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Landmark study on neural circuits shows that “cells that fire together wire together,” refining the popular “Use it or lose it”

– A net­work of neu­rons recon­struct­ed with large-scale elec­tron microscopy. Cred­it: Clay Reid, Allen Insti­tute; Wei-Chung Lee, Har­vard Med­ical School; Sam Inger­soll, graph­ic artist.

Research on largest net­work of cor­ti­cal neu­rons to date pro­filed (Med­ical Xpress):

Even the sim­plest net­works of neu­rons in the brain are com­posed of mil­lions of con­nec­tions, and exam­in­ing these vast net­works is crit­i­cal to under­stand­ing how the brain works. An inter­na­tion­al team of researchers Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging study: Unregulated stress can sabotage your self-control and your diet

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Brain scans show how every­day stress can sab­o­tage your diet (CBS News):

As any­one who’s ever downed a pint of ice cream after a bad day at the office knows, the stress­es of every­day life can sab­o­tage self-con­trol when it comes to diet. But why? Read the rest of this entry »

On Music, Dopamine, and Making Sense of Sound

Daniel Lev­itin, in This Is Your Brain On Music, sug­gests the fol­low­ing sound exper­i­ment. Sit­u­ate your­self some­place where you can close your eyes and focus on the sounds around you. When you open your eyes, write down each sound you heard and the object that made that sound. If you are in a rel­a­tive­ly qui­et spot, try this exper­i­ment the next time you are in a more sound-rich envi­ron­ment.

I began this arti­cle while Read the rest of this entry »

Encyclopedia of the many Sharp Brains out there

A Leap for All Life: World’s Lead­ing Sci­en­tists Announce Cre­ation of Ency­clo­pe­dia of Life (a data­base of all liv­ing things)

Press Release: Bio­di­ver­si­ty, Sci­ence Com­mu­ni­ties Unite Behind Epic Effort To Pro­mote Bio­di­ver­si­ty, Doc­u­ment All 1.8 Mil­lion Named Species on Plan­et

  • WASHINGTON (May 9, 2007) – Many of the world’s lead­ing sci­en­tif­ic insti­tu­tions today announced the launch of the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Life, an unprece­dent­ed glob­al effort to doc­u­ment all 1.8 mil­lion named species of ani­mals, plants, and oth­er forms of life on Earth. For the first time in the his­to­ry of the plan­et, sci­en­tists, stu­dents, and cit­i­zens will have mul­ti-media access to all known liv­ing species, even those that have just been dis­cov­ered.
  • Over the next 10 years, the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Life will cre­ate Inter­net pages for Read the rest of this entry »

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