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neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

April 3, 2014

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.

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Biology

Scientists Reveal Structure of Pain Sensor

February 20, 2014

Scientists have finally resolved the structure of the molecule that responds to chili peppers, high temperatures and spider toxins.

genetics

A Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

January 2, 2014

Mysterious episodes of genetic duplication in our great ape ancestors may have paved the way for human evolution.

neuroscience

Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On

December 5, 2013

A rare brain stimulation study suggests that a brain circuit known as the “salience network” contributes to differences in our ability to overcome challenges and cope with stress.

neuroscience

In Brain’s ‘Rich Club,’ Meetings of the Mind

October 24, 2013

Neuroscientists have identified a network of highly linked brain regions that could prove essential in integrating information and facilitating higher-order cognitive tasks.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

October 7, 2013

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

networks

Nature’s Loopy Architecture

August 14, 2013

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.

computer science

Evidence That Machines Learn Like Us

July 23, 2013

Studies show that computer models called “neural networks” behave strikingly similar to actual brains when performing certain tasks, suggesting the two may learn in the same way.