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2012-03-29 22:19:03

The first atlas of the surface of the human brain based upon genetic information has been produced by a national team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. The atlas reveals that the cerebral cortex — the sheet of neural tissue enveloping the brain — is roughly divided into genetic divisions that differ from other brain maps based on physiology or function. The genetic atlas...

2012-03-28 23:04:18

Belkasoft develops a software toolkit, adapting commercially available brain activity analysis hardware for solving criminal cases. The new product, Belkasoft Mind Analyzer, enables the acquisition of human faces by capturing fMRI data generated by human brain cells. A dedicated facial recognition engine allows reliable identification of acquired faces against a pre-filled database, while the optional Identikit module allows building convincing facial composites. The tool runs in conjunction...

2012-03-26 23:28:00

Specialized training of complex motor skills may induce sports-specific structural changes in the human brain A new study, using brain imaging technology, reveals structural adaptations in short-track speed skaters' brains which are likely to explain their extraordinary balance and co-ordination skills. The work by Im Joo Rhyu from the Korea University College of Medicine, and colleagues, is published online in Springer's journal Cerebellum. The cerebellum in the brain plays an...

2012-03-21 21:24:47

Weill Cornell scientists say the program might help patients manage their disease Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a computer program that has tracked the manner in which different forms of dementia spread within a human brain. They say their mathematic model can be used to predict where and approximately when an individual patient's brain will suffer from the spread, neuron to neuron, of "prion-like" toxic proteins -- a process they say underlies all forms of...

2012-03-08 00:49:29

Portions of a songbird's brain that control how it sings have been shown to decay within 24 hours of the animal losing its hearing. The findings, by researchers at Duke University Medical Center, show that deafness penetrates much more rapidly and deeply into the brain than previously thought. As the size and strength of nerve cell connections visibly changed under a microscope, researchers could even predict which songbirds would have worse songs in coming days. "When hearing was lost,...

2012-02-22 12:04:02

If you are looking for a particular object – say a yellow pencil – on a cluttered desk, how does your brain work to visually locate it? For the first time, a team led by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists has identified how different neural regions communicate to determine what to visually pay attention to and what to ignore. This finding is a major discovery for visual cognition and will guide future research into visual and attention deficit disorders. The study,...

2012-02-07 23:10:24

Innovative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques that can measure changes in the microstructure of the white matter likely to affect brain function and the ability of different regions of the brain to communicate are presented in an article in the groundbreaking new neuroscience journal Brain Connectivity, a bimonthly peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.. The article is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/brain Brain function depends on the ability of...

2012-02-02 07:44:24

Over the first few years of life, human cognition continues to develop, soaking up information and experiences from the environment and far surpassing the abilities of even our nearest primate relatives. In a study published online today in Genome Research, researchers have identified extended synaptic development in the human brain relative to other primates, a finding that sheds new light on the biology and evolution of human cognition. "Why can we absorb environmental information during...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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