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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

 

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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.

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!

September 30, 2010

 

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Lefty Or Righty? Brain Stimulation Can Change Hand Preference

Brain stimulation and hand preference go, well, hand-in-hand. Researchers are investigating whether they can manipulate if you are a righty or lefty.

September 25, 2010

 

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Neuron Marching Band

The circulatory system isn't the only part of the body that keeps a beat. The brain needs rhythm too!

July 14, 2009

 

Several large locusts on the front grille of a truck

Collision Avoidance And Star Wars-Watching Locusts

Scientists are using knowledge gained from Star Wars-watching locusts to help cars of the future avoid collisions. Learn how on this Moment of Science.

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