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Amid Growing Concern Over Head Injuries, California Limits Full-Contact Football Practices

Source: The Washington Post Early Lead Blog

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will limit football practices for middle-school and high school students.

Spark for a Stagnant Search

Source: New York Times

The Broad Institute announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.

Beyond Salty and Sweet: A Budding Club of Tastes

Source: The New York Times Well Blog

Although there is still no consensus beyond sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory, the research makes clear there is more to taste than a handful of sensations.

Sending Light Through the Skull to Influence Brain Activity

Source: Inside Science

Genetically engineered protein responds remotely to red light in the brains of mice.

Scientists Discover a 520-Million-Year-Old Brain: Neural Structure Found Inside Fossil of the World's Oldest Predator

Source: Daily Mail

The discovery reveals a brain that is surprisingly simple and less complex than those known from fossils of some of the animal’s prey.

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