Scientists Cured Paralysis in Mice with Stem Cells and Lasers

This is wild. Chasing the elusive dream of curing paralysis, a team of scientists used stem cells and optogenetics to circumvent the central motor system of lab mice whose nerves had been cut. This enabled them to blast individual motor neurons with a laser, triggering movement in the legs of the mice. » 4/03/14 6:45pm 4/03/14 6:45pm

Looking at Orange Light Is Like Drinking a Cup of Coffee

Light is an incredibly powerful force. Sure, it helps us see and gives us fast internet, but medical researchers keep stumbling upon new positive side-effects. A team of Belgian scientists, for instance, just discovered how a ten minute blast of orange light increases brain activity related to cognition and alertness. » 3/11/14 10:20am 3/11/14 10:20am

Scientists unlock mystery of out-of-body experiences (aka astral trips)

Some people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences—aka "astral trips"—floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside. A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner. What they discovered was surprisingly strange. » 3/07/14 1:28am 3/07/14 1:28am

Scientists Find Striking Similarities Between Human and Dog Brains

It's funny watching dogs do human things. It's funny to watch them drive cars. It's funny to watch them sit in chairs. But, seriously, new research shows that dogs actually are just like us. At least they are when it comes to processing voices and emotion—and, now, we've got the brain scans to prove it. » 2/20/14 4:20pm 2/20/14 4:20pm

Why You Should Never Listen To Ride of the Valkyries While Driving

Time is a slippery continuum. Watching the hands on a clock tick will feel way, way different depending on the situation; trying to frantically write something on deadline with five minutes to spare ain't the same as desperately willing a conference call to finish more quickly. It turns out that music can have an… » 2/02/14 12:00pm 2/02/14 12:00pm

Impressive 3D brain scan shows every neuron connection in a brain

If you look at the wires behind your entertainment console, you're going to see different colors tangled up with different things leading to different places you forgot existed. It's an awful ugly mess. Seeing the brain is like that, only the opposite because in its chaos is beauty. Just look at the 3D brain scan above » 1/31/14 10:41pm 1/31/14 10:41pm

This 3D-Printed Brain Is a Squishy Playground for Newbie Neurosurgeons

Brain surgery is intricate, high-stakes work. So mastering it on a real, live patient, with an attending physician breathing down your neck and watching your every move, certainly can't be easy. Enter the 3D printing industry, which has already played a major role in medicine, from churning out noses and eyeballs and… » 12/11/13 7:00pm 12/11/13 7:00pm

Playing Super Mario 64 Makes Your Brain Bigger

You know how your mom used to yell that playing video games would turn your brain into mush? Turns out she was exactly wrong. A new study shows that playing Super Mario 64 for half an hour a day over the course of two months causes a "significant" increase in brain size. » 11/05/13 5:20pm 11/05/13 5:20pm

Keep Your Precious Data Safe by Storing Passwords in Your Subconscious

Do you ever fear that, one day, data-hungry bandits will tie you to a chair and make you surrender your Facebook password? It's not an unreasonable fear, actually. Christopher Nolan made a gripping documentary about this very scenario. But, thanks to a new method developed by scientists from Stanford and Northwestern,… » 11/01/13 10:40am 11/01/13 10:40am

DARPA's Spending $70 Million on a Brain Chip for Mentally Ill Soldiers

Picture this: In the near future, ten percent of our veterans could be walking around with chips implanted in their brains. These aren't intended for some I, Robot-style takeover, but rather to treat conditions like PTSD and substance abuse. Sound crazy? DARPA only deals in crazy. » 10/25/13 6:20pm 10/25/13 6:20pm

Explore Your Lobes And Cortices With This Interactive Brain Map

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Cramming for a test can make even the brightest minds feel like a pile of mush: Words start blending together, and after scanning pages and pages, it can be tough to tell when concentration falters and thoughts begin to drift. But the good folks at Open Colleges have managed to make neurology engaging and… » 10/24/13 11:50am 10/24/13 11:50am

IBM Is Running a Brain Computer On "Electronic Blood"

As part of what we can only assume is preparation for some very intense mad scientist Halloween costumes, IBM has announced a prototype computer that is both powered and cooled by an electrolyte liquid. » 10/20/13 3:29pm 10/20/13 3:29pm

How We'll Control the Future With Our Thoughts

The minds of man and machine suffer from a glaring disconnect: The inability to interface directly with one another. We have to use our hands, keyboards, and mice to issue commands to our robotic minions and they can only respond via physical sensory mediums. But we can do better. We can use our minds. In fact, we… » 10/15/13 5:17pm 10/15/13 5:17pm