Body Systems

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Do microbes living in our gastrointestinal tracts influence the way our brains work? Hear from a scientist who has been studying this question for nearly a decade.
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Elseline Hoekzema and her research team studied physical changes in (human) moms’ brain structure by scanning the brains of about 80 men and women
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Recent research has revealed a potential connection between the brain and the trillions of microorganisms colonizing the body.
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The blood-brain barrier is your brain's first line of defense against toxins and pathogens. But it can also make treating brain illnesses complicated.
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Today, neuroimaging studies are shedding light on the brain differences between trans- and cis-gender individuals.
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Scientists are harnessing the brain's own hormones to help treat the symptoms of autism.
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Scientists are rushing to uncover the mysterious connection between the Zika virus and brain disorders like microcephaly.
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The wonders of the brain don't stop in your skull, they can be seen through out your body.
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Fainting is the sudden and temporary loss of consciousness, and consciousness arises from neural activity in the cerebral cortex. Anything that disrupts neural activity in the cerebral cortex can cause loss of consciousness.
Let your students test their brain vocabulary in a game of Neuro Bingo.
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Whether or not a competitor stands on the podium wearing an Olympic metal can depend on a thousandth of a second difference in finishing time.
From building a spinal cord to discerning the flavor of a jelly bean, the five activities and crafts presented here will help your students understand how the human nervous system works.
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Long-necked Sauropods, like Brontosaurus, were the largest animals on earth, but their brain, not their leg strength, is what kept them from getting any bigger.

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.