Teen brains don’t react to all movie violence the same way

How do teen brains react to movie violence? It depends on whether the violence is justified or not, according to new research.

Michael Rozansky-Penn | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture brains guns imaging-technology movies teenagers violence

Rats replay memories forward and backwards to make decisions

Watching the way rat brains replay their memories forward and backward while making a decision let researchers predict what it would decide.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains decisions memory

Busted transport system unites neurodegenerative diseases

New treatments may result from identifying a likely culprit behind the brain build-up that ties all neurodegenerative diseases together.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains neurodegenerative-diseases neurons parkinsons-disease

What crabs can tell us about brain ‘building blocks’

"Until we can understand each component, we can't expect to take the brain apart and put it back together again in order to figure out how it works."

Eric Stann-Missouri | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains nervous-system neurons

Diary tool assesses epilepsy seizure risk

A new tool works just as well—and in some cases better—than clinicians at using patient history to identify periods of heightened epilepsy seizure risk.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains epilepsy seizures

Rain gets worse after hurricane winds die down

Hurricane rains that come once winds subside may actually have more intensity than when the storm is at its strongest.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment hurricanes rain weather

Cadmium, gene combo can speed up cognitive decline

Exposure to cadmium could speed up cognitive impairment, but it's even worse for people with a gene key to Alzheimer's disease.

Ashlie Chandler-Washington | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains cognition heavy-metals toxins

Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

Does Thanksgiving affect what you think tastes good?

An expert in what makes food taste good or bad explains how other people and even Thanksgiving itself can affect how we perceive taste.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis | Nov. 27, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture brains food holidays taste thanksgiving

Does Thanksgiving affect what you think tastes good?

An expert in what makes food taste good or bad explains how other people and even Thanksgiving itself can affect how we perceive taste.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis | Nov. 27, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture brains food holidays taste thanksgiving

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