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Max Planck scientists image a beating heart in 3D.

Until recently, available microscopes were too slow to capture a beating heart in 3D. Now, a team from the Max Planck Institute has developed a high-speed, selective plane illumination microscope that manages to do just that. 296 more words


Increased levels of the body’s own cannabinoids impair embryonic brain development.

The human body produces substances, called endocannabinoids, that work in a similar way to cannabis. These endocannabinoids may not produce a ‘high’, but are of tremendous importance for the functioning of the neural network in the brain, especially during the embryonic stage. 311 more words


Backyard Brains: Controlling Cockroaches, Fruit Flys, And People

and some of the other crew at Backyard Brains have done a TED talk, had a few successful Kickstarters, and most surprisingly given that pedigree, are actually doing something interesting, fun, and educational. 349 more words


Oregon study details brain pathways linking visual function, running.

A new study by researchers at the University of Oregon published in the journal Neuron describes a brainstem circuit in mice that may help explain how active movement impacts the way the brain processes sensory information.  531 more words


Neurosciency Friday: Anxious crawfish, Warren Buffett, optogenetics, and more

Happy Friday!

I haven’t done a Neurosciency Friday post in forever, partly because in the last couple of months I moved, started a new job, and generally neglected doing all sorts of things in favor of eating copious amounts of baked goods, accidentally tripling pancake recipes (and… 290 more words

Neurosciency Friday

Noninvasive Brain Control via Jaws!

Mind control, we’ve seen several semi invasive ways to make it happen here from the Labs. Now those crazy scientists from MIT  have developed a technique that allows researchers to enable neurons to be silenced noninvasively, using a light source outside the skull. 798 more words