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“Green” neuroscience scientists say time to revise research protocols

Ann Lam delicately places a laboratory slide holding a slice of brain from a living human onto a small platform ...

Human brain naturally favors generosity over greed

DAVID GREENE, HOST: This is the season for giving. But you might wonder what motivates us to be generous. Do ...

Anti-corporatism envelops local food movement

If your idea of a locavore is a slow-foodie-body-inscribed-lefty type who’s disdainful of big corporations and ready to Occupy, you ...

Does neuroscience need to revise how it looks at the brain?

How much of our brain do we actually need? A number of stories have appeared in the news in recent ...

Why we see faces in inanimate objects

Most people are obsessed with faces. We see faces everywhere, even in things that are most definitely not faces. The most ...

Can your dog really understand what you’re saying?

Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But in our study, however, we’ve found that he ...

How did humans learn to speak? Ask the birds

Songbirds stutter, babble when young, become mute if parts of their brains are damaged, learn how to sing from their ...

What will the future of brain science bring?

The more scientists learn about the brain, the more questions arise and the more challenging the quest to understand human ...

Who controls your actions: you or your brain?

Imagine that Brian promises to drive you to the airport but never shows up, and you miss your flight. When ...
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Alcohol in moderation good for you? Accepted wisdom may not be wise and other myth-busting alcohol truisms

A few simple mutations seem to protect some people against alcohol abuse. But mostly the relationship between genes and alcohol's ...
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Bee-gate: European IUCN task force mired in corruption scandal over neonics ban plot

The European-based IUCN Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides consists of activist scientists that exploit the weaknesses in the peer review process, ...
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Genetic information: How much to share, how much to keep private in age of Big Data

Genetics and computational biology are evolving so quickly that it’s impossible to predict the medical answers that they’ll reveal in ...
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Tired? Biological clock out of whack? Blame genes and epigenetics

We spend a third of our life asleep, so getting it right is important. Researchers probing our daily biological clock—our ...

Dangers of exaggerating premature scientific findings

In 2011, Petroc Sumner of Cardiff University and his colleagues published a brain imaging study with a provocative result: Healthy men ...

Seeing dragons? Woman’s strange condition that baffled neurologists

Here’s the medical case report in The Lancet: Prosopometamorphopsia and facial hallucinations from a team of researchers including the famous Oliver Sacks ...
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Slowing the aging process: How the Mediterranean diet preserves your chromosomal telomeres

People who stick closely to a Mediterranean diet were found to have longer telomeres—a biomarker of aging found at the ...
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DNA of Niemann-Pick disease victims might offer clues in finding Ebola cure

Niemann-Pick is a debilitating disease that retards movement and development of an infants ability to think and reason, as if ...

Researchers challenge prominent theory on link between psychiatric disorders and genes

An important new study could undermine the concept of ‘endophenotypes’ – and thus derail one of the most promising lines ...
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Warrior genes? Genetic screens for “evil” traits likely to remain science fiction, at least for now

The idea that people who are might commit a crime can be identified in advance of any wrong doing has ...

Mice with human brain cells smarter than peers

What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the ...
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Neuroscience: What’s going on in your brain when you read Harry Potter?

When reading about Harry Potter's adventures fighting Lord Voldemort or flying around the Quidditch field on his broomstick, we can ...
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Of mice and men: Comparing genetics raises new questions about reliability of rodent studies

The laboratory mouse really lies at the foundation of numerous life science studies, but is it an appropriate model in ...
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Teens’ brains: Social processing fails when they hear mom’s criticism

We all know that teen-parent relations can be a tricky business. Now neuroscientists from several leading US universities think they’ve ...

Petri dish spinal cord grown from stem cells

Most efforts to grow tissues and organs rely on biodegradable scaffolds. When ‘seeded’ with a patient’s stem cells, these scaffolds ...

Your dog’s body language shows whether he hears your command

If you are worried that your dog is not paying attention to what you are saying simply look at where ...

Electrotherapy appears to have benefits, but how does it affect the brain?

Stimulating the brain with electricity improves working memory, mental maths,focused attention, creativity and could help treat depression. You can even ...

Genome of worm removed from man’s brain mapped

For many years, a Chinese man in the U.K. experienced a range of debilitating neurological symptoms with no understood origin--including ...

Applying neuroscience to poverty may do more harm than good

The idea that poverty can change the brain has gotten significant attention recently, and not just from those lay readers ...
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