Paralyzed Dog Walks Again Thanks to Stem Cell Transplant


Researchers have used pet dogs, with real injuries, to test a treatment that involved transplanting cells from the lining of the nose and injecting them into the spine in an attempt to bridge the damage in their spinal column.

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Brain Scans of Rappers During Improvisation Show Creativity At Work


Rappers improvising rhymes while their brains are being scanned in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine have provided an insight into the creative process.

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Photos of Einstein’s Brain Show Unique Features


Photographs of Albert Einstein’s brain were taken shortly after his death, but were never analyzed in detail until now. The analysis has revealed several unique features of his brain, providing clues about the neural basis of his extraordinary mental abilities.

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New Study Indicates False Memories Linger For Years


Each time a memory is recalled, the memory is imperfectly re-stitched by the brain. Memories retain familiarity but can be filled with holes that have worn down with time.

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Aversion to Clashing Harmonies is Due to Mathematical Relationships of Overtones


There are many people who dislike clashing dissonances of some modernist composers. It’s been long thought that dissonant musical chords contain acoustic frequencies that interfere with another, disturbing people. Now, a new study indicates that humans prefer consonant chords because of the mathematical relationship between the many different frequencies that make up the sounds.

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Neural Connection Between Infant Stress & Depressions in Teenage Girls


Stressful experiences in the first year of life can drive hormonal changes in girls later in childhood. These chemical changes lead to abnormal brain connectivity, signs of anxiety and depression at age 18.

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General Anesthetic Induces Slow Oscillations, Disrupts Brain Communication


Little is known about general anesthetics, the drugs that put patients in a coma-like state, feeling no pain or discomfort while being operated on. A new study shows that these classes of drugs change the activity of a specific region of the brain and make it more difficult for the parts to communicate.

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Flashes of Light Can Break Habits


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The addition of a light-sensitive protein to a small part of a rat’s brain allowed researchers to silence the neurons in the infralimbic cortex (ILC) with a flash of yellow light, delivered to the rat’s brain via an optic fiber. The light flashes for three seconds and the habit disappears.

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New Analysis Focuses on “Pre-Feelings” & Ability to Anticipate Near Future


A new study reports that presentiment without any external clues may exist. Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed the results of 26 studies published between 1978 and 2010 to figure out if the human body could prepare itself for future events.

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Visual Repellants May Help Prevent Shark Attacks


Structures in the brains of great sharks are similar to the ones found in humans, and these could be the key to prevent further shark attacks. Animal biologists at the University of Western Australia have discovered that the brains of Carcharodon carcharias have similarities in terms of the regions that are dedicated to visual input to those found in human brains.

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