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Brain Waves from the Beyond

By | November 19, 2012

Researchers in Brazil study the brain activity of mediums while they supposedly communicate with spirits.

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Personality Predicts Placebo Effect

By | November 16, 2012

People with certain personality traits are more likely to get pain relief from a placebo, a finding that could help improve clinical trials.

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A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

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An “Unconscious” Man Talks

By | November 14, 2012

Functional magnetic resonance images of a vegetative patient’s brain communicate to doctors that he’s conscious and not in pain.

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Opinion: Talking Genomics

By | November 13, 2012

The crucial importance of language in the debate over the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests

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A Brain for Rhythm

By | November 9, 2012

A legendary rock and roll drummer teams up with a neuroscientist to explore the role of rhythm in brain function.

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Inflammation for Regeneration

By | November 8, 2012

Inflammatory signals in injured zebrafish brains promote the growth of new neurons.

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Connectome Makes Some Noise

By | November 7, 2012

NIH Director Francis Collins touts the project to map neural connections in the human brain as recording the mind’s “symphony.”  

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Opinion: Science in the Courtroom

By | November 6, 2012

Should biological explanations for criminal behavior influence a judge’s or jury’s decision about how to handle a case? If so, how?

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Sandy’s Impact on Science

By | November 5, 2012

More stories surface about how last week’s super storm is affecting research up and down the coast—and how science is fighting back.

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