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VR Could Spot Signs of Concussion in Footballers

The emerging worry that is brain injury possibly being caused by heading footballs is the latest target of developers in VR land, with a team of researchers suggesting that VR's sensors and tricking of the brain might be able to detect the early signs of concussion and could therefore save young brains from needless battering. Read More >>

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US Military Successfully Uses Electrical Pulses to Enhance Staff’s Cognitive Ability

Scientists paid to work out how to make the US military even scarier have reported successful results for an experiment involving electrical pulses and human brains. They managed to use a method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance the cognitive ability of servicemen, improving their performance in high-pressure situations. Read More >>

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Scientists Think They’ve Solved the Mystery of Déjà Vu

We’ve all been there. “I swear we’ve had this conversation before,” is a line I’ve uttered on many occasions, sometimes when I’ve genuinely thought as much, at other times when I’ve just been desperate to change the subject. Read More >>

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Humans Have Big Brains Because We Are Good At Judging Others

Scientists have long wondered why humans often give without accepting anything in return, or why we tend to help unrelated strangers. Apparently, what others think means a lot to us as a species and that has contributed to the size of our big brains. Read More >>

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Texting Produces an Entirely New Kind of Brain Wave Pattern

A research team from the US has shown that text messaging changes the rhythm of brain wave patterns in a way that’s never seen before. The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work. Read More >>

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New Brain Map Shows Where Words Are Stored Inside Your Head

Researchers have created a new map of the human brain which shows where we organise words depending on their meaning—and it could help us read minds more accurately than ever. Read More >>

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3D-Printed Gel Folds Almost Exactly Like a Real Baby Human Brain

Foetal brains begin to fold around the midpoint of the third trimester, but little is known about the actual process. A new model, in which a hunk of gel was made to swell in a liquid bath, shows how it happens in surprisingly accurate detail. Read More >>

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Why the Octopus Brain is So Extraordinary and Why it Makes Them So Special

Octopuses are easily one of my favourite animals in the ocean, because they have the intelligence to do things just like us. Things like the ability to use tools and solve puzzles. Plus they have legit superpowers that make them even cooler than us, since they can camouflage and have this really extraordinary brain and neuron system that allows their tentacles to think on their own. Read More >>

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Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the facts and fiction. Read More >>

health
Laughing at Death and Disaster Could be an Early Dementia Warning Sign

Finding merriment in the misfortune of others has become a sort of national pastime of late, but there's a more serious angle to some cases of inappropriate laughter -- it could be an early warning sign of the onset of dementia. Read More >>

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Schizophrenics Found to Have Overactive Brain Immune Systems

Men scanning the brains of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and under risk of developing the symptoms claim to have made a breakthrough that could help treat the problem, reporting that those suffering from schizophrenia have brain immune systems that are doing way too much work. Read More >>

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Researchers Digitise Part of a Rat Brain

Researchers have taken another huge step forward in the race to let Ray Kurzweil upload himself to the internet before he dies, announcing the successful recreation and accurate simulation of part of a brain -- of a rat. Read More >>

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We’re Getting Closer to Brain-to-Brain Interfaces

Imagine being able to communicate with others through only your thoughts. No words, no signs are exchanged: only pure information travelling directly from one brain to another. Read More >>