Neuroscience

  1. Health & Medicine

    Extra fingers, often seen as useless, can offer major dexterity advantages

    Two people born with six fingers on each hand can control the extra digit, using it to do tasks better than five-fingered hands, a study finds.

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  2. person dreaming
    Neuroscience

    A new experiment didn’t find signs of dreaming in brain waves

    Brain activity that powers dreams may reveal crucial insight into consciousness, but a new study failed to spot evidence of the neural flickers.

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  3. girl writing on chalkboard
    Health & Medicine

    Being bilingual is great. But it may not boost some brain functions

    A large study of U.S. bilingual children didn’t turn up obvious benefits in abilities to ignore distractions or switch quickly between tasks.

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  4. teen jail
    Health & Medicine

    A cognitive neuroscientist warns that the U.S. justice system harms teen brains

    The U.S. justice system holds adolescents to adult standards, and puts young people in situations that harm their development, a researcher argues.

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  5. number sense
    Artificial Intelligence

    A new AI acquired humanlike ‘number sense’ on its own

    A new artificial intelligence seems to share our intuitive ability to estimate numbers at a glance.

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  6. neurons
    Artificial Intelligence

    An AI used art to control monkeys’ brain cells

    Art created by an artificial intelligence exacts unprecedented control over nerve cells tied to vision in monkey brains, and could lead to new neuroscience experiments.

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  7. older person with dementia
    Health & Medicine

    A mysterious dementia that mimics Alzheimer’s gets named LATE

    An underappreciated form of dementia that causes memory trouble in older people gets a name: LATE.

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  8. grid of electrodes
    Health & Medicine

    A neural implant can translate brain activity into sentences

    With electrodes in the brain, scientists translated neural signals into speech, which could someday help the speechless speak.

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  9. Planetary Science

    Readers ponder Opportunity’s future, animal consciousness and more

    Readers had questions about NASA’s Opportunity rover, pollen shapes and more.

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  10. anxious child
    Psychology

    When anxiety happens as early as preschool, treatments can help

    Researchers are seeking ways to break the link between preschool worries and adult anxiety.

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  11. kratom supplements
    Neuroscience

    The herbal supplement kratom comes with risks

    The supplement kratom can cause heart racing and agitation.

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  12. pig brain cells
    Neuroscience

    Dead pig brains bathed in artificial fluid showed signs of cellular life

    Four hours after pigs died, the animals’ brain cell activity was restored by a sophisticated artificial system.

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