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Posts tagged nerve cells

August 1, 2014


A computer hard drive

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's, a brain disorder associated with memory loss, is caused when plaque accumulates on neurons, killing the cells off and causing brain shrinkage.

May 13, 2013


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Human Brain Cells Successfully Grown In Mice

New experimental results could be good news for those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders.

March 14, 2012


touching fuzz

What Is The GABA Chemical?

Messages of touch trigger the release of a chemical called GABA, which diminishes the intensity of the outgoing message.

February 4, 2010



Cats And Colors

Have you ever wondered why your cat cannot see color?

July 31, 2007


Human brain replica

Reconnecting the Brain

How complex is the human brain, and how much can brain surgeons do to repair brain damage? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

January 20, 2006



The Creature with the Extra Brain in Its Gut

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.

December 2, 2005



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.

November 23, 2005


The Newt and the Garter Snake

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.

April 26, 2004



What are afterglows and how do they appear? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


Babies ‘n Honey

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.

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