Archive for the ‘neuroscience’ category

Jan 19, 2020

Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

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New research in pigs examines how sugar intake affects the brain’s reward circuits and finds that changes are noticeable after just 12 days.

Jan 18, 2020

How To Hack A Human Brain | VICE on HBO

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience

Advancements in neurotechnology are blurring the line between biology and technology. There is an emerging push to implant electronic devices inside the human body, hardwire them to our brains, and allow us to not only overcome disadvantages or injury but open up entirely new avenues of human experience.

VICE’s Thomas Morton got an inside look at what might be the next evolutionary step for humankind.

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Jan 18, 2020

Functional brain architecture is associated with the rate of tau accumulation in Alzheimer’s disease

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Tau accumulation is associated with disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. Here the authors use resting state fMRI and tau-PET to demonstrate that baseline connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease is associated with tau spreading.

Jan 18, 2020

7 rules to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and keep your brain healthy

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During the last Alzheimer’s disease support meeting I attended at my mother’s assisted living center, I sheepishly asked if anyone else was worried about their own risk for the disease.

A lot of hands went up.

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Jan 18, 2020

The relationship between Biological and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Claims of a relationship between AI and Neuroscience are more common than ever. They are often used to imply a higher chance of success for a technology. Are these claims true or just a hype?

Jan 18, 2020

How much maximum heat can your brain tolerate?

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Jan 17, 2020

Professor: Electrons and Quarks May Experience Consciousness

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, particle physics

Humans might not be so special after all.

Jan 17, 2020

Belgian brain doctor awarded for easing coma survivors’ return

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Not all patients who fall into a coma return, and when they do it can mark a moment of joy for their loved ones—but their troubles are rarely over.

Often, brain damage leaves them paralysed or unable to communicate.

Belgian neurologist Steven Laureys has dedicated himself to the question of how to improve the lives of the formerly comatose, and of their families.

Jan 17, 2020

The CIA’s Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A ‘Poisoner In Chief’

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‘Poisoner In Chief’ Details The CIA’s Secret Quest For Mind Control Journalist Stephen Kinzer reveals how CIA chemist Sidney Gottlieb worked in the 1950s and early ’60s to develop mind control drugs and deadly toxins that could be used against enemies.

Jan 17, 2020

Microscopy technique reveals cells’ 3D ultrastructure in new detail

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Inside a cell, tentacled vesicles shuttle cargo for sorting. DNA rearranges in the nucleus as stem cells differentiate into neurons. Neighboring neurons cling to one another through a web-like interface. And a new microscopy technique shows it all, in exquisite detail.

The technique, called cryo-SR/EM, melds images captured from and super-resolution light microscopes, resulting in brilliant, clear detailed views of the inside of —in 3D.

For years, scientists have probed the microscopic world inside cells, developing new tools to view these basic units of life. But each tool comes with a tradeoff. Light microscopy makes it simple to identify specific cellular structures by tagging them with easy-to-see fluorescent molecules. With the development of super-resolution (SR) , these structures can be viewed with even greater clarity. But fluorescence can reveal only a few of the more than 10,000 proteins in a cell at a given time, making it difficult to understand how these few relate to everything else. Electron microscopy (EM), on the other hand, reveals all cellular structures in high-resolution pictures—but delineating one feature from all others by EM alone can be difficult because the space inside of cells is so crowded.

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