brain’s ability to properly store information about different scents can be disrupted by introducing new sensory stimulation during deep sleep. This is according research using mice.

Caffeine could improve memory

Drinking coffee straight after studying might help people remember information later, a new study suggests. With drinking coffee before studying, there was no improvement.

Op-Ed: Can caffeine really improve memory?

A new study indicates that post-learning caffeine consumption can improve memory. The story has been picked up by media outlets; however many from the scientific community are not convinced.

Caffeine stirs memory: study

Paris - A jolt of caffeine can boost memory, according to a study published Sunday that provides a scientific motive for students slurping coffee, tea or energy drinks when cramming for exams.

Illness after heart surgery linked to specific genes

Long-term complications after heart surgery, which can affect memory and thinking, appear to be linked to particular genes.

Does caffeine pose a risk during pregnancy?

Caffeine during pregnancy could be bad for pregnant women. Scientists found the stimulant altered the brain cells of newborns whose moms had consumed caffeine during and after pregnancy.

Is it possible to erase 'bad memories'?

It remains 'science fiction' that a 'bad' memory can be erased. However, researchers have managed to selectively erase methamphetamine-related memories in mice and rats.

A dolphin doesn't forget

A new study shows that bottlenose dolphins appear to remember each other's 'signature' whistles for up to two decades after their last encounter.

False memory implanted in mice with optic fibers

False memory syndrome (FMS) describes a condition in which a person's identity and relationships are affected by memories which are factually incorrect but are strongly believed. You feel confident that your memory is accurate while in fact it's not.

Treating alcoholism by blocking memories

Is it possible to treat alcoholism by blocking memories? New research on rats suggests that this might be possible through drug treatment.
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