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The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The nervous system is built on a tight schedule. Scientists investigated this neurological clock in zebrafish, bringing us closer to a complete picture of brain development.

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How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

Through months of a squirrel’s cold slumber, neurons generate their own heat to keep functioning. Our cover story explains this feat of the nervous system and explores what it might mean for humans.

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Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Uplifting animals, or endowing animals with near-human intelligence, is a concept that has been explored by science fiction writers and movie producers. But real world scientists are interested, too. New research suggests that genetic and neurological modifications could enhance animals’ intelligence.

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Television Review: Sleepless in America

Television Review: Sleepless in America

As workload increases and artificial lights abound, Americans are expected to work around-the-clock, depriving themselves of one of the body’s most vital needs: sleep. The National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America elaborates on the detrimental health consequences provoked by lack of sleep and provides compelling arguments for why we should put in the extra effort to rest at least six to eight hours per night.

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Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

A search to answer the question “why can’t we tickle ourselves?” leads to a surprising insight into the human brain.

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School of Medicine Study Reveals Crucial Role of Interneurons in Tourette’s Syndrome

School of Medicine Study Reveals Crucial Role of Interneurons in Tourette’s Syndrome

Professor Christopher Pittenger has revealed that interneurons are implicated in the development of Tourette’s Syndrome, a debilitating condition that causes uncontrollable tics in patients.

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Thinking Lab Investigates Clinician Empathy in the Context of Mental Illness

Thinking Lab Investigates Clinician Empathy in the Context of Mental Illness

Modernization of mental healthcare has shifted patient information from purely psychosocial to more heavily biological. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the Yale Thinking Lab suggests that psychosocial explanations for mental illness actually elicit greater clinician empathy, and might thus be more effective after all.

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Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

Q&A: What Causes Happy Tears?

People have accepted tears of joy as commonplace for years, but Yale postdoctoral associate Oriana Aragón seeks to understand the science behind them.

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Bzzzzzz: The Bee’s Need for Sleep

Bzzzzzz: The Bee’s Need for Sleep

Sleep has previously been shown to consolidate memory and learning. Researchers have observed the same phenomenon in honey bees, and the necessity for sleep is especially apparent in social creatures.

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A Controversial Chemical: Yale study investigates the cognitive effects of BPA

A Controversial Chemical: Yale study investigates the cognitive effects of BPA

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is in almost every part of our modern world, but we know relatively little about the effects that this chemical has on our cognitive functions. Recent findings from a team led by Dr. John Elsworth suggest that BPA may affect our working memory

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