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How do Neurons Speak to Each Other?

Human brains can solve sophisticated tasks within milliseconds, much faster than the fastest modern computers. But how can the brain be so quick? The secret of fast signals and image processing depends on coding and decoding rules. The construction of the brain’s software is the subject of an ongoing debate in neuroscience.

In Alzheimer’s Disease, Faulty Tau Spreads Rapidly But Is Not Toxic at First

The accumulation of misfolded tau proteins in the brain is one hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, have...

Cocaine Abstinence Changes Gene Expression in the Brain

Prolonged cocaine use affects the expression of genes and proteins in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region of the brain involved in many reward-related...

Paper or Audio? It’s All the Same to your Brain. End of Story

The brain processes words in a similar manner, whether you are reading a book or listening to an audiobook. Researchers from the University of...

A Repressor Protein Produces a Neuron

Neurons come into being when their progenitor cells ignore proliferative signals during brain development. A new study published today in Neuron journal describes, for...

How Reading Books Changes Your Body

Reading stories increases brain connectivity Most people have read at least one story that changed their way of thinking. Researchers at Emory University have found...

Re-Learning Math with the Human Calculator

The way you learnt math was the worst method possible…?!

From the Producers of Beer: Cannabinoids in the Lab

Researchers engineered S. cerevisiae, the yeast used for brewing beer, and synthesized the main cannabinoids -THC and CBD- of the plant Cannabis sativa.

How Memory Research Can Help You Learn a New Language

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you just turned off the light, your head is on the pillow, your eyes are closed, and yet,...

Dementia Is Not Fated; Fight It Away

The wider the brain's neuronal circuits, the lower the risk of dementia in old age.