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Op-Ed: Babies prewired to read — Evolutionary adaption at top speed?

Columbus - The idea of adaptive evolution is pretty simple. It just got a bit more complex with the finding that newborn babies arrive fully equipped to learn to read. This is truly fascinating new science, and very important.

Op-Ed: Graphene fibres to replace pharmaceuticals? It’s happening

Wollongong - Spun graphene fibres are coming to deal with diabetes, heart disease and more, and they’re totally non-toxic. These things seem to be ideal for chronic diseases.

Study: Alligators on ketamine and headphones to mimic dinosaurs

Bethesda - A science studies go the headline comes across as one of the most bizarre: alligators given ketamine and fitted with headphones. The reason for this unusual practice was to assess how dinosaurs might have perceived the direction of sounds.

Op-Ed: Evil may stem from the brain, not the heart says engineer Special

When bad things happen it's common to have a pity party and exclaim, "why me!" But on a much more contemplative note when looking upon world events, most people will ask "why did this evil happen?"

Is Alzheimer's disease associated with loneliness?

New research, based on small sample of adults, indicates that cortical amyloid levels in the brain a marker of preclinical Alzheimer disease has an associated with self-reported loneliness.

Human cold virus linked to neurological conditions

Major respiratory viruses in the coronavirus family, like the one responsible for the common cold, as well as being dangerous respiratory pathogens, can cause lasting neurological diseases, according to new research.

Revealed: How social media influences the brains of teenagers

A new research study, looking at the brains of teenagers who use social media regularly, has found that the responses in the brain to things like Instagram likes is similar to eating chocolate or other "pleasure responses."

Are brainwaves unique to each person?

People can be differentiated through their fingerprints and retinal scans. However, what about brainwaves? Binghamton University neuroscientists seem to think so.

Op-Ed: Scary, and proven — ‘Brainprints’ are unique for everyone

New York - New studies have shown that human brains, like fingerprints, voices and facial characteristics, are unique, and identifiable. A computer has successfully identified 50 brains from checking samples of their reactions.

Studying neurological diseases by making mini-brains

To speed up the process of studying neurological diseases, and to investigate novel treatments, researchers are creating "mini-brains" in the laboratory. These are composed of the neurons and cells found in the human brain.

Male and female brains are a myth

It is sometimes part of the popular lexicon to sometimes speak of a "male brain" or a "female brain," drawing in on gender-role stereotypes. Scientifically there is no such thing, as a new study demonstrates.

Oliver Sacks, best-selling author and neurologist, dies at 82

New York - Renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who explored the mysteries of the human brain in a series of best-selling books, died Sunday at age 82.

Neuroimages emblazon Times Square

New York - A movie that showcases stunning images of brain structures lit up New York City billboards for three minutes each night during November, taken central stage at Times Square. The video is now available for all to view on Vimeo.

Op-Ed: Using human brain cells to smarten up the mouse

The Journal of Neuroscience reports that brain cells from one animal species can be transplanted into that of another species and thrive. With an extent and relative rapidity, implanted human brain cells can actually take over the brains of mice.

Study maps how brain processes fear

A study published in the journal Brain and Cognition, coming from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows how brain activity occurs when a subject experiences fear.

European human brain project officials respond to criticisms

Officials behind the European brain mapping effort have taken steps to tackle concerns voiced about the project from the scientific community.

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.

Immunology pioneer dies

Gerald Edelman, who broke new ground in two distinct fields of life science: immunology and neurology, has passed away at age 84.

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.

Artist turns your brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures

A New York artist has made an astronomical technological breakthrough. Ion Pompian, located in a gallery six floors above Broadway has developed a tool that turns people’s brainwaves into 3D-printed sculptures.

Map of foetus brain holds promise for disease research

Paris - Researchers unveiled a high-resolution "map" Wednesday of gene activity in a human foetus brain, which they said should lead to better understanding of developmental disorders such as autism.

New finding about autism (video)

Abnormal cellular layering has been found within the brains of children with autism. This points to inappropriate development prenatally, according to new research.

U.S. and Europe get their heads together

Europe and the U.S. have launched a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain and nervous system.

Breast cancer gene linked to brain development

The breast cancer-associated gene BRCA1 appears to play a protective role in neural stem cells, a new mouse study has found.

Monkey experiment 'could lead to paralysis cure'

Paris - Scientists working on a paralysis cure said on Tuesday they had demonstrated how a monkey can use only its thoughts, transferred by electrodes, to manipulate a sleeping fellow primate's arm to do its bidding.The lab experiment, in which a fully sedated...

Speech requires both sides of brain

Paris - Humans need both sides of their brain for speech, according to a study Wednesday that could rewrite therapy for people verbally impaired by a stroke.

Caffeine stirs memory: study

Paris - A jolt of caffeine can boost memory, according to a study published Sunday that provides a scientific motive for students slurping coffee, tea or energy drinks when cramming for exams.

Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome at 103

Rome - Italian Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini died Sunday at her home in Rome at the age of 103, according to a statement from Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno. Mr. Alemanno called her death a great loss "for all of humanity."

Harvard study: Fluoridated water lowers children's IQ Special

Researchers at Harvard University recently published the results of a long-term analysis that links fluoridated water to lower IQ scores in children.

Op-Ed: Do selfish people have small minds? Physically, yes, in part

Sydney - If you’ve ever been inflicted with a really selfish person, seen the pettiness and the immaturity, “small minded” is one of the more natural, if much too polite, descriptions. It seems selfish people actually do have a smaller part of the brain.
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