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Alzheimer’s: Age is But a Number

Alzheimer’s: Age is But a Number

In a new study at the Yale School of Public Health, a correlation between negative views on aging and the onset of Alzheimer’s provides a potential target for future Alzheimer’s prevention.

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Your MRI Machine Knows Who You Are: Unique “brainprints” can identify individuals

Your MRI Machine Knows Who You Are: Unique “brainprints” can identify individuals

Researchers can now identify individuals using data from their fMRI scans alone. This discovery may eventually have implications for the diagnosis of disease.

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Science or Science Fiction? Making Virtual Reality a Reality

Science or Science Fiction? Making Virtual Reality a Reality

How do you define reality? For Neo in The Matrix, this is a hard question. Born into a virtual reality system so realistic that robots use it to ensnare human society, Neo struggles to come to terms that his world

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Who’s on First?: Specialized groups of neurons encode sentence meaning

Who’s on First?: Specialized groups of neurons encode sentence meaning

Syntax is hard-wired in the brain. Steven Frankland shows that distinct groups of neurons encode answers to the question, “who did it?” and, “to whom was it done?”

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Who’s on First?

Who’s on First?

Syntax is hard-wired in the brain. Steven Frankland shows that distinct groups of neurons encode answers to the question, “who did it?” and, “to whom was it done?”

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Promising Protein Illuminates Complexities of Neurons

Promising Protein Illuminates Complexities of Neurons

ArcLight, a protein that serves as a fluorescent tag for genes and that can be used to monitor the action potentials of neurons, offers a new way for scientists to understand how nerve cells operate and communicate. Traditionally, calcium sensors

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Science or Science Fiction? Telepathy and Mind Control

Science or Science Fiction? Telepathy and Mind Control

By recording the brain signals of one person in India with a computer system, converting them into electrical brain stimulations, and relaying them to recipients in France, one research team developed a noninvasive method of brain-to-brain communication.

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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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