Alzheimer's, a brain disorder associated with memory loss, is caused when plaque accumulates on neurons, killing the cells off and causing brain shrinkage.
New experimental results could be good news for those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders.
Messages of touch trigger the release of a chemical called GABA, which diminishes the intensity of the outgoing message.
How complex is the human brain, and how much can brain surgeons do to repair brain damage? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
It would probably make a pretty cheesy horror movie, but the thing is, it's true. In fact, that creature with the extra brain is you.
Did you know that the virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella-zoster virus, never actually leaves your body? It lies dormant from the time you get the illness, in nerve cells alongside your spinal cord. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Meet the Taricha granulosa newt, otherwise known as the rough skinned newt. It’s a small, slow-moving creature. There’s nothing apparently threatening about it. However, glands in its skin secrete a potent poison, tetrodotoxin. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Since botulism bacteria cannot survive in oxygen, they form spores that lie dormant until they’re in an oxygen-free environment. For example, the oxygen-free insides of canned goods are prime breeding grounds for botulism.