People have trouble remembering even very simple pieces of information when they do not expect to have to remember them, according to researchers at Penn State University. In short, they say the memory part of the brain needs to be "turned on" to be truly effective. Learn more
Scientists have long understood that too much salt can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, but never quite knew how that happened. Now, based on a rat study, a team from McGill University in Montreal has found that salt blocks a circuit in the brain that controls blood pressure. Learn more
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For the first time, beer is sold in a can. Working with the American Can Company—which developed a coating to keep beer from chemically reacting with tin—the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company puts 2,000 cans on the market in Richmond, Virginia. Get the full story.