Temporary Blindness May Give You Superhuman Hearing

Losing your sight early in life is often said to heighten other senses, particularly hearing. A new study now shows that even a short, weeklong stint in complete darkness can result in superhuman hearing, at least temporarily. This suggests that a kind of darkness therapy may help restore hearing to adults suffering… » 2/07/14 1:15pm 2/07/14 1:15pm

Comment of the Day: Science of Fear Edition

In today's comments we speculated on which of our favorite on-screen characters were just one step away from a pink slip, chose the super powers we would most like to have in our arsenal of fun, and (just in time for Halloween!) unlocked some secrets of what the brain does with fear. » 10/29/13 4:40pm 10/29/13 4:40pm

The Real Reason Why Sleep Deprivation Can Destroy You

We've all experienced the grinding headache and bodily misery that comes from a few nights of not enough sleep. But why does a sleep deficit wreak such havoc with your normal functioning? New research suggests that sleep fulfills a vital function, and missing sleep can ruin you, even worse than you already suspected. » 10/18/13 8:00am 10/18/13 8:00am

This mysterious brain-eating amoeba is the stuff of nightmares

A microscopic view of the brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri reveals a trio of feeding structures, twisted into a macabre clown-face. The parasitic organism – which lives in warm bodies of fresh water – has infected 128 people since 1962. Only one has survived. » 8/06/13 4:00pm 8/06/13 4:00pm

Why Your Memory Sucks (and What You Can Do About It)

Human memory is quirky, complicated, and unreliable. Even when we think we're remembering everything accurately, chances are things have gotten twisted along the way. Let’s take a look at why your memory sucks, and how you can change that. » 6/27/13 2:46pm 6/27/13 2:46pm

Microscopic carbon probe can measure the activity of a single neuron

Scientists have used carbon nanotubes to engineer an astonishingly small electrode, pictured here, that is thin and long enough to record electrical activity within individual neurons. » 6/24/13 9:40am 6/24/13 9:40am

If your brain were a computer, how much storage space would it have?

The comparison between the human brain and a computer is not a perfect one, but it does lend itself to some interesting lines of inquiry. For instance: what is the storage capacity of your brain? » 5/24/13 1:00pm 5/24/13 1:00pm

Obama has announced a $100-million brain mapping project

President Obama announced plans this morning for a long-term research project to improve our understanding of the brain. Comparing it to the Human Genome Project, Obama said the brain-mapping initiative could lead to cures for diseases like Alzheimer's and autism, while fueling economic growth and job creation. Here's… » 4/02/13 9:30am 4/02/13 9:30am

Striking paintings combine Japanese watercolor with the structures of…

After receiving his Phd in neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania, Greg Dunn decided to explore the structures of the brain and the rest of the nervous system through the medium of paint. Informed by Japanese sumi-e ink wash painting, Dunn paints meditative scenes of neurons the way many artists have painted… » 3/10/13 11:00am 3/10/13 11:00am

Procrastinating by watching this video about procrastination is a…

Mmm... can you smell that? That's the smell of irony. Or maybe it's recursiveness. Or is it the smell of being incepted? Whatever it is, this video on the science of procrastination by the folks at AsapSCIENCE actually provides some pretty handy tips for being productive right here right now, so you can avoid falling… » 9/20/12 7:00am 9/20/12 7:00am

Why The Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

The myth of the logical left hemisphere and the creative right hemisphere has become a powerful and useful metaphor for understanding the human brain. But while this notion is not entirely unfounded, it's one that psychologist Christian Jarrett says we should challenge. Find out what the left-brain/right-brain model… » 7/05/12 11:08am 7/05/12 11:08am

Incredible X-ray Image of the Boy Who Survived a Spear Through the…

Yasser Lopez's head was run clean through by a fishing spear just twelve days ago — but the Miami teenager has already been moved out of intensive care, and doctors are optimistic about his recovery. Phineas Gage, eat your heart out. » 6/19/12 11:00am 6/19/12 11:00am

164 years later, researchers map Phineas Gage's pierced brain

In 1845, an iron rod pierced railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage's brain, changing neuroscience forever. Now, more than 150 years later, neuroscientists have created a diagram of Gage's brain, figuring out just which connections were changed by his accident. » 5/20/12 10:00am 5/20/12 10:00am