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Brain-Invading Tapeworm That Eluded Doctors Spotted by New DNA Test

Source: Scientific American

Genetic sequencing of spinal fluid hailed as an advance over standard procedures for diagnosing brain infections.

Bones Make Hormones That Communicate With the Brain and Other Organs

Source: Science News

Mouse studies reveal bone-body connection in appetite, metabolism and more.

Computer Chip Mimics Human Brain, With Light Beams for Neurons

Source: Science

 A team of engineers has designed a computer chip that uses beams of light to mimic neurons. Such “optical neural networks” could make any application of so-called deep learning—from virtual assistants to language translators—many times faster and more efficient.

Power Causes Brain Damage

Source: The Atlantic

A transcranial-magnetic-stimulation machine found that power can impair a specific neural process called “mirroring,” which may be a cornerstone of empathy. 

Mental Health Pioneers

Source: National Geographic

Doctors experiment with a new surgical treatment for mental illness: deep brain stimulation (DBS).