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U.S. Big Brain Project Takes Next Big Step

The group of neuroscientists  that is advising the Obama administration’s Big Science brain project delivered to the NIH its final report on June 5 with a recommendation that $4.5  billion be spent through the 2025 federal fiscal year to develop a set of advanced technologies that will enhance understanding of how neural circuitry works...

STAFFJune 5, 2014 — Gary Stix

Remembering a Great Science Educator

Seventeen years ago, Phil Yam, then news editor (now managing editor, online), was looking for a rent-a-kid to test out the newly opening physics playground at the New York Hall of Science...

STAFFMay 21, 2014 — Gary Stix

Just 1 Rock Concert or Football Game May Cause Permanent Hearing Damage

A single exposure to loud but not deafening noise may be enough to precipitate irreparable harm to nerves in the auditory system. This is the take-home from a new line of research that may help explain why many people, particularly as they age, have difficulty in picking out a conversation from the wall of background [...]..

STAFFApril 14, 2014 — Gary Stix
Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Neuroscientists need a statistics refresher. That is the message of a new analysis in Nature Neuroscience that shows that more than half of 314 articles on neuroscience in elite journals   during an 18-month period failed to take adequate measures to ensure that statistically significant study results were not, in fact, erroneous...

STAFFMarch 27, 2014 — Gary Stix
Can Acupuncture Reverse Killer Inflammation?

Can Acupuncture Reverse Killer Inflammation?

The ST36 Zusanli () acupuncture point is located just below the knee joint. This spot in mice--and it is hoped perhaps in humans--may be a critical entryway to gaining control over the often fatal inflammatory reactions that accompany systemic infections...

STAFFMarch 3, 2014 — Gary Stix
The Nazis’ Biowarfare Program at Dachau

The Nazis’ Biowarfare Program at Dachau

Hitler decided against Germany’s officially establishing a biological warfare program for reasons that are not entirely clear. Speculation has centered on his experience of being gassed in World War I and on a personal phobia about microbes...

STAFFFebruary 21, 2014 — Gary Stix

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