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06.11.15 Liam Mathews

A New York State appeals court ruled Wednesday that coroners are not required to give organs back to the family of the deceased for burial after an autopsy, and are not even required to tell the family that the organs have been removed, the New York Daily News reports. The ruling is a response to […]

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03.19.15 Liam Mathews

Today in AAAAHHHHH: Toxoplasmosis is a horrifying parasitic disease that causes rats to lose their fear of cats so that they get eaten. Basically it makes rats into suicide zombies. In humans, it causes flu-like symptoms, usually in people with already weakened immune systems. It’s usually communicated through undercooked meat and unwashed vegetables. Researchers at […]

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12.26.14 Prachi Gupta

New research on smartphone touchscreens suggests that daily use is changing your brain. Wired UK reports on the interesting study, by researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, first shared in Current Biology. While there is an increasing body of research that studies the effects of “repetitive gestures” in the use of technology […]

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12.03.14 Rhett Jones

According to faculty at the University Of Texas, 100 brains stored in the its lab’s basement have gone missing. While one could be forgiven for thinking brains have been missing in Texas for quite sometime, these were very specific brains used for research purposes. The special collection of cerebral matter is believed to have even contained […]

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08.28.14 Marina Galperina

Princeton University psychologist Uri Hasson has presented some somewhat curious empirical studies at an event recently hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His research concludes that certain films stimulate the same parts of the audience members’ brains, “synchronizing” their neural activity. Clips from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as well as a scary scene from Darren Aronofsky’s Black […]

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08.08.14 Sophie Weiner

Though computers are fast and getting faster, processors are still far from competing with the human brain. Computer chips usually only send or receive a signal from one place at a time. This is radically different from neurons in the brain that are connected to hundreds of others, and send and receive many messages simultaneously. […]

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08.28.13 Andy Cush

Remember the rodent mind meld we told you about earlier this year, in which researchers used one rat’s brain to control another rat’s movements? A group of scientists at the University of Washington just upped the ante, using a human brain to control… another human brain. The gist of it is this: Rajesh Rao sat on one […]

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07.17.13 Julia Dawidowicz

We always knew there was something about those pigeons… New research reveals that human and bird brains are wired in a remarkably similar way — despite the fact that we’ve evolved down completely separate paths for hundreds of millions of years. A team from Imperial College London made this discovery when they made the first-ever […]

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04.09.13 Marina Galperina

One-hundred human brains from patients of the Texas State Mental Hospital. In jars of fluid. Numbered. Labeled with the specifications of their malformalities. Stacked in a storage closet. Untouched for thirty years. That’s what photographer Adam Voorhes found when Scientific American magazine sent him to the University of Texas at Austin to borrow “a normal human […]

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