ANIMATION Our brains have an upper limit on how much they can process at once due to a constant but limited energy supply, according to a new UCL study using a brain imaging method that measures cellular metabolism. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that paying attention can […]

“Dormio takes dream research to a new level, interacting directly with an individual’s dreaming brain and manipulating the actual content of their dreams,” says Robert Stickgold, director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Credit: Helen Gao Device not only helps record dream reports, […]

Oxytocin, the hormone that induce feelings of love and well-being within us, are found to reverse some of the damage caused by amyloid plaques in the learning and memory center of the brain in an animal model of Alzheimer’s. Credit: Tokyo University of Science Scientists discover for the first time […]

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ivannikov Institute for System Programming, and the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute have developed a neural network capable of recognizing retinal tissues during the process of their differentiation in a dish. Unlike humans, the algorithm achieves this without the […]

Animation Promoting blood brain barrier health by reducing elevated pulse pressure in blood could be a promising new preventative solution and/or treatment for dementia. A recent paper published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, outlines a pulse-pressure-induced pathway of cognitive decline that sheds light on why previous treatments for dementia may have failed […]

From left to right: Dr Andy Chevigné, Dr Martyna Szpakowska and Max Meyrath. Credit: LIH Novel molecule targets a newly discovered opioid receptor with atypical properties and holds promise for alternative therapeutic strategies. Researchers at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) developed LIH383, […]

Animation Rife with obstacles and occlusions, terrestrial environments potentially helped give rise to planning circuits in the brain. New simulations show that living among land’s rich topography forced animals to plan rather than act based on habits Planning abilities increased survival rates, so evolution might have selected for brain circuitry […]

In 2017, Stanford University researchers presented a new device that mimics the brain’s efficient and low-energy neural learning process. It was an artificial version of a synapse — the gap across which neurotransmitters travel to communicate between neurons — made from organic materials. In 2019, the researchers assembled nine of […]

The 1950s and 60s Minamata tragedy was tied to mercury compounds dumped from a nearby chemical plant, but the precise form of mercury involved has remained unclear. A new study, performed in part at SLAC, has identified a previously unknown culprit. Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory The 1950s and […]