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Thank goodness for your spinal cord on icy treks! In a recent study, professor Martyn Goulding and his colleagues explain that when we need to keep our balance on slick surfaces such as ice, there is a cluster of neurons in our spinal cords, which serve as a sort of “mini-brain.”
Scientists from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Columbia University in New York have discovered the circuitry in the brain that regulates thirst in mice.
Among violent offenders, psychopaths have the highest rate of recidivism, and a new study has found a potential reason for this: the brain of a psychopath may not be wired to understand punishment.
A study of nine former National Football League players has found that concussions suffered during their careers may be responsible for memory loss and mood issues experienced decades after they retired.
The timing of electrical pulse spikes in our brains as we sense something could lead to scientists imitating the brain's language to restore senses.
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Global research alliance ENIGMA finds 8 common gene mutations leading to brain age in over 30,000 brain scans that may one day unlock mysteries of Alzheimer's, autism and other neurological disorders
Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the earliest primates, Purgatorius, was a small, rodent-like mammal thought to have lived along forest floors after the extinction of the dinosaurs. However, a new study – based on the creatures’ ankle bones from researchers at Yale University – has found that these "proto-primates" actually lived in trees. Researchers had suspected that Purgatorius lived in trees at one point, but thought they started out on the ground....
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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...
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...
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...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.