For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another break-up and in despair about her future, she felt as if she’d failed at it all, and she was tired of it. On 6 June 2007 Debbie Hampton, of Greensboro, North Carolina, took… Read more

Regeneration of injured neurons in living fish has been achieved by scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München. To this end, they employed optogenetics, i.e. light inducible protein activation. The nervous system is built to last a lifetime, but diverse diseases or environmental insults can overpower the capacity of neurons to maintain function or to repair after… Read more

The human brain may be the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe, but researchers have begun to unravel the genetic code underlying its function. In research published this month, they have identified a surprisingly small set of molecular patterns that dominate gene expression in the human brain and appear to be… Read more

Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The findings show that neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets. Episodic… Read more

“Blink and you’ll miss it” isn’t only for eyelids. The human brain also blinks, dropping a few frames of visual information here and there. Those lapses of attention come fast— maybe just once every tenth of a second. But some people may be missing more than others, according to psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison… Read more