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XKCD versus neurobollocks

7 minutes agoOdd : Boing Boing

In his latest strip, fMRI, Randall "XKCD" Munroe nails the problems with brain imaging studies that claim to have found the neuroanatomical link between certain kinds of thoughts and regions of the brain (see 2013's Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience for more). Read the rest

Canberra’s Telstra Tower lights up purple all weekend for brain cancer

2 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The summit of Black Mountain in Canberra will glow purple tonight, November 29 and tomorrow night, November 30, to shine a light on brain cancer. Purple is the original colour for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation with Charlie Teo who are holding their first official Walk4BrainCancer event in Canberra on Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park [...]

Fun checkmate in 2 brain teaser

White to move and checkmate in 2. No computer line please. How long does it take you to solve it? :) 8/8/N1n1n3/1N1k4/2n1n3/3N4/8/K2N4 w - - 0 1 (This is a chess composition. I forgot the name of the composer. I will list the name as soon as I can find it.) Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

xkcd Explains Why Brain Scans Can Be Misleading

7 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

So much of neuroscience is now based entirely on fMRI studies. But as Randall Munroe's latest webcomic points out, brain scans are not without their limitations. Read more...

Spike activity 28-11-2014

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Pentagon publishes their plan for future war and they seem to have ripped off the plot from 1980s Rogue Trooper story lines. The Scientist has a basic guide to imaging white matter with diffusion MRI. Next week in The Scientist: Collar up or […]

Surgeons Remove Three Inch Parasitic Worm From 11-Year-Old’s Brain After Discovering it Had Been Moving Around in His Skull

Imagine finding out that there was a parasitic worm crawling around in your brain — it’s the stuff of nightmares. And for one father, that nightmare became a reality when

Top Five Critics' Picks This Friday

10 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

THREE EINSTEINS RELEASE PARTY Sarah Galvin and Co. @ TMRW PartyTo be honest, there’s not a lot of poetry that speaks to the particulars of my batty brain. Me, I like to laugh. I don’t like fancy verses about powerful disquietude. Stranger contributor Sarah Galvin’s new book, The Three Einsteins, isn’t that kind of angsty poetry at all. Show More Summary

Brain inspired data engineering

What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain’s structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born.

A neural "off-switch" for pain documented

11 hours agoOdd : Boing Boing

In Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states, a paper in Brain by researchers led from the St Louis University Medical School, scientists document their work in switching off neural pain pathways by activating an adenosine receptor. Read the rest

“Professor” who assisted in Mike Brown autopsy revealed as “fraud, con artist”

14 hours agoOdd : Boing Boing

Shawn Parcells pointing to the part of his body where brains are supposed to be found. Just when you thought the investigation into Ferguson cop Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed black teen couldn't get any more fucked up, it gets even more fucked up. Read the rest

The Risk That Will Bite You Next Is NOT The One That Bit You Last

Cassandra Does Tokyo is an Investment Banker now relocated to Japan ~~~ The Risk That Will Bite You Next Is NOT The One That Bit You Last Traumatic and painful events burnish their effect upon our brains. This happens profoundly in childhood, as well as in relationships, and most definitely as readers will know,  in...Read More

Reading Harry Potter Provides Clues to Brain Activity

14 hours agoNews : NewsFeed

Researchers have identified the magic going on inside our brains while we read

Just Like All Aspects of our Biology, Age-Related Damage in the Brain is Complicated

17 hours agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

There are many ways in which age-related damage emerges in the brain, and the details of any one individual's cognitive function decline with age is a result of the interactions between all of the processes and specific dysfunctions involved. Show More Summary

Don’t worry: Scientists have identified the brain’s stress ‘switch’

European researchers have discovered a protein that ‘switches on’ the stress response in our bodies. Scientists from the MedUni Vienna in Austria and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm worked together on a study which identified the role of secretagogin, a calcium-binding protein. Show More Summary

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

23 hours agoOdd : Brain Pickings

How an overemphasis on happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Great Children’s Books Celebrating Science

23 hours agoOdd : Brain Pickings

Finding magic in reality and our shared stardustness. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Why Clouds Stay Up in the Sky

yesterdayOdd : Brain Pickings

The science of how to keep the weight of 100 elephants in the air. Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Lego car becomes an avatar for a worm

Remember the OpenWorm project, in which researchers reproduced the genome of a nematode worm digitally and made it wiggle around on a screen? If you take the "brain" of that worm and use it to power a robotic car, you end up with researcher Timothy B...

These Parasite Bugs Can Control Their Hosts' Brains From Inside

The November’s issue of National Geographic has a fascinating article titled Mindsuckers, the tale of tiny beasts that get into their victims bodies to eat them from inside and control their bodies, turning them into remote controlled zombies. And there are more horror ahead, masterfully photographed by Anand Varma. More »      

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