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Create Your Own Phantom Hand

People who lose a limb often experience the sensation of still having the missing arm or leg. Phantom limbs, in fact, have spurred a whole line of independent research among neuroscientists.But it appears that all of us may be capable of these sensations, even if arms and legs remain intact.

STAFFApril 13, 2013 — Gary Stix

Blockheads No More: New Technology Creates the See-Through Brain

Transparent ("CLARITY-fied") mouse brain Karl Deisseroth is a pioneer in optogenetics, the technology that has taken neuroscience by storm by enabling the use of optical and genetic methods to precisely control the switching on and off of individual neurons and brain circuits.Deisseroth and his team at Stanford have now come up with an entirely new method to explore the brain that U.S.

STAFFApril 10, 2013 — Gary Stix

New Study: Neuroscience Research Gets an "F" for Reliability

Brain studies are the current darling of the sciences, research capable of garnering tens or even hundreds of millions in new funding for ambitious new projects, the kind of money that was once reserved only for big physics projects.Except the house of neuroscience, which attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, may be built on a foundation of clay.

STAFFApril 10, 2013 — Gary Stix

New Job for Brain Scientists: Pitching Mutual Funds

Professor Gilbert I was watching one of the March Madness games recently with my son Benjamin. He is the only one in the world I can do this with because I can ask him what the difference is between the shot clock in the NBA and the one in the NCAA without being asked to immediately produce a green card.During a commercial break, a familiar face popped onto the screen.

STAFFApril 9, 2013 — Gary Stix

Sleep Hits the Reset Button for Individual Neurons

Electrical impulses travel up a neuron to branching dendrites, providing a neural tune-up. A little shuteye refreshes.Right, but what does that really mean?Not talking here about leaping out of bed ready for a five-mile run upon awakening, but rather about what's happening at the level of individual brain cells deep inside your head.A new study by R.

STAFFMarch 22, 2013 — Gary Stix

Brain to Brain: Dawning of the Telepathic Rat Tweet

What's up rat? Miguel Nicolelis is a brilliant neuroscientist (and showman) who is constantly trying to explore how far technology that uses brain signals to control machines can be pushed.

STAFFFebruary 28, 2013 — Gary Stix

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