Al­co­hol aids cre­ativ­ity

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IF YOU are look­ing for a flash of in­spi­ra­tion, you might find it at the bot­tom of a glass of wine.

Al­co­hol can help us think more creatively by free­ing up the brain to think in a dif­fer­ent way, a study has found.

The re­searchers gave 70 peo­ple normal and non-al­co­holic beer, which they were un­able to dis­tin­guish be­tween. They were then asked to do a word as­so­ci­a­tion task, such as de­ter­min­ing the word link­ing “Swiss”, “blue” and “cake”. Those who had drank al­co­hol were more likely to get the an­swer right, cheese.

They also did slightly bet­ter in a cre­ative think­ing task, where they were asked how a tyre could be used. The an­swer of “a lamp­shade” was graded as less cre­ative than “a swing”.

How­ever, the au­thors stressed the find­ing for the sec­ond task was not sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant. – Daily Mail

‘Su­per-Earth plan­ets’

TWO rocky plan­ets of a sim­i­lar size to Earth are po­ten­tially hab­it­able, sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered.

The plan­ets or­bit our near­est sun-like star and can be seen by the naked eye as they are 12 light years away. The “su­perEarths” be­long to a so­lar sys­tem of four plan­ets. Bri­tish-led as­tronomers have spec­u­lated that the sys­tem might one day be a can­di­date for in­ter­stel­lar coloni­sa­tion. The key dis­cov­ery was that the plan­ets have masses as low as 1.7 times the Earth’s, the small­est ever spot­ted around a sun-like star. – Daily Mail

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