First ever brain-to-brain interface created


It’s a first for neuroscience, scientists have created an electronic link between the brains of two rats.  They demonstrated that signals from the mind of one can help the second solve basic puzzles in real time — even when those animals are separated by thousands of miles.




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How human enhancement will impact the future of work

The term ‘human enhancement’ encompasses a range of approaches that may be used to improve aspects of human function.

The Royal Society looks at Human enhancement and the future of work. The project explored potential enhancements arising from advances in science and engineering that are likely to impact on the future of work.



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How diet affects brain function revealed in studies

Your brain on food

New studies just released explore the neurological component of dietary disorders, uncovering evidence that the brain’s biological mechanisms may contribute to significant public health challenges — obesity, diabetes, binge eating, and the allure of the high-calorie meal. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.



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Neuroscience could assist soldiers in the future


Neuroscience in future military conflict, on the cutting edge of medical science should remember that their work could have other, more harmful uses.

It sounds like science fiction warfare.  But directed energy weapons that use wave beams to cause pain, and electrical brain stimulation that boosts a soldier’s combat ability are advances in neuroscience are on the horizon.

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Stunning Details of Brain Connections Revealed

Visual reconstruction of synapses in the mouse somatosensory cortex

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, applying a state-of-the-art imaging system to brain-tissue samples from mice, have been able to quickly and accurately locate and count the myriad connections between nerve cells in unprecedented detail, as well as to capture and catalog those connections’ surprising variety.

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Natural Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury Uncovered

Now improvement can be seen by 6 months

A study led by researchers in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows unexpected and extensive natural recovery after spinal cord injury in primates.

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Delicate Balance in the Way Your Brain Controls Fear

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Fear begins in your brain

The eerie music in the movie theater swells; the roller coaster crests and begins its descent; something goes bump in the night. Suddenly, you’re scared: your heart thumps, your stomach clenches, your throat tightens, your muscles freeze you in place.

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Phantom Images Stored in Flexible Network Throughout Brain

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The brain can compensate for some memory loss

Brain research over the past 30 years has shown that if a part of the brain controlling movement or sensation or language is lost because of a stroke or injury, other parts of the brain can take over the lost function — often as well as the region that was lost.

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Our Brains Wiring For Attention!

Some demand a little more attention than others

University of Utah (U of U) medical researchers have uncovered a wiring diagram that shows how the brain pays attention to visual, cognitive, sensory, and motor cues. The research provides a critical foundation for the study of abnormalities in attention that can be seen in many brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder.

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Babies Brain’s Crazy Unconscious Activity

If only this were the case in America

Full-term babies are born with a key collection of networks already formed in their brains, according to new research that challenges some previous theories about the brain’s activity and how the brain develops.

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Men and Women Do Think Alike After All

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Researchers are still asking questions that appear to be inspired by old-fashioned male-female stereotypes (as portrayed in Mad Men).

Some days the opposite sex seems so different, you can almost believe that they come from another planet.  Indeed, the theory that we are all hard-wired by our gender has proved so popular that a book on the subject, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, became an international best-seller.


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