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Amid Growing Concern Over Head Injuries, California Limits Full-Contact Football Practices

Source: The Washington Post Early Lead Blog
Date: 22 July 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will limit football practices for middle-school and high school students.

Spark for a Stagnant Search

Source: New York Times
Date: 21 July 2014

The Broad Institute announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.


Beyond Salty and Sweet: A Budding Club of Tastes

Source: The New York Times Well Blog
Date: 21 July 2014
Although there is still no consensus beyond sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory, the research makes clear there is more to taste than a handful of sensations.

Sending Light Through the Skull to Influence Brain Activity

Source: Inside Science
Date: 18 July 2014

Genetically engineered protein responds remotely to red light in the brains of mice.


Scientists Discover a 520-Million-Year-Old Brain: Neural Structure Found Inside Fossil of the World's Oldest Predator

Source: Daily Mail
Date: 17 July 2014
The discovery reveals a brain that is surprisingly simple and less complex than those known from fossils of some of the animal’s prey.

Alzheimer’s Findings Seen as a Possible New Window to Understanding the Disease

Source: The Washington Post
Date: 16 July 2014
Mayo Clinic scientists find a possible new link between an abnormal brain protein and the onset of dementia.

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10 Percent of Their Brains

Source: The Atlantic
Date: 16 July 2014
It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurks in Warm Summer Water

Source: NBC News
Date: 15 July 2014
The death of a 9-year-old girl from a brain-eating amoeba is a jolting reminder of the danger lurking in fresh water, a risk that could worsen.

Nanoparticles May Harm the Brain

Source: Science
Date: 11 July 2014

Charged nanoparticles can carry drugs and other treatments to their destinations inside the body.


Epidemiology: The Complexities of Epilepsy

Source: Nature
Date: 10 July 2014
An estimated 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. But research funding is low, treatment can fail and the mechanisms of the disease are a mystery.

Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

Source: New York Times
Date: 9 July 2014
The Department of Defense announced a $40 million investment in direct brain recording. 

Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Source: National Public Radio
Date: 9 July 2014
A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected.

How Brain Science Explains Market Bubbles and ‘Irrational Exuberance’

Source: The Washington Post
Date: 8 July 2014
The secret to smart investing is all in your head. The best investors’ brains are wired to tell them when to sell, study shows.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Source: New Scientist
Date: 7 July 2014
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Your Brain On Magic Mushrooms Is Actually Similar To Dreaming, Brain Scan Study Shows

Source: Huffington Post
Date: 7 July 2014
Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip.

Scientists threaten to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

Source: The Guardian
Date: 7 July 2014
Researchers say European commission-funded initiative to simulate human brain suffers from 'substantial failures'

Less Sleep Tied to Brain Shrinkage, Cognitive Decline

Source: FOX News
Date: 2 July 2014
Less sleep was found to be associated with brain shrinkage and cognitive decline, according to new research of older adults.

Suite of Methods Yields Complex Model of Neuronal Junctions

Source: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date: 2 July 2014
Researchers debuted a three-dimensional model of an average synapse, the point of connection between neurons.

How Tourette’s-Afflicted Tim Howard Went From International Ridicule to World Cup History

Source: The Washington Post
Date: 2 July 2014
He's beaten Tourette's and the British press. And now he's made World Cup history.

Noninvasive Brain Control Is Real—and That’s Good

Source: TIME
Date: 30 June 2014

A diabolical-sounding breakthrough may actually be able to treat a range of disabling diseases.