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December 21, 2012

 

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What Causes Itches?

What brings on itches in the first place, and why does scratching provide such welcome relief?

December 3, 2012

 

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Can You Be Addicted To Chocolate?

Is it really possible to be a chocolate addict in the same way that someone might be addicted to drugs?

November 26, 2012

 

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Which Makes You Thirstier, Salt Or Sugar?

Chow down salty chips or pretzels, and soon you'll be guzzling your favorite drink. But snacking on sugary foods makes you thirsty, too.

October 24, 2012

 

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Americans’ Heads Are Getting Bigger

According to one study, the skulls of some Americans have actually grown over the past 120 or so years.

September 15, 2012

 

Scientists Restore Lost Cerebral Function In Non-Human Primates

Scientists have successfully employed a prosthesis to recoup lost brain power in lab monkeys. Could humans be next?

August 29, 2012

 

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What Happens When You Lose Neurons?

Around age 20, we begin to lose neurons to the process of aging. By 75, nearly one-tenth of the neurons you were born with have died.

July 31, 2012

 

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What Are Reflexes?

Most reflexes do not involve the brain; they are fast, involuntary responses that travel over what is known as a reflex arc.

July 25, 2012

 

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The Highways Of Pain

Find out how pain travels along the body's complex nerve highway.

July 18, 2012

 

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Bird Song Genes, FoxP2, And Reelin

Scientists studying zebra finch brains have identified about 2000 vocalization genes in a brain region known as Area X.

June 5, 2012

 

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Sleeping With One Eye Open

Find out why some birds really do keep one eye open and how they do it.

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