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Watch 80,000 Neurons Fire in the Brain of a Fish

Source: WIRED
Date: 28 July 2014
In a new study, scientists tracked the activity of 80 percent of the neurons in the brain of a baby zebrafish as the animal responds to what it sees.

Autism Gene Affects Brain Function Early in Development

Source: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date: 28 July 2014

Mutations in a gene linked to intellectual disability and sometimes autism may lead to a permanent boost in brain activity, according to a study.


Brain cells can suppress appetite, study in mice shows

Source: BBC
Date: 27 July 2014
Scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat, a study in mice shows.

'Lucy' Thriller Revives 10% Brain Capacity Myth

Source: LiveScience
Date: 25 July 2014
The fact is, people use all of their brains.

100,000-Year-Old Case of Brain Damage Discovered

Source: LiveScience
Date: 23 July 2014
An ancient skeleton unearthed in Israel may contain the oldest evidence of brain damage in a modern human.

Everyone's Brain Generates Emotions The Same Way

Source: Inside Science
Date: 23 July 2014
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and coding come together in the prefrontal cortex.

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.