The World's Strongest MRI Will Be Able to Pick Up a Tank

The stronger an MRI machine's magnetic field is, the better image resolution and refresh rates it is able to achieve. While most medical-grade MRIs today top out between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, the unit measure of magnetic field strength, GE has recently constructed a unit with the whopping power of 7 Tesla. But that's… » 7/03/14 11:40am 7/03/14 11:40am

New Airport Screening Method May Finally End the Absurd Liquid Ban

It looks like the days of shampoo bottles striking fear into the hearts of airport security everywhere might be numbered. Thanks to Los Alamos scientists, a new type of detection technology could give airports the tools they need to finally tell if a liquid is a potential threat—all with one simple scan. » 11/25/13 4:00pm 11/25/13 4:00pm

It's Official: Scientists Can Now Actually Read Your Mind

The idea has been tossed around in science fiction yarns for years now, but researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands have actually found a way to read people's minds. Or, more specifically, decode what letters of the alphabet a subject is looking at by analyzing MRI scans with a special… » 8/22/13 1:28pm 8/22/13 1:28pm

DARPA Plans To Scan Puppy Brains To Find the Smartest Dogs for War

War dogs. They are equal parts badass and cute. And on top of that, they're smart. They need to be to get the job done. In the interest of finding the cleverest canines for potential war-doggery, DARPA's got a plan to start scanning puppy brains in an MRI machine. But rest assured, those brains are still in the… » 1/26/13 1:00pm 1/26/13 1:00pm

Video MRI Shows Unborn Twins in Incredible Detail

Your sister tells you she's pregnant. She presents you with a smudgy, black, how-is-this-even-a-baby picture. "Adorable!" you croon/lie. Because those early-stage sonograms? They don't look like anything at all. But a cinematic MRI produces super detailed pictures of that fetus. And it's being employed by a researcher… » 6/07/12 6:20pm 6/07/12 6:20pm

A Simple Scan Can Tell How Fat You'll Get and How Much Sex You'll Have

The world is full of delicious food and beautiful people, and sometimes it's hard to turn down their respective charms. But now a team of researchers has used data from fMRI scans to successfully predict weight gain and sexual activity—and can tell if you're likely to fall foul of temptation well in advance. » 4/17/12 5:00pm 4/17/12 5:00pm

Proof That Acupuncture Really Does Activate Specific Parts of the Brain

Originating in ancient China, acupuncture has been used for 2500 years. Traditional Chinese medicine holds that disease is caused by blockages and imbalances of energy (known as chi) flowing through meridians in the body, and can be eased by inserting needles at specific points. » 4/12/12 12:20pm 4/12/12 12:20pm