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

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

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

Tags: alzheimers-disease memory neurons brains hippocampus science-and-technology

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

Tags: neurons quick-reads research-brief computers biomimicry transistors future-of-computers computer-chip moores-law

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

Tags: neurons brains health-and-medicine genetic-diseases

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

Tags: brain neurons mind-control human-brain neuralink

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

Tags: stroke neurons enzymes health-and-medicine traumatic-injury spinal-cord


Fat-burning neurons in mice grow with leptin

Evidence that fat-burning neurons can grow in response to leptin suggests a potential way to promote weight loss, say researchers.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons hormones health-and-medicine body-fat body-weight

ALS scientific breakthrough: Diabetes drug metformin shows promise in mouse study for a common type of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, is a crippling, progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Now it seems that a diabetes drug may help some cases.

Laura P.W. Ranum, Director, Center for NeuroGenetics and Kitzman Family Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  genetics  brain  neurons  als  mutation  metformin

How brains do what they do is more complex than what anatomy on its own suggests

A bioengineer explains how a clearer picture of brain structure and function may fine-tune the ways brain surgery attempts to correct structure and medication tries to correct function.

Salvatore Domenic Morgera, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, University of South Florida • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  bioengineering  brain  neuroscience  cognition  electricity  neurons  fmri  neural-networks  cognitive-skills  wireless  near-field-communication  neural-processing  cognitive-function  nerve-signal  neural-circuitry  neural-circuits  neural-signals

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