Neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have just publicly released the first batch of gigapixel images showing how the neuronal pathways in mice are all connected to each other. It's the first step towards the first ever wiring diagram of an entire vertebrate brain.
It's often hard to tell just where in the brain depression comes from. A company called Brainsway has developed an electromagnetic "shotgun" that can stimulate a bunch of different areas of the brain all at once, and after promising trials, it's applying for FDA approval to use it clinically.
Optogenetics is a method of using light to control cells in the brain. It can be used to alter behavior, model diseases, and maybe even one day, deliver drugs right where you need them. And now, it's wireless! With lasers!
The idea of jacking yourself into some sort of machine that can teach you anything you want to know without you having to, you know, do anything is total science fiction. Or, it would be, if some Japanese researchers hadn't just done it. Teachers, you are now obsolete!
Let's just be clear: I am in no way qualified to write an article about female orgasms. But I'm doing it anyway, because it's about science, too. And it's fascinating.
It's a bit of a mystery why sometimes we're able to remember certain things and sometimes we're not. Scientists may have just figured out how to tell whether or not a memory is likely to be good, based on a little tiny part of your brain that lights up when it's ready to learn something.
Mmm, braaaaains. Brains are extraordinarily complex and delicious, and if you can't get enough of 'em, there's now a way to browse the virtual brains of real live dead people online.