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A Lifetime With Zika? Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Studying the Virus' Longterm Affects on the Brain

32 minutes agoNews / Independent News : AlterNet

Click here for reuse options! Doctors say learning and memory can be impacted even decades later. How does the Zika virus affect the adult brain? Sujan Shresta, a scientist at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology's Center...Show More Summary

Brains: It's Not The Size That Counts

A University of Adelaide-led project has overturned the theory that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to the size of the brain — but rather linked more closely to the supply of blood to the brain. More »      

Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums – “Mutant Brain” (Feat. Assassin) Video (Dir. Spike Jonze)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a short film! It’s a music video! No, it’s…a perfume commercial! But also sort of a short film and a music video. To advertise their new Kenzo World fragrance, fashion brand Kenzo enlisted the great Spike Jonze to direct a bonkers dance video set to “Mutant Brain,” a […]

Ice Cube, Fishbone/Bad Brains/Living Colour megajam & more @ Afropunk 2016 day 2 (pics/video)

photos by P Squared Day 2 of the 2016 Afropunk (Sunday, 8/28) featured three legendary boundary-pushing bands: Bad Brains, Fishbone and Living Colour. Some attendees may not have known that they'd be getting all three at once... Continue reading…

Spike activity 10-06-2016

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The New York Times has a fascinating piece on the online community of people who believe they are being ‘gang stalked’. Completely destroy the immune system with chemotherapy and rebuild it with stem cells. Show More Summary

The Wright Stuff: Style Doesn't Matter

I can’t breathe. Pumped, dizzy, and nauseous, I close my eyes, searching for composure. Crystals of static tingle and squirm between my brain and retinas. I gasp for oxygen, then thrutch up 10 feet of icy fist crack to the end of my rope.“Hurgh,” I moan, using great effort to muster a shitty,... Continue reading

Big SMARTYPANTS Quiz: Wednesday Night! by Ree

If you’re hanging around looking for a purpose in life tomorrow night and feel like a little brain challenge, stop by for a SMARTYPANTS quiz! Here are the details! WHAT: Big Smartypants Quiz WHERE: Here! WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 9:00 Eastern/6:00 Pacific. WHY: Because we love history, literature, math, sports, science, and every other topic under the sun. […]

In the Loop: First at Mayo to survive this rare, aggressive brain cancer

Addyson Cordes is a fighter. Diagnosed at 13 months old with a "rare and aggressive" brain tumor (atypical teratoid rhabdoid), Allyson was put through an equally aggressive treatment plan that included neurosurgery,chemotherapy, and proton beam therapy — all before her third birthday. And today, as KAAL-TV reports,"among the handful of kids treated with this kind […]

New frontiers in mind-fracking

4 hours agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

I have seen the future of music, and its name is ThinkEar. A new audio gadget from, oddly enough, a Finnish oil company named Neste, ThinkEar is a set of “mind-controlled earphones” that will allow your brain to control your music without any interference from your mind. Let’s go to the press release: The world is poised on […]

Addiction cravings may get their start deep in the right side of the brain

If you really want a drink right now, the source of your craving may be a pea-sized structure deep inside the right side of your brain, according to scientists.

Caffeine and its analogues counteract memory deficits by normalizing stress responses in the brain

A new study describes the mechanism by which caffeine counteracts age-related cognitive deficits in animals. The study shows that the abnormal expression of a particular receptor -- adenosine A2A, a target for caffeine -- in the brain of rats induces an aging-like profile: namely, memory impairments linked to the loss of stress controlling mechanisms.

Amputees' brains remember missing hands even years later

Our brains have a detailed picture of our hands and fingers, and that persists even decades after an amputation, researchers have found. The finding could have implications for the control of next generation prosthetics.

Brain's internal compass also navigates during imagination

When you try to find your way in a new place, your brain creates a spatial map that represents that environment. Neuroscientists now show that the brain’s ‘navigation system’ is not only active during actual or virtual movement, but also when imagining view directions. Show More Summary

Which is more addictive, coffee or nicotine? If you’re asking, you can’t understand the answer

6 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

What does it mean to label something addictive, and how can we suddenly decide something is addictive where previously it was not? After all, isn’t addiction a biological marker in our brain? This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human...

UAB Biomarker Outperforms Current Gold Standard to Detect Brain Shunt Infections

In a study of children with brain shunts at Children's of Alabama, a University of Alabama at Birmingham investigational biomarker outperformed the current "gold standard" test for detecting bacterial infections in the shunts.

No, Googling Everything Is Not Wrecking Our Memories

Is cognitive offloading better or worse for a person's long term brain development and maintenance? This question was originally answered on Quora by Joyce Schenkein.

Ex-Colt doesn't remember Super Bowl ring ceremony

Ben Utecht suffered five concussions and has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.        

Drugs Designed to Aid Alzheimer's Patients Could Enhance Healthy Brains

If researchers develop a drug to improve how the brain functions, could it be useful for healthy people?

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/30/2016

Today's Water Cooler: TTIP dead?, Clinton Foundation, Sanders and Senate, Rs "betrayed," Democrat racism, housing, supply chain, the brain

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