Brains

Scientists' Brains Shrank a Bit After an Extended Stay in Antarctica
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Socially isolated and faced with a persistently white polar landscape, a long-term crew of an Antarctic research station saw a portion of their brains shrink during their stay, a small study finds. From a report: “It’s very exciting to see the white desert at the beginning,” says physiologist Alexander Stahn, who began the research while […]

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Rat brains provide even more evidence our brains operates near tipping point
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Enlarge / A real human brain suspended in liquid within a human silhouette carved into acrylic, on display at the Bristol Science Centre in England. New research finds more evidence that the brain operates near a critical point. (credit: Ben Birchall/PA Images/Getty Images) The human brain doesn’t seem like it would have much in common […]

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Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains
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Enlarge / Male Angiostrongylus cantonensis (credit: Punlop Anusonpornperm) Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed three new cases in unrelated adults visiting Hawaii Island […]

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Scientists Connect the Brains of Three People, Allowing Thought-Sharing
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An anonymous reader quotes ScienceAlert: Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts — and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. It […]

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VR could trick stroke victims' brains toward recovery     – CNET
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Researchers at the University of Southern California are examining how virtual reality could promote brain plasticity and recovery.

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Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?
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Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Technology is shrinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there’s a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive in this space by fighting […]

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Why our brains lead us astray when we take things at face value
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Enlarge / Faces. (credit: Anna Carol / Flickr) The Industrial Revolution was a dizzying time. People were moving from small outposts to big cities; they were crossing borders and settling far from their roots. Society had been so much simpler for the past couple of million years, when everyone for the most part lived in […]

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Degenerative Brain Disease Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains, Says Study
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A new study published Tuesday in the journal American Medical Association found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). NPR reports: In the study, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. Nearly 88 percent of […]

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Mice’s aging brains reset to youthful state by cannabinoid
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Enlarge / Maybe that’s how Willie Nelson keeps performing at 84. (credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images) While medical marijuana has been promoted as a treatment for a variety of ailments, finding anyone who promotes it as a memory boost is rare. Yet a German-Israeli team of researchers has just published a paper suggesting that […]

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