Topic: Brain Science

February 5, 2015 Scorpion Medicine - Toxins from scorpions could lead to new drugs for neuromuscular disorders and cardiovascular disease.
February 2, 2015 The Thirsty Brain - Neuroscientists have identified key brain circuits responsible for thirst.
January 26, 2015 Science News Roundup - A roundup of some of this week’s most interesting science news, including key genetics variants related to brain size and psychiatric disorders, leaky methane in Boston pipelines, and the genetics of longevity.
January 13, 2015 Flexible Neural Implants - A flexible neural implant could restore function to damaged spinal cords.
January 1, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Neuromorphic Chips - 2014 Science Breakthroughs of the Year: Can computers think more like people do?
December 26, 2014 Virtual Bodyswapping & Racial Bias - Virtual “bodyswapping” helps people set aside unconscious biases towards others.
December 22, 2014 Birdsong & Language Genes - Birds and humans share remarkable similarities in the expression of genes involved in vocal communication in the brain.
December 18, 2014 Smoker’s Brain Scans - Brain scans can predict a quitter’s likelihood of smoking again.
December 12, 2014 Senescent Cells - Researchers make new inroads into preventing age-related diseases.
December 11, 2014 Fructose and Hunger - Does the sugar fructose fool us into eating more calories than we need?
December 10, 2014 Learning with Age - Both younger and older people can readily learn new information, but older people have a harder time filtering out irrelevant and distracting information.
November 27, 2014 Neurosexism - Our ideas about how the anatomical differences in male and female brains explain the behaviors of men and women may be based on bias rather than science.
November 12, 2014 Scraching that Itch - Scientists have identified the cruel trick the brain plays that may explain why scratching an itch often makes it itch even more.
August 27, 2014 Elderly Sleep - Insomnia in older adults is due to a failure in brain circuitry.
August 22, 2014 Tech Roundup - A swarm of tiny robots work together to solve novel challenges.
August 15, 2014 Brain & Behavior Roundup - Marijuana may adversely affect brain development in young users.
August 11, 2014 Brain Chip - Improving computers by making them think more like humans.
August 4, 2014 Feeding Neurons - Scientists have accidentally stumbled upon specific brain cells that turn feeding behavior on and off in mice.
July 23, 2014 Domestication Syndrome - A new hypothesis ties domestication in mammals to “cute” physical features.
July 15, 2014 Bubble Brains - In stock trading simulations, people's brains indicate whether or not they'll get out before the bubble bursts.
June 30, 2014 UV Addiction - UV light may have an opiate-like effect, leading to addiction and even withdrawal symptoms.
June 18, 2014 Podcast for 18 June 2014 - CHANGING BRAINS (Encore Presentation) - Why London taxi drivers have bigger brains, how eye movements reveal what we've really seen, and why emulating the eye movements of experts produces better surgeons. And, what long-dead brains can tell us about mental illness. Also: how violent video games could be changing young men's brains.
June 11, 2014 Blue Light Dangers - Blue light, abundant in artificial lighting, LED's, and computer screens, may delay sleep and increase nighttime hunger.
May 26, 2014 Pain and Longevity - Blocking chronic pain could slow down the aging process.
May 23, 2014 Anti-Alzheimer’s Drugs - Certain antidepressant drugs may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
May 21, 2014 Musical Creativity - Musical creativity could be good for the aging brain.
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
March 27, 2014 Creative Dreaming - Dreams can be a rich source of creative ideas.
January 21, 2014 Vicarious Trauma - Observing a single traumatic event can alter the brain of a mouse.
January 1, 2014 Brain Stimulation for Eating Disorders - An experimental treatment for bulimia nervosa may help restore connections within the brain that influence eating behavior in some patients.
December 30, 2013 Music & Touch - Trained musicians are better at distinguishing between their senses than the average person.
December 24, 2013 Crows & Faces Update - Eight years later, a population of Seattle crows still holds a grudge against the face of their human capturer.
December 9, 2013 Ant Addicts - Ants may become a hot commodity in drug addiction studies.
November 21, 2013 Schizophrenia & Brain Maturation - Some mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, seem to involve overzealous brain maturation.
November 11, 2013 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
November 6, 2013 Brain Cell Barcodes - Encoding cellular proteins on a barcode could help researchers learn more about mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
November 5, 2013 Rat Casinos - Miniature “casinos” built specially for rats are helping researchers understand gambling addiction in humans.
November 4, 2013 Music in the Brain - Brain differences explain why not everyone has an ear for music.
October 17, 2013 Tracking Fastballs - To hit a fastball, a batter's brain has to predict when it'll come across the plate.
October 7, 2013 Fiction & Social Perception - Reading literary fiction, more so than other types of books, improves performance at gauging others' mental states.
September 26, 2013 Infant Synesthesia - Only a tiny fraction of adults have a condition called synesthesia, but all of us may be born with it.
September 6, 2013 Aging Brain Roundup - Researchers have found keys to aging in the brain.
August 24, 2013 Podcast for 23 August 2013 - IN THE KITCHEN - Why grapefruit and some medications don't mix. Is going gluten-free a good idea? How overeating affects the brain. And, is food coloring safe?
August 16, 2013 Drug & Nutrition Roundup - New research shows that marijuana may be harmful to adolescent brain development.
August 7, 2013 Silk Brain Implants - Silk brain implants could prevent the onset of epilepsy after brain injuries.
August 5, 2013 Chocolate Roundup - Chocolate may help protect the aging brain.
August 2, 2013 Podcast for 2 August 2013 - NATURE & HEALTH - Scientists look to the oceans for new antibiotics. The full moon affects sleep patterns. And, how paleo is the so-called "Paleo" diet? Also: How apes remember events.
July 12, 2013 Stress Roundup - The hormone estrogen is protective against chronic stress.
July 5, 2013 Mind-Reading Roundup - Brain scans can predict people's emotions.
July 2, 2013 Addiction’s Flip Side - Circuits in the brain linked to drug withdrawal's unpleasant side effects may become targets for treatment.