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Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The big money has moved from developing psychiatric drugs to manipulating our brain networks<p>The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness …

Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study

Sleep is already known to boost our brains' ability to learn and remember -- and now, a new study actually <i>demonstrates</i> this ability.<p>Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a number of tones to study participants as they slept during the night. After playing each tone, the …

Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born”

<b>A new study of the brain of a maths supremo supports Darwin’s belief that intellectual excellence is largely due to “zeal and hard work” rather than</b> …

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 …

Matter over mind: scientists begin to observe and manipulate memories

New techniques could help with neurological disease, but how far should they go?<p>If we had the technology to rewire our brains to help remember certain things and forget others, it could help millions of people struggling with neurological conditions, from Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress …

Robot steers needles to clean out brain clots - Futurity

VANDERBILT (US) — Engineers are building an surgical system that uses steerable needles to penetrate …

Fujitsu supercomputer simulates 1 second of brain activity

Harnessing more than 82,000 processors on the world's fourth-ranked supercomputer, scientists run an experiment that represents 1 percent of human brain activity.<p>Is it really possible to simulate the human brain on a computer? AI researchers have been investigating that question for decades, but …

Brain Activity

12 Movies and TV Shows That Commit Crimes Against Neuroscience

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Brain scan predicts best therapy for depression

Researchers find first potential biomarker for guiding treatment choice.<p>A simple brain scan may offer a way to predict which people being treated for …

The Brain

‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ Scientists Link Brain Cell Types to Behavior

<b>The activity of two specific neuron types correlates with foraging decisions in mice.</b><p>You are sitting on your couch flipping through TV channels …

Neuron growth in children 'leaves no room for memories'

<b>The reason we struggle to recall memories from our early childhood is down to high levels of neuron production during the first years of life, say Canadian researchers.</b><p>The formation of new brain cells increases the capacity for learning but also clears the mind of old memories.<p>This could be behind …

The Brain

How stress and depression can shrink the brain

Major depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes to both emotional and cognitive impairment. Now …

Snow line in space hints at planets' birth - Futurity

U. VIRGINIA (US) — A snow line has been imaged for the first time in …

Alzheimer's pathways could offer drug targets - Futurity

COLUMBIA (US) — Researchers have identified key molecular pathways that lead to late-onset Alzheimer’s, the …

Faster Forward, Together

How Can You Use Digital Marketing To Your Existing Customers? <i>bookmark_border</i> Kevin Layton<p>Marketers love their customers. So much so that they want …

A History Of Times The World Didn't End [Infographic]

Haha, now you probably feel pretty silly, 20th-century Apocalypse predictors.<p>Hello! If you're reading this, and you are not an alien race that has extinguished humanity, then the apocalypse hasn't happened yet. In which case, everyone in the infographic you see here was wrong.<p>Information design …

New Dwarf Lemur Species Discovered in Madagascar

A new species of dwarf lemur has been discovered in Madagascar. The Lavasoa dwarf lemur was initially assigned to the species <i>Cheirogaleus crossleyi</i>. …

Astronomer casts new light on the search for alien life

Nasa researcher Geoff Marcy moves from Kepler mission to solving the big question: are we alone?<p>In the field of planet hunting, Geoff Marcy is a star. The astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley found nearly three-quarters of the first 100 planets discovered outside our solar system. …

This Voice-Activated Organizing Robot Makes Sure You'll Never Lose A Screw

Danh Trinh built StorageBot to keep track of easily lost workshop parts. Even better, it responds to the sound of his voice.<p>Over 25 years, Danh Trinh had amassed thousands of screws, hinges, and other parts in his workshop. He filed them away in labeled drawers, but locating them still wasn't easy. …

Hero Shrew Found, One of “Most Bizarre Animals on Earth”

<b>Watch out, Mighty Mouse: Scientists have found a new species of shrew with incredible strength.</b><p>Dubbed Thor’s hero shrew after the brawny god of strength in Norse mythology, <i>Scutisorex thori</i> is one of the most bizarre animals on Earth thanks to its supertough, interlocking spine, according to Bill …

Marijuana Affects Autism? Study Links the Two, But Comes to No Definite Conclusions

Researchers published a study looking into how marijuana affects autism.<p>The study took two sets of mice and looked at how the main cell mutations …

Good News For Flexible Electronics: Scientists Invent A Stretchy Gold Conductor

A new nanoparticle material conducts electricity even when stretched to twice its original length.<p>A team of scientists at the University of Michigan has discovered that when stretched to their limits, gold nanoparticles embedded into elastic material self-assemble into conductive pathways. The …

Combo scan offers better view of brain activity - Futurity

U. NOTTINGHAM (UK) — Neuroscientists have combined two techniques for measuring brain signals to map …