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How corpse brain scans help the living

The deceased are making a comeback by helping to improve imaging technology<p>For thousands of years, direct studies of the human brain required the dead. The main method of study was dissection, which needed, rather inconveniently for the owner, physical access to their brain. Despite occasional …

How to reduce the pain of a bad memory

American psychologists find that focusing on the contextual elements of a bad memory helps to reduce the pain it causes<p>Scientists in America claim they have found a simple technique people may use to reduce the emotional impact of bad memories.<p>The researchers at the Beckman Institute at the …

The Brain

His brain injury made him a math genius: Science explains why

<b>(Digital Storm via Shutterstock)</b><p>Scientists explain Jason Padgett’s rare syndrome, and examine the possibility that we all have dormant abilities<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 6, 2014 9:45pm (UTC)<p>In his memoir, "Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel", excerpted by Salon, Jason Padgett …

Gut Feeling: How Intestinal Bacteria Could Manipulate Your Brain

The next time you can’t figure out why you’re suddenly craving a huge slab of ultra-decadent chocolate cake—consider the possibility that it’s not just you doing the craving. New research suggests that the armies of bacteria living in our guts can pull the strings in our brains to get what they …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head | Peter Moseley

If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech<p>Most of us will be familiar with the experience of silently talking to ourselves in our head. Perhaps you’re at the supermarket and realise that …

Protein could put antibiotic-resistant bugs in handcuffs

Through several years of laborious structural biology to figure out the specific shapes of the molecules involved, the research team has mapped out …

One and done: New antibiotic could provide single-dose option

DURHAM, N.C. - In the battle against stubborn skin infections, including methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> (MRSA), a new single-dose …

Discovery holds potential in destroying drug-resistant bacteria

Through the serendipity of science, researchers have discovered a potential treatment for deadly, drug-resistant bacterial infections that uses the …

How Your Thoughts Create Your Brain | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Of course you know that your thoughts are generated by your brain. But you may not have considered that in many very real ways, your thoughts <i>create</i> …

How a cat virus could lead to an HIV vaccine

Blood from people infected with HIV shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus protein, a finding that may help scientists find a way to …

Neuroscience Struggles to Explain Near Death Experiences

Near death experiences (NDEs) have been reported through the ages by those who were near death—or thought they were—and then return.<p>Though these …

The Horrible Disease That Causes People to Self-Cannibalize

There are a lot of awful diseases out there, but this genetic disorder is particularly gruesome. It causes people to cannibalize themselves, and no …

Lips

The Day When Our Antibiotics Stop Working Is Coming Very Soon

We are close to entering a “post-antibiotic era.” It’s not a place we want to go.<p>It’s hard to overestimate the importance of antibiotics. These drugs have literally been one of the cornerstones of modern civilization, minimizing deaths from all kinds of common infections, and saving society …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

Brain Implants Could Give People Perfect Memories And Night Vision

Soon, they could give people super senses and radically improved memory and focus.<p>"Brain implants today are where laser eye surgery was several decades ago," write Gary Marcus, an NYU professor of psychology, and Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in …

The Brain

Science's Latest Efforts To Make Addiction-Proof Painkillers

You have to disentangle the pain relief effects from the euphoric ones.<p>Can you make prescription painkillers addiction-proof? <i>Popular Science</i> asked this question one year ago. At the time, researchers had just gathered enough evidence that a new formulation of OxyContin, released without fanfare in …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

The Halo headband wants to make you smarter by shocking your brain

A far-fetched gadget has backing from the tech industry's biggest investor<p>Back in 2012, I found myself in the basement of a couple self-styled biohackers, hooking up some electrodes to my temple. They were showing me a prototype of their "thinking cap," which they said increased focus by zapping …

‘Vampire’ Mice May Hold Key to Eternal Youth

Aging mice gain energy, while also exhibiting greater strength and memory, when injected with the blood of younger specimens, according to a new …

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Scientists developed a patch that could help patients receive drugs the minute they need them<p>A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also the risk …

Complex synthetic DNA could 'revolutionise' medicine

Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast, a landmark step for biological engineering.<p>Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria.<p>David Shukman reports.

Bioengineering

Watch a Woman Get a New 3D-Printed Skull

It's not news that we can 3D print bones or even successfully implant 3D-printed skull fragments. But a team of Dutch brain surgeons has taken things …

Scientists just took a major step toward making life from scratch

For the first time, researchers have synthesized a eukaryotic chromosome in a lab<p>Synthetic biology has come a long way in recent years. In the last two decades alone, scientists have been able to go from synthesizing the genome of a relatively small virus, Hepatitis C, to creating what researchers …

Nanofiber bandages could safely seal your next wound

Over-the-counter liquid bandages are great for sealing up minor cuts and scrapes, but sutures are still required to close most surgical incisions and deeper wounds. A group of scientists at the University of Maryland, however, have devised a way to apply a layer of 370 nanometer-wide biodegradable …

Would You Customize Your First Born Child?

The recent announcement by a British medical ethics board in favor of an experimental three-parent IVF treatment—wherein the genetic material from …

New study suggests humans could become radiation-resistant

In the event of a nuclear accident or blast, humans can be exposed to ionizing radiation that causes cancer and heart disease, among other problems. …

How To Print A New Face

The face of a motorcyclist who was severely injured in a crash has been repaired using 3-D printing.<p>Stephen Power, 29, had two broken arms and needed a bone graft for his right leg after the 2012 accident in Porthcawl, Wales.<p>But despite the fact that he was wearing a helmet, his worst injuries were …

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

The device could eventually let surgeons apply stem cells more directly<p>One of the greatest promises of 3-D printing is that we'll one day be able to print organs on-demand. Need a new liver? There it is, at the push of a button.<p>Anticipating that future, scientists from the University of Wollongong …

Stem Cells