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This Neuroscientist Says He'll Do a Human Head Transplant Very Soon

An Italian neuroscientist who has been advocating for head transplants now wants to make one actually happen. He'll be announcing a project at a …

Immune System

Measuring This Brain Region Could Predict Depression And Anxiety Years Before It Hits

We all encounter challenges and obstacles in life, such as divorce, death, illness and unemployment. But while some people are highly resilient and able to cope with these stresses, others struggle deeply, and may experience anxiety and depression as a result.<p>So why is it that some of us thrive in …

Microsoft's HoloLens fuses the virtual world with the real

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: left;"/>For the second time in as many months I feel like …

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Medicine

Thync Will Zap You in the Mood: New Wearable Headset Will Hack Your Brain in Fifteen Minutes

Tap your smartphone and zap your head.<p>That’s right, there’s a new mood-changing headset that just hit the market and it’s proven to perk you up, keep …

A neurobiological enquiry into the origins of our experience of the sublime and beautiful

Introduction<p>When Edmund Burke (1757) published <i>A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful</i>, of which our title …

Elastic implant 'restores movement' in paralysed rats

<b>An elastic implant that moves with the spinal cord can restore the ability to walk in paralysed rats, say scientists.</b><p>Implants are an exciting field of research in spinal cord injury, but rigid designs damage surrounding tissue and ultimately fail.<p>A team at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne …

Breakthrough Quantum Hard Drive Holds Data 100 Times Longer

Storing data in a state of quantum entanglement could hold enormous promise for securing our online information, but right now we can only maintain …

Quantum Physics

Apira Science's iGrow: lasers in the service of ending baldness

For men and women who are losing their hair<p>"We have peer-reviewed science!" says Jeff Braile, the president of Apira Science's medical device division the moment I walked up to their booth at CES. Clearly he was familiar with my oeuvre.<p>The company's iGrow laser therapy was approved by the US Food …

Serotonin map of brain could lead to better targeted antidepressants

Researchers hope to discover how the activity of serotonin in the brain is involved in different mental illnesses<p>Research that aims to map the activity of serotonin in the brain could revolutionise the use of antidepressants and behavioural therapy for people with mental illnesses.<p>The …

Depression

Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks

The “neuroscience” shelves in bookshops are groaning. But are the works of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer just self-help books …

Brain activity decoded to play back heard words

The brain's representation of speech can be read out, decoded and reconstructed to play back words that a person is hearing, reports a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. Brian Pasley and his colleagues recorded neural representations of speech sounds directly from the …

Top 5 Neuroscience Discoveries of 2014 | Inc.com

In 2014, neuroscience leapt out of the research laboratories and became an integral part of how we think (literally) about business. Here are the discoveries and insights that have changed the workplace over the past year:<p>Your brain uses words to interpret events. Therefore, the words that you …

Researchers use optogenetics to trigger REM sleep in mice

Getting enough of the right kind of sleep is crucial for keeping both body and mind healthy. Now a team of researchers at MIT has moved a step closer …

Mind over matter, the brain alone can tone muscle

ATHENS, Ohio, Dec. 24 (UPI) — New research suggests muscles respond to simple thoughts of exercise; simply imagining exercise can trick the muscles …

Muscle

Sleep's memory role discovered

<b>The mechanism by which a good night's sleep improves learning and memory has been discovered by scientists.</b><p>The team in China and the US used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells - synapses - forming during sleep.<p>Their study, published in the journal Science, showed …

When will man become machine?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1128000/1128605_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524637653_faa8bed61f092214c9660a83097ead47<p><b>"I think the development of full artificial intelligence [AI] could spell the end of the human race."</b><p>Professor Stephen Hawking's verdict …

Smartphone use 'changing our brains'

<b>Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.</b><p>The scientists used something called electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity.<p>They found distinct differences between smartphone users and people who used …

Why are scientists trying to map every single neuron in the brain?

Researchers around the world are engaged in a massively difficult project to map the entire human brain. And recently, they have been reporting some promising advances.<p>The ultimate goal is to chart the locations of the roughly 85 billion neurons in the brain, their roughly 100 trillion connections, …

Alzheimer's Patients May Someday Be Able to Regain Lost Memories

A new study indicates that patients in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's might be able to regain memories previously thought to be permanently …

Researchers from Genetech have developed a new way to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier.

Researchers from Genetech have developed a new way to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier. The new technique — not to be confused with …

Neuroscience

How your brain actually makes decisions while you sleep

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove that our brains don’t completely switch off from our …

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

<b>A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.</b><p>The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair …

Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene

Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique ability to produce and …

Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

<b>The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows.</b><p>The study suggests some people recruit extra nerve power to help maintain their ability to think.<p>Scientists hope the findings could shed light on why only some …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Brain Hacking Is Having Incredible Effects And It's Just Getting Started

And this just scratches the surface in terms of what we might be able to do to improve cognition as our understanding of the brain improves. With an implanted chip, the possibilities might be close to limitless.<p>Researchers think that as we learn more about the brain, we'll be able to use …

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …