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How and Why We Age: The Power of Telomeres and Telomerase

Twenty years ago little was known about the aging process. Many ideas existed but nothing was certain. Today we know how and why we age. We cannot control it just yet, but even that may change in the near future.<p>The human body has 100 trillion highly-specialized cells. Each of these cells has sets …

In pictures: Inside the heart

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has announced the winners of its "Reflections of Research" competition.

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12 Movies and TV Shows That Commit Crimes Against Neuroscience

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

Typographic heart and brain diagrams by Ork Posters

Typographic heart and brain diagrams by Ork Posters

Astrocytes (in red) are the most abundant cell in the brain and help support neurons (in green) by recycling old cellular byproducts and…

Astrocytes (in red) are the most abundant cell in the brain and help support neurons (in green) by recycling old cellular byproducts and regulating a healthy environment for neuronal function. Unlike other organs of the body where an injury results in a fibrous scar, the brain instead forms an astrocyte scar to promote neuron survival.<p><i>Image by Dr. Shelley Jacobs, McMaster University.</i>

The 10 Most Awesome College Labs Of 2013

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

How the monkey brain assimilates a virtual limb into its body map

New research reveals surprising details about the cellular basis of the rubber hand illusion<p>About a hundred years ago, the great neurologist Henry Head suggested that the brain contains maps of the body, and that these maps – which he referred to as 'schemata' – can expand to incorporate clothes, …

Reflecting on mirror neurons

The discovery of mirror neurons has been touted as one of the most important of modern neuroscience, but what exactly are these cells, and should you believe the hype?<p><i>Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most</i> …

Latest U.S. Measles Outbreak Traced To Vaccine-Skeptical Megachurch

The church ran an immunization drive afterward, but still put out some dubious claims.<p>The latest outbreak of measles in the U.S.—a preventable disease that the Western Hemisphere eradicated decades ago, thanks to vaccines—has been traced to a megachurch in Texas. The church's senior pastor, Terri …