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Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

The Brain

Organic Pacemaker Could Save Your Life

Scientists have reprogrammed heart cells, turning them into biological pacemakers, in a breakthrough development for cardiac treatment.<p>The technique, which has only been tested in pigs so far, initially holds out hope for infants born with heart block, a condition in which the organ’s natural …

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

U.S. Army

Why people with bipolar disorder are bigger risk-takers

Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool has shown that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding …