Neuroscience

  1. longfin inshore squid
    Genetics

    Squid edit their genetic material in a uniquely weird place

    Some squids’ seeming ability to edit RNA on the fly could help scientists develop a technique much like the DNA-editing tool CRISPR, but for RNA.

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  2. artificial neural network illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    An AI that mimics how mammals smell recognizes scents better than other AI

    An artificial intelligence modeled after the neural circuitry in mammalian brains can keep learning new aromas without forgetting others.

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  3. EEG electrodes on the heads of three different people
    Science & Society

    New electrodes can better capture brain waves of people with natural hair

    Electrodes weren’t designed for people with thick, curly hair. A redesign is needed, says engineer Pulkit Grover.

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  4. sheep
    Neuroscience

    Brain waves common during sleep also show up in awake sheep

    Sleep spindles, thought to help solidify memories in people, may do similar work during wakefulness if these daytime ripples occur in humans.

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  5. Cutting up live human brain tissue
    Neuroscience

    Living brain tissue experiments raise new kinds of ethical questions

    An ethicist describes the quandaries raised by working with tissue involved in human awareness.

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  6. microglia and nerve cells
    Neuroscience

    Brain cells called microglia eat away mice’s memories

    Immune cells that eliminate connections between nerve cells may be one way that the brain forgets.

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  7. illustration of blood vessels
    Neuroscience

    Injecting nanoparticles in the blood curbed brain swelling in mice

    Nanoparticles divert inflammation-causing cells away from the brain after a head injury, a mouse study shows.

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  8. patient receiving chemotherapy
    Neuroscience

    Psilocybin may help cancer patients with depression and anxiety for years

    A study hints that a hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms could reshape how people cope with hard diagnoses over the long term.

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  9. Alzheimer's patients
    Health & Medicine

    How one woman became the exception to her family’s Alzheimer’s history

    A single mutation in a woman who evaded Alzheimer’s may point to new ways to treat the disease.

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  10. Cat on grass
    Neuroscience

    A parasite that makes mice unafraid of cats may quash other fears too

    The parasite Toxoplasma gondii can mess with all sorts of mice behaviors and make the rodents fearless in many situations.

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  11. noir film scene
    Neuroscience

    Mice watching film noir show the surprising complexity of vision cells

    Only about 10 percent of mice’s vision cells behaved as researchers expected they would, a study finds.

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  12. amyloid
    Health & Medicine

    A once-scrapped Alzheimer’s drug may work after all, new analyses suggest

    An antibody that targets Alzheimer’s sticky protein amyloid showed promise in slowing mental decline, according to the company that’s developing it.

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