RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favorite books… »8/31/15 6:40pm8/31/15 6:40pm

Video: Deep fried brain and bone marrow is a deliciously killer combo

Hamburger and fries. Spaghetti and meatballs. And brain and bone marrow... I guess? Our friend Anna Péter, from the Hungarian food blog Malackaraj, shows us how she makes deep fried brain and bone marrow and because the universal rule across all types of cooking is that deep frying things and adding bone marrow is… »7/14/15 8:20pm7/14/15 8:20pm

"Mind-Melded" Animal Brains Work Better Than Individual Ones

Connecting brains together into networks, or ‘mind-melding’ as the Trekkies say, has a long and colorful history in science fiction. But it’s also something that scientists are doing—rather successfully—with animals in the lab. And in many cases, networked animal brains seem to perform better than individual brains. »7/09/15 1:20pm7/09/15 1:20pm

Papuan Tribe That Ate Brains Developed Resistance to Some Brain Diseases

The story of kuru, as classically told in biology textbooks, is a tragic one. The Fore population in Papua New Guinea ate the brains of their tribe members as an act of mourning, a ritual that allowed a misshapen protein to spread through the population. This caused the disease kuru, which killed as much as 10 percent… »6/11/15 3:38pm6/11/15 3:38pm

Is It Really Possible to Learn to Speed Read?

Ninety-five percent of college educated individuals read at a rate between 200-400 words per minute according to extensive research done by University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Dr. Keith Rayner. However, there exists a small, but rather vocal subset of people who insist that they can read several times faster… »4/16/15 8:00am4/16/15 8:00am

A New, Cutting-Edge Microscope Technique That Uses Diaper Absorbent

Up until now, most microscopy has operated on a pretty simple principle: Use tricks of light to make small things appear big. A group of MIT scientists, however, are trying something radically different. They've developed a technique that physically makes tiny neurons bigger, and yes, it uses a chemical commonly found… »1/12/15 2:51pm1/12/15 2:51pm

Why Is It That Zombies Eat Brains?

Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast on the living has proliferated virtually every form of media that exists. One trait that is seemingly synonymous with zombies is their apparent need to feed on the brains of the living. But… »12/10/14 6:30am12/10/14 6:30am