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Monkey Brains Reveal How We Know Which Way Is Up

These are some of the 500 images recently shown to rhesus monkeys while their brains were being monitored. None are meant to correspond to any real-world physical object, but the experimental results revealed certain cells in the object area of the brain that let us recognize up and down, and to grasp that those directions don’t move, even if our body does.

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Esther Inglis-Arkell

March 9th

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How ‘Memory Hacking’ Is Becoming a Reality

Movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception suggest it may eventually be possible to erase, modify, or even implant memories into your brain. An upcoming episode of NOVA introduces viewers to this futuristic possibility and the scientists who are trying to make it happen.

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George Dvorsky

February 9th

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Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs, with their minds. And now, DARPA’s saying scientists have found a way to do just that—without ripping open patients’ skulls.

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Bryan Lufkin

February 8th

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Our Brains Can Store 10 Times More Information Than We Thought

New research shows the brain’s memory capacity is ten times greater than previous estimates. That means it’s in the petabyte range—which puts it close to World Wide Web territory.

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George Dvorsky

January 21st

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One Way That Scientists’ Brains Are Different From Other People’s

A bizarre research study has revealed that neuroscientists are more excited at the prospect of seeing their names in prominent research journals than they are by piles of money.

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Annalee Newitz

November 22nd

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Science Finally Explains Slackers

There’s a neurological reason for apathy and laziness, according to new research. Inefficient connections between certain areas of the brain may make it harder for some people to decide to act.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

November 15th

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Scientists Have Found Fossilized Brains

Conventional wisdom says that brains don’t fossilize, but these seven fossilized brains beg to differ.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

November 9th

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Scientists Have Found Fossilized Brains

Conventional wisdom says that brains don’t fossilize, but these seven fossilized brains beg to differ.

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Kiona Smith-Strickland

November 9th

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This Intricate Digital Model of a Chunk of Brain Fires Like the Real Thing

This complex web of fibers is in fact a digital model of a small chunk of rat brain — containing 31,000 neurons, 37 million synapses and the ability to fire just like a living chunk of grey matter.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 9th

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These Balls are Mini-Brains, Ripe For Medical Research

Understanding how the brain works is important, but going hands-on to test drugs or other treatments can be difficult. Which is why a team from Brown University has created these miniature ball-shaped brains for use in the lab.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 2nd

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