New research shows just a sip of beer can cause a rush of pleasure due to the potent neurotransmitter dopamine.
A new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head, demonstrating that it is possible to turn one type of already differentiated neuron into another within the brain.
by David Wilder, Discover Magazine reports that a group of scientists are working on a brand new form of brain mapping. The $30 million Human Connectome Project will provide a model showing the main neural pathways that link the 500 major areas of the brain in an attempt to show how our biological hardwiring controls our mental activity. The [...]
The European Commission has announced, the Human Brain Project, a $1.5-billion Supercomputer to simulate the Human Brain. Image © wikipedia The over a period of ten years Human Brain Project, will seek to understand and map the brain structure and function, and aim to translate it into a supercomputer simulation. HBP-videoverview from Human Brain Project on Vimeo. source Human [...]
BY ALASDAIR WILKINS It’s hard to imagine an organism much simpler than the hydra. It doesn’t have brains, hearts, or eyes – it’s basically just tentacles with a mouth attached. And yet these simple creatures pull of biological feats no other animal can. Hydra are one of a few species – flatworms are another recently [...]
Children are not the only ones who can learn a lesson or two from the Count. It turns out that neuroscientists are gaining key insights into brain development by turning to Sesame Street. While the vast majority of researchers who use neuroimaging techniques to study brain activity in humans use simple tasks and stripped down, short-lasting [...]
We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year.
In this new RSAnimate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. Taken from a lecture given by Iain McGilchrist as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. To view the full lecture, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUHxC4wiWk Like the RSA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thersaorg