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Highways Of The Brain
2012-06-18 15:34:49

A new study proposes a communication routing strategy for the brain that mimics the American highway system, with the bulk of the traffic leaving the local and feeder neural pathways to spend as much time as possible on the longer, higher-capacity passages through an influential network of hubs, the so-called rich club. The study, published this week online in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involves researchers from Indiana University and the...

Not All Brain Regions Are Created Equal
2011-11-02 04:41:03

Just as the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought more attention to financial disparities between the haves and have-nots in American society, researchers from Indiana University and the University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands are highlighting the disproportionate influence of so called "Rich Clubs" within the human brain. Not all regions of the brain, they say, are created equal. "We've known for a while that the brain has some regions that are 'rich' in the sense of...

2008-07-01 12:01:09

A U.S.-Swiss team of scientists say they've created the first complete high-resolution map of the neural fibers in the human brain's cerebral cortex. The team said its findings identified a single network core, or hub, that might be key to the workings of both hemispheres of the brain. Researchers from Indiana University, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne; and the Harvard Medical School say their study marks a major step in...

Word of the Day
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'