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Frontal Lobe May Not Be Key To Intelligence After All
2013-05-14 08:56:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The frontal lobes are not disproportionately larger compared to other regions of the brain, suggesting other areas of the brain may play a role in humans´ unique cognitive abilities, according to new research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers from Durham University and Reading University compared the size of the frontal lobes — regions of a...

Scientists Look At How The Brain Compensates For Speed
2013-05-08 18:47:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California in Berkeley have finally pinpointed the area of the brain responsible for not only seeing fast-moving objects, but responding to them as well. This development explains why athletes are able to react and respond to balls traveling at speeds upwards of 100 miles an hour. According to this research, our brains are capable of “pushing” fast moving objects, so we perceive...

2013-05-08 17:12:26

Virginia Tech scientists bring clarity to how most Alzheimer's drugs sharpen brain performance Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered how the predominant class of Alzheimer's pharmaceuticals might sharpen the brain's performance. One factor even more important than the size of a television screen is the quality of the signal it displays. Having a life-sized projection of Harry Potter dodging a Bludger in a Quidditch match is of little use if the...

2013-05-04 11:57:08

Mathematicians from Queen Mary, University of London will bring researchers one-step closer to understanding how the structure of the brain relates to its function in two recently published studies. Publishing in Physical Review Letters the researchers from the Complex Networks group at Queen Mary´s School of Mathematical Sciences describe how different areas in the brain can have an association despite a lack of direct interaction. The team, in collaboration with researchers in...

2013-04-17 13:29:17

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have determined the precise anatomical coordinates of a brain "hot spot," measuring only about one-fifth of an inch across, that is preferentially activated when people view the ordinary numerals we learn early on in elementary school, like "6" or "38." Activity in this spot relative to neighboring sites drops off substantially when people are presented with numbers that are spelled out ("one" instead of "1"), homophones ("won"...

LED Implants Light Up The Brain
2013-04-12 05:57:47

[ Watch the Video: Tiny Injectable LEDs Help Neuroscientists Study the Brain ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have developed a new class of tiny, injectable devices that are helping neuroscientists unlock the mysteries of the human brain. The ultrathin, flexible optoelectronic devices, which include LEDs the size of individual neurons, are an exciting advancement in the field of optogenetics, a new area of neuroscience that uses light to...

All About CLARITY: Scientists Develop See-Through Brain
2013-04-11 08:22:08

WATCH VIDEO: [3D Analysis Of Intact Mouse Hippocampus] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A multidisciplinary team from Stanford University School of Medicine has combined neuroscience and chemical engineering to develop a process that renders a mouse brain transparent, no slicing required. Not sliced or sectioned in any way, the postmortem brain remains whole with its 3D complexity of fine wiring and molecular structure completely intact and able to be measured using...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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