A while back I posted about Google's new browser Chrome.  I talked about the new features included and how I believe it will be a force to be reckoned with in the pending browser wars.  What I didn't mention was that by using it, you will actually become smarter!

homer-simpson-wallpaper-brain-1024 As reported on TechTree.com, According to results soon to be published by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Internet searches can actually help strengthen the aging brain thanks to greater mental "activity" that it undergoes while waiting for the search results and the following "scan". 

Recent research utilizing MRI equipment to monitor the cranial activity of two sets of people showed that for Internet "novices" (those who go online less than once daily), the areas of the brain which were engaged while they were reading remained more or less the same while "regulars" (those who went online at least once daily) had far more areas of the brain that were engaged when they tried Internet searches.

The Washington Post also reported on the research at the University of California Los Angeles studied 24 "novice" and "regular" internet users between the ages of 55 and 76 and found that "by searching the Internet, you may train the brain and it may keep it active and healthy."

So there you go: Use Google Chrome regularly and become smarter!