Tagged: brain

The mutant PRICKLE and the split brain - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 31, 2017

We rarely hear of scientific work making positive use of otherwise unhappy situations, perhaps because writers feel they don’t “sell” well. But they can be a good thing to do. We also don’t often hear about smaller projects. Here a couple’s unfortunate luck with their child is put to learning more about brain development. We all have … Read More

Psychobiotics – bacteria as a psychiatric medicine? - News

John Kerr Oct 31, 2016

A growing field of research – psychobiotics – hints that the millions of bacteria living inside us have more of a say in our mental well-being than we think. The term ‘psychobiotics’ was coined in 2013 by Ted Dinan to describe bacteria that “produce a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness.” Since then there have already been leaps forward in … Read More

Electric dreams of sheep - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 05, 2016

At the moment there is more attention given to, and concern about, machines getting smarter than us. But there is also research going on which possibly, probably, definitely (depending on your source) will make us smarter, stronger, and/or creative. This short video interested me for two reasons.   Firstly, the suggestion that by tapping electronically into our dreams we could … Read More

How our modular brain pieces the world together - Guest Work

Guest Work May 24, 2016

By Bronson Harry, Western Sydney University Picture a close friend. Imagine their face, the sound of their voice, their height, what they normally wear. You might be surprised to learn you have just used a host of different brain regions to recall this information. Curiously, there is no single brain region that is involved in representing the people … Read More

New evidence supporting a link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 05, 2016

Scientists have just reported that in the lab, the Zika virus can infect and destroy neural stem cells that give rise to the brain’s cerebral cortex. Updated 6/3/2016 to include links to new papers Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that is currently causing concern across … Read More

Monday Micro – mind manipulating microbes revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 23, 2013

One of my favourite microbes is Toxoplasma gondii, the little protozoa famous for making mice less afraid of cats. T. gondii also causes toxoplasmosis which can be serious, especially for those with a compromised immune system. It’s the reason women are excused from cleaning cat litter trays during pregnancy as infection can result … Read More

Truth or lie? Can MRI help scientists read our minds? - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 09, 2012

By Dr Donna Rose Addis, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland It’s the slogan of a new game show on TV3, but can science help us tell the two apart? Mind Reading has always been thought of as a superhuman skill, but fMRI technology is bringing us ever closer to this goal. So-called ‘functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ tracks blood … Read More

TOSP Episode 23: March 5th 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 06, 2012

Episode 23 of TOSP is _out_, yo! This week, aimee and Elf talk Mars, twisted radiowaves, a new livestock virus, the new number of neurons in a human brain (clue: it’s less than you might think), oxygen-generating biomaterial, SpeechJamming, meetings and IQ, using cellphone data following disasters, and the survival of the brightest. Read More

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