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News Byte: Holy crap--protons make worms poop!

News Byte: Holy crap--protons make worms poop!

Researchers studying the nematode worm C. elegans have discovered a new mechanism by which the millimeter-long critter flexes its pooping muscles. It's protons!

January 9, 2008 — JR Minkel
Stressing the Hippocampus: Why It Matters

Stressing the Hippocampus: Why It Matters

A vital part of your brain is named after the animal that its odd, twisting shape resembles: the seahorse, genus Hippocampus . _____________________ J Douglas Bremner Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit Emory University, Atlanta The hippocampus is a brain area involved in memory that animal studies have shown to be sensitive to the effects of stress.

January 8, 2008 — Mind Matters
Sunbathing: good or bad?

Sunbathing: good or bad?

Is it better to bask in the sun and boost your production of Vitamin D or hide from its rays and the potential skin cancer they cause? A new study leans toward the former, at least for those from the high latitudes, like Scandinavia.

January 7, 2008 — David Biello
Lethal injection doubts reach Supreme Court

Lethal injection doubts reach Supreme Court

There is no doubt that Ralph Baze is a killer, shooting two police officers in the back when they arrived to serve arrest warrants. But there is a doubt that the method the state of Kentucky would use to execute Baze is more humane than he--"cruel and unusual" punishment.

January 7, 2008 — David Biello
Selective Vision: The Brain's Spin Machine Starts Early

Selective Vision: The Brain's Spin Machine Starts Early

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Mind Matters With the election season hard upon us and the spin machines working overtime, we thought it sensible to rerun a post from last year about a sort of spin machine recently discovered in the brain.

January 2, 2008 — David Dobbs
A Tour of NeuroSci - Mind Matters' First Year

A Tour of NeuroSci - Mind Matters' First Year


Mind Matters - The First Year We did not, alas, make it to the Prague Museum, which is pictured above. But with the end of both the calendar year and Mind Matters' first year it seems a good time to look a back and see where we have been since launching in January.

December 26, 2007 — David Dobbs
Mirror Neurons -- Rock Stars or Backup Singers?

Mirror Neurons -- Rock Stars or Backup Singers?

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Greg Hickok Center for Cognitive Neuroscience University of California, Irvine Mirror neurons are the rock stars of cognitive neuroscience.

December 18, 2007 — David Dobbs
James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

Things are really starting to heat up over at Sciam's freewheeling new news firehose, 60 Second Science. Here's what you're missing: James Watson might be 16% black; gods of irony shout,"BUUURN!" Voyager 2 leaves solar system, looking forward to 'new projects with Diddy' Atlantis shuttle crew fends off giant arachnid OMG-we-wish-we-were-kidding-dept: Airborne pig brain matter may cause neurological disorder in pork industry workers How Saturn's 'UFO' Moons formed [video] 10,000 Years of Human Civilization Explained by One Study The Fab Four’s hit singles funded development of CT scanner!

December 11, 2007 — Christopher Mims
Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought

Sleep, Attention, and Memory: Not (Maybe) What You Thought



by Robert Stickgold

Harvard Medical School



Most of us can remember at least one occasion on which we sat in class, half asleep, trying to pay attention and learn what we were being taught "“ to no avail.

December 11, 2007 — David Dobbs

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