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August 1, 2014

 

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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.

June 12, 2014

 

Chest X-ray

Detecting Odors Is Not Just for Your Nose

While we tend to associate olfaction with our noses and brains, other parts of our body also have a "sense of smell."

May 28, 2014

 

Macro image of bubbles in wine

Is Getting ‘Blind Drunk’ A Real Thing?

Is drinking yourself 'blind' just an exaggeration, like 'eating till you burst'? Or can alcohol really turn out the lights?

November 5, 2013

 

A set of four crocheted brains

Genetic Error and the Big Brain Theory

Scientists believe human brain development is the result of genetic mutations that occurred millions of years ago.

August 29, 2012

 

neurons in the brain

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

 

little hand grasping big hand in black and white

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.

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 8, 2012

 

octopus stuffed animal holding a ship

Octopuses Are Smart!

Stop saying octopuses are stupid... they aren't!

January 11, 2012

 

drawing of a brain - sketched

Is My Brain Static Or Constantly Changing?

Scientists used to think that for all its complexity, the brain was pretty static. But... is this true today?

November 23, 2011

 

Cupcakes decorated as brown turkeys

Talking Turkey About Taste

This Thanksgiving, before you dig into your feast, take a moment to learn about how you experience all those different and wonderful tastes!

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