How does your brain wake up from sleep?

The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.

Aneesh Hehr, Medical Student, Wayne State University • conversation
Jan. 4, 2021 ~6 min

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Tweak gets chameleon material to mimic brain cells

A material that can go from metal to insulator works like a synapse with a bit of boron. The finding could be a step toward brain-inspired computers.

Dharmesh Patel-Texas AM • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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New wireless chip shines a light on brain function

A new wireless chip tested in rats could pave the way for advances in our understanding of how the brain works, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~4 min

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Key neurons judge options during decisions

Research with monkeys choosing between juice flavors clarifies how the brain makes decisions by evaluating the benefits of each option.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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2 brain networks team up for long-term memory

A new study in mice reveals more information about how long-term memory works. Researchers also found how they can manipulate the process.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~5 min

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Neuronlike circuits bring brainlike computers a step closer

Artificial brains are far in the future, but computer chips that work like brains could keep computers advancing when today's silicon transistor chips reach their limit.

R. Stanley Williams, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~5 min

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Lab-made brains shed light on Angelman syndrome

"Organoids" let researchers watch brain development to find new info about the earliest stages of Angelman syndrome, a complex genetic disorder.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Neuralink: brain hacking is exceptionally hard, no matter what Elon Musk says

Decades of research have shown that the brain does not yield its secrets easily.

Andrew Jackson, Professor of Neural Interfaces, Newcastle University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Tweaked enzyme may treat spine injury and stroke damage

An enzyme called chondroitinase ABC that regrows damaged nerve tissue in animals has been too unstable for human use. New work could change things.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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