Nov. 22, 2013 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News
Brain Initiatives Galore, Smiles Aplenty
Nov. 14, 2013 | Nature Blogs
At Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego, scientists had the chance to get up close and personal with representatives from the funding agencies and to hear the U.S.'s BRAIN Initiative and the European Union's Human Brain Project. This article provides a snapshot of the presentations from "Understanding New Brain Initiatives in the U.S. and Europe."
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How Sequestration Threatens Social, Behavioral Sciences
Nov. 12, 2013 | Sciencedaily.com
Federal investment in social and behavioral science research has improved the health and well-being of Americans for years, but a new report from NDD United shows how discretionary federal funding cuts threaten the important work this funding supports.
- Read the full report from NDD United.
The Brain's Crowdsourcing Software
Nov. 15, 2013 | Wall Street Journal
Highlights work by SfN member Earl K. Miller showing that in order to detect highly complex patterns during a learning event, the brain integrates information from many neurons, much like the technique Google uses for its search algorithm.
- Read the full article at Nature.
Exercising While Pregnant Gives Newborns a Real Head Start
Nov. 16, 2013 | Scientific American
This article covers research presented at Neuroscience 2013. Findings suggest that as little as 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, is enough to give their babies a head start in brain development. The results of this study received considerable mainstream media attention.
- Find more information for the public with an interest in how exercise "Beefs up the Brain" at BrainFacts.org.
What's So Special About Science (And How Much Should We Spend On It?)
Nov. 15, 2013 | Science
AAAS President William H. Press discusses how scientific discovery, even basic research, is an economic driver and the amount of federal investment needed to continue to keep science as one of the contributors to economic growth.
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