Download e-book for kindle: Can't Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front by Sue Halpern

By Sue Halpern

A necessary behind-the-scenes foray into the realm of state of the art reminiscence study that unveils findings approximately reminiscence loss basically now on hand to normal readers.

When Sue Halpern determined to emulate the first sleek scientist of reminiscence, Hermann Ebbinghaus, who experimented on himself, she had no concept that after an afternoon of radioactive checking out, her mind could develop into so "hot" that leaving in the course of the entrance door of the lab may set off the alarm. This was once now not the first time whereas getting to know Can't keep in mind What I Forgot, a part of which seemed within the New Yorker, that Halpern had her head tested, nor would it not be the final.

Halpern spent years within the corporation of the neuroscientists, pharmacologists, psychologists, nutritionists, and inventors who're trying to find the genes and molecules, the medication and meals, the machines, the prosthetics, the behaviors and treatments that may stave off Alzheimer's and different kinds of dementia and hold our minds--and memories--intact. Like many folks who've had a relative or buddy succumb to reminiscence loss, who're aging, who're listening to records approximately our personal possibilities of falling sufferer to dementia, who fear that every lapse of reminiscence portends disorder, Halpern desired to find out what the specialists quite knew, what the bench scientists have been engaged on, how shut technological know-how is to a remedy, to remedy, to exact early prognosis, and, after all, no matter if the crossword puzzles, sudokus, and ballroom dancing we've been instructed to take in can particularly hold us lucid or if they're simply anything to do earlier than the inevitable overtakes us.

Beautifully written, sharply saw, and deeply proficient, Can't keep in mind What I Forgot is a publication jam-packed with very important information--and a pretty good dose of desire.

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MASERS AND LASERS In 1953 Professor Charles Townes of the University of California at Berkeley and his colleagues produced the first coherent radiation in the form of microwaves. It was christened the "maser" (for microwave amplification through stimulated emission of radiation). He and Rus­ sian physicists Nikolai Basov and Aleksandr Prokhorov would eventu­ ally win the Nobel Prize in 1964. Soon their results were extended to visible light, giving birth to the laser. ) In a laser you first begin with a special medium that will transmit the laser beam, such as a special gas, crystal, or diode.

If Harry Potter were totally invisible, then he would be sitting blindly beneath his invisibility cloak. (One possible solution to this problem might be to insert two tiny glass plates near the location of the eye holes. These glass plates would act as "beam splitters," splitting off a tiny portion of the light hit­ ting the plates, and then sending the light into the eyes. ) As daunting as these difficulties are, scientists and engineers are optimistic that an invisibility shield of some sort can be built in the coming decades.

The wafer is then bathed in ultraviolet radiation, which has a very short wave­ length, and that radiation imprints the pattern onto the photosensitive wafer. By treating the wafer with special gases and acids, the complex circuitry of the mask is etched onto the wafer where it was exposed to ultraviolet light. ) At INVISIBILITY 25 present, the smallest components that one can create with this etching process are about 30 nm (or about 150 atoms across). A milestone in the quest for invisibility came when this silicon wafer etching technology was used by a group of scientists to create the first metamaterial that operates in the visible range of light.

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