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September 20, 2014
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UCLA to develop ‘brain prosthesis’ to help brain-injured patients recover memory

As part of a major federal initiative, UCLA has been awarded $15M to create a wireless, implantable device that could restore memory to millions UCLA has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to spearhead an innovative project … Continue reading

March 25, 2014
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Yale researchers reconstruct facial images locked in a viewer’s mind

Using only data from an fMRI scan, researchers led by a Yale University undergraduate have accurately reconstructed images of human faces as viewed by other people. “It is a form of mind reading,” said Marvin Chun, professor of psychology, cognitive … Continue reading

January 16, 2014
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Discovery spotlights key role of mystery RNA modification in cells

Researchers had known for several decades that a certain chemical modification exists on messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), which is essential to the flow of genetic information. But only recently did experiments at the University of Chicago show that one major … Continue reading

September 20, 2013
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Giving refuge, advancing research

Yale Stress Center head promotes healing of the body, mind, and brain Rajita Sinha, Ph.D., says that the emotional expressiveness of the Indian classical dance studies of her youth laid the foundation for a lifelong interest in the brain-body tango … Continue reading

December 9, 2012
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Moths Wired Two Ways to Take Advantage of Floral Potluck

Moths are able to enjoy a pollinator’s buffet of flowers – in spite of being among the insect world’s picky eaters – because of two distinct “channels” in their brains, scientists at the University of Washington and University of Arizona … Continue reading

November 13, 2011
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“PARKINSONIAN” Worms May Hold The Key to Identifying Drugs for Parkinson’s Disease, Says Scientist

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a simple test, using dopamine-deficient worms, for identifying drugs that may help people with Parkinson’s disease. The worms are able to evaluate as many as 1,000 potential … Continue reading

May 17, 2011
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Tiny Variation in One Gene May Have Led to Crucial Changes in Human Brain

The human brain has yet to explain the origin of one its defining features – the deep fissures and convolutions that increase its surface area and allow for rational and abstract thoughts. An international collaboration of scientists from the Yale … Continue reading