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Could uneaten algae be the next biofuel?

<b>U. QUEENSLAND (AUS) —</b> Focusing on fast-growing and hardy microscopic algae, rather than the most oil-rich, could lead to cheaper and more efficient …

Dying brains: will our last hurrah be an explosion of conscious experience?

What does it feel like to die? Most of us have no idea, but around 1 in 10 people who survive a cardiac arrest report having near death experiences (NDEs). These can range from relived memories to vivid experiences of light, sound, and emotion.<p>An interesting new study by Jimo Borjigin and …

Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

A burst of brain activity just after the heart stops may be the cause of so-called near-death experiences, scientists say.<p>The insight comes from research involving nine lab rats whose brains were analyzed as they were being euthanized. Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase …

Brain activity continues in rats after clinical death, study finds

"Near death" experiences are controversial to say the least. A recent <i>Newsweek</i> cover story on one such experience claimed to offer "proof" of the afterlife, only to be widely criticized by scientists for sensationalist and unscientific claims. But now comes scientific proof that for some animals — …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …