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For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving

Source: New York Times

Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have implications for memory and even delaying the onset of dementia.

Brain Stimulation Partly Awakens Patient after 15 Years in Vegetative State

Source: Scientific American

The procedure may not work for others in a similar condition.

Intel's New Chip Design Takes Pointers From Your Brain

Source: WIRED

Intel’s new design, named after a submarine volcano in Hawaii, still isn’t much like a real brain. But it’s very different from a conventional processor.

Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain

Source: New York Times

A praying mantis outfitted with 3-D glasses during an experiment to determine whether the insects see in three dimensions. The conclusion: absolutely.

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

Source: New York Times

New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors. To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.

Brain Scans May Change Care for Some People With Memory Loss

Source: ABC News

New research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment.

What Goes On in Our Brains When We Are in Love?

Source: Scientific American

Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu, assistant professor of experimental psychology, and Ariana Tart-Zelvin, clinical doctoral candidate, both at Idaho State University, respond.

Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism

Source: New York Times

How we look at other people’s faces is strongly influenced by our genes, scientists have found in new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially.