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New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. 480 more words

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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