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Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Tulsa Public Radio | 
Our guest on [Studio Tulsa] is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at, which is the professional division of ...
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Symphony of scents: Why do flowers smell different from rotting fish?

Scientific American | 
In the deep recesses of the nose are millions of sensory neurons that, along with our eyes and ears, help ...

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ with neural activity of pre-term infants could boost brain, disease research

Scientific American | 
Scientists have been trying to grow human organs—including kidneys, livers, skin and guts—from scratch well over a decade. These “organoids” are not ...
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Taming immune system after stroke could reduce risk of brain damage

Scientific American | 
The pathology of a stroke is deceptively complicated. In the simplest sense, strokes occur when the blood supply to a ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

Scientific American | 
A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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‘Glioblastoma-on-a-chip’ could boost efforts to treat deadliest human cancer

Scientific American | 
The most common form of malignant brain cancer—called a glioblastoma—is notoriously wily and considered the deadliest human cancer. … [R]esearchers ...
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‘Risky decisions’ and why our brains make it so easy for us to gamble

Scientific American | 
A new study by a team from Johns Hopkins University appears to have identified a region of the brain that plays a ...

Here’s one of the reasons obese people have trouble losing weight

Scientific American | 
Obesity rates in the U.S. and abroad have soared: The world now has more overweight people than those who weigh ...
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How heritable is autism? Twins research suggests we may be vastly underestimating it

Spectrum | 
An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers ...

Unique mix of brain chemicals separates humans from other primates

Scientific American | 
A team of researchers has now used a novel technique to form a hypothesis on the origins of our rich ...
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Does ‘mindfulness’ make you healthier? Scientific data ‘woefully lacking’

Scientific American | 
The concept of mindfulness involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. This can mean awareness of your ...

Nex-gen technologies expand sequencing options for doctors

Wired | 
Genetic data has gone the way of fast food: It's cheap, speedy, and widely available. And that's a good thing, ...

Can mindfulness meditation protect your DNA?

Scientific American | 
“I think, therefore I am” is perhaps the most familiar one-liner in western philosophy. Even if the stoners, philosophers and ...
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