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synapses
2014-12-26 13:51:56

Swiss scientists were able to track the chemical signals neurons send to each across junctions called synapses by using a combination of genetic and light techniques – called “optogenetics”.

smartphone thumbs
2014-12-24 09:08:17

Scientists of the future might look back on the 21st century as a pivotal moment in the evolution of the human thumb.

forgetful
2014-12-23 21:01:10

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that a drug used to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) called riluzole can prevent cognitive decline in lab rats, and could lead to effective treatments in humans.

David Glanzman
2014-12-19 15:08:49

The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

cannabis-based medicine
2014-12-18 09:48:58

The new treatment is known as Epidiolex, and it does not contain the ingredient responsible for creating the high associated with recreational marijuana use.

robotic arm
2014-12-17 12:08:20

Engineers from the University of Pittsburgh have successfully developed a system that allowed a woman to maneuver a robotic arm in ten different directions by only using her thought.

2014-12-15 16:25:11

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nevro Corp.

2014-12-15 12:26:06

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kids and sugar
2014-12-15 05:24:18

Obese children may crave more sugar than other children, according to new research that demonstrates that the reward centers of their brains are stimulated more intensely when exposed to sweet foods.

Wireless brain sensor
2014-12-09 03:00:16

Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis. In the journal Neuron, scientists describe a wireless brain-sensing system to acquire high-fidelity neural data during animal behavior experiments.


Latest Brain Reference Libraries

Cerebellum
2013-07-29 09:48:00

The cerebellum is a section of the brain that is most in charge of cognitive functions and motor skills. Formation and Orientation The cerebellum can be found at the bottom of the brain behind the pons and below that cerebral cortex under a layer of dura mater. It is considered as a part of the "hindbrain". The cerebellum is anatomically divided into two separate hemispheres, marked by the 'vermis', a small midline zone between the left and right hemispheres. But three lobes can be...

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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