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Scientists figured out a cool way to read your brain

April 5th, 2021

Among the many buzzy pet projects and aspirations which you sometimes hear tech moguls like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg talk about that fall outside of their company’s core missions is the development of a dystopian-sounding direct link between computers and the human brain. The creepiness factor notwithstanding, they’ll regale audiences and journalists about what …

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Scientists figured out why humans have big brains

March 24th, 2021

Humans are the smartest living creatures on Earth. Well, maybe not “smart” entirely, but we’re at least the most advanced creatures when it comes to brain development, and scientists really want to know why. Evolution, sure, but the actual nuts and bolts of why our brains develop differently than those of other great apes and …

Cognitive Decline

Scientists might have figured out how to reverse aging in the brain

January 22nd, 2021

A Stanford team has figured out how to reverse aging in the brain and restore mental acuity, a breakthrough that could one day lead to drugs that treat medical conditions and cognitive decline. The researchers found a way to block the inflammation responsible for the cognitive decline that comes with age. Using drugs tailored to …

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Illinois teen’s memory resets every two hours after head injury

September 16th, 2019

Of all the types of injuries a person can sustain, head injuries tend to be the scariest. Scientists have learned a lot about how the human brain works, but there are still many uncertainties. That’s especially true when it comes to brain injuries, where a person can appear medically healthy but still exhibit dramatic cognitive …

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NFL head trauma linked to decreased testosterone and erectile dysfunction

August 26th, 2019

Studies in recent years have revealed that chronic head trauma often suffered by professional football players can have long-lasting effects, but it’s safe to say that there’s still a lot we don’t know about how frequent concussions can alter a person’s brain. Mood disorders, depression, and personality changes have already been linked to concussions endured …

Chinese scientists put human brain genes in a monkey

April 12th, 2019

Everything we know about evolution tells us that humans have primate ancestors, and that the development of our complex brains is what allowed ancient humans to forge the path that we’re on today. Determining what changes in primate brains prompted our fork of the evolution tree to take shape is something scientists in China are …