Evolution: lab-grown 'mini brains' suggest one mutation might have rewired the human mind

Neanderthal-human hybrid brains grown in the lab give fascinating insights into evolution.

Per Brattås, Postgraduate Researcher in Clinical Genomics, Lund University • conversation
Feb. 26, 2021 ~8 min

Tech breakthrough combines motion capture and neural learning

Harvard researchers develop a new motion-tracking system that delivers an unprecedented look at how animals move and behave naturally.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, analysis shows

A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

How the pandemic may damage children's social intelligence

Children aren't just losing out on education as a result of the pandemic.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence , Fudan University • conversation
Feb. 12, 2021 ~7 min

Function identified of ‘mystery protein’ that kills healthy brain cells of people with Parkinson’s

Scientists have made a ‘vital step’ towards understanding the origins of Parkinson’s disease – the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 11, 2021 ~5 min

How the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen

Research finds that as one looks around, mental images bounce between right and left brain as they shift around in our visual system.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

Do you see red like I see red?

Neuroscientists tackling the age-old question of whether perceptions of color hold from one person to the next are coming up with some interesting answers.

Danny Garside, Visiting Fellow in Sensation, Cognition & Action, National Institutes of Health • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~8 min

Our gut-brain connection

“Organs-on-a-chip” system sheds light on how bacteria in the human digestive tract may influence neurological diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 29, 2021 ~7 min

A high-resolution glimpse of gene expression in cells

Expanding tissue samples before sequencing allows researchers to pinpoint locations of RNA molecules.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 28, 2021 ~7 min

'Male' vs 'female' brains: having a mix of both is common and offers big advantages – new research

While there are small differences between male and female brains, most of us have a mix of both.

Yi Zhang, Visiting Phd Candidate, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~8 min