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A Teenager Refugee’s Brain May Be Interfered With More By Hardship Than Past Injury

A Teenager Refugee’s Brain May Be Interfered With More By Hardship...

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Children attend school in the Syrian refugee camp Zaatari, in the north of Jordan, about an hour's drive from Amman. Soeren Stache/Picture Alliance/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Soeren Stache/Picture Alliance/Getty Images Children attend school in the Syrian refugee camp Zaatari, in the north of Jordan, about an hour's drive from Amman. Soeren Stache/Picture Alliance/Getty…
Are you a mouse who can’t release worry? Your microbiome may be the issue

Are you a mouse who can’t release worry? Your microbiome may...

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The gut-brain axis is officially a thing. Evidence is accumulating that the gut microbiome, and perturbations in it, can affect behavior—at least in mice. New work is starting to unravel how. Extinguishing fears Normally, animals can adapt to changes in their environments with corresponding changes in their behaviors. One well-studied example is what's called "fear…
How your brain safeguards you from the truth of your approaching death

How your brain safeguards you from the truth of your approaching...

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Groovy. Science Photo Library Paseika/Getty Images Dying is bad, dying sucks, but it happens to everyone eventually. But here's the thing: If we dwell on the harsh reality of our own death too long we might just collapse into a permanent state of existential angst. Enter our brains. Researchers from Bar Ilan University in Israel…
Some Folks Get ‘Mind Tingles’ From These Slime Movies. What’s Behind The Feeling?

Some Folks Get ‘Mind Tingles’ From These Slime Movies. What’s Behind...

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When scientist Giulia Poerio was a little girl, she says she would experience this very peculiar — and distinct — feeling: "a warm, tingling sensation that starts at the crown of the head, almost like bubbles on the scalp." Even more peculiar? It was triggered by specific sounds or gentle movements, "like watching my mom…
Fatal Brain Cancers Imitate ‘Vampires’ By Pirating Regular Cells To Grow

Fatal Brain Cancers Imitate ‘Vampires’ By Pirating Regular Cells To Grow

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Researchers are beginning to understand why certain brain cancers are so hard to stop. Three studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature found that these deadly tumors integrate themselves into the brain's electrical network and then hijack signals from healthy nerve cells to fuel their own growth. "They are like vampires" feeding on brain activity,…
The concept of the male or female brain is a misconception, according to a neuroscientist

The concept of the male or female brain is a misconception,...

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In July 2017, Google engineer James Damore wrote an internal company memo that generated a global media storm. He stated that Google's gender diversity policies were discriminatory and unfair to men. The reason there are few women among software engineers, he argued, is that women don't naturally possess the traits needed for this job. The…
Human-like mind waves detected in mini brains grown in a dish

Human-like mind waves detected in mini brains grown in a dish

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A cross-section of the lab grown mini-brains, with each color representing a different type of brain cell. Muotri Lab/UCTV Scientists have successfully grown mini brains that, for the first time, produce brain waves resembling those seen in embryos and preterm infants. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) created the pea-sized "brains" by…
What drug does to your body and brain

What drug does to your body and brain

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Whether it's snorted, smoked, or injected, cocaine enters the bloodstream and starts affecting the brain in a matter of seconds. But the high is short-lived, and in most cases lasts anywhere from five to 30 minutes. Regular, heavy use can have extremely negative consequences, from nosebleeds to permanent lung damage and even death. Here's a…
Brain Scans Discover Distinctions However No Injury In U.S. Diplomats Who Fell Ill In Cuba

Brain Scans Discover Distinctions However No Injury In U.S. Diplomats Who...

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In 2016, dozens of people associated with the U.S. Embassy in Havana began reporting symptoms of what became known as "Havana syndrome." Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters In 2016, dozens of people associated with the U.S. Embassy in Havana began reporting symptoms of what became known as "Havana syndrome." Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters A…
Musk’s most recent start-up is venturing into a series of difficult issues

Musk’s most recent start-up is venturing into a series of difficult...

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Enlarge / Elon Musk in Idaho in 2015. Tonight, Elon Musk has scheduled an event where he intends to unveil his plans for Neuralink, a startup company he announced back in 2017, then went silent on. If you go to the Neuralink website now, all you'll find is a vague description of its goal to…

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