Our site recently ran a great story about how brain training really doesn't endow you instantly with genius IQ. The games you play just make you better at playing those same games.
In 1989, I was working as an at editor at IEEE Spectrum when I was assigned to write a feature on Bhopal. The thirtieth anniversary of that industrial disaster that killed thousands is tonight...
One area of brain science that has drawn intense interest in recent years is the study of what psychologists call reconsolidation—a ponderous technical term that, once translated, means giving yourself a second chance...
Virginia Commonwealth University is not exactly known as a big football school. A former president once commented that a football team would not be fielded by VCU “on my watch.” The campus bookstore, at least at one time, has sold T-shirts with the slogan: “VCU Football, Still Undefeated.” The school now has a club team...
A Colombian university is providing regular workshops on brain basics and genetics to grade schoolers from families who face a high risk of developing Alzheimer's in the prime of life from a rare genetic mutation...
Two new studies demonstrate the promise and pitfalls of the industrial-scale gene-processing technologies that define the meaning of the much-ballyhooed Big Data.
Scott Small, a professor of neurology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, researches Alzheimer's, but he also studies the memory loss that occurs during the normal aging process...
Baby’s first robot If you could only learn a language with the innocent receptivity of a young child. That adage, repeated ad nauseam, once an adult has decided to learn French or Tagalog engenders endless debate...
The discoveries that the brain has defined systems that track an animal’s whereabouts so it knows where it is (and where it was) as it makes its way about the world were honored on Oct...
A signature science program of the Obama administration’s second term—one intended to develop technologies and a base of knowledge to solve long-standing mysteries of how the brain works—has finally reached cruising altitude...
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