Explore the Inside of a Fruit Fly Brain in Stunning 3D

Brains are really complicated, even for the smallest of critters. If you're a scientist who studies brains, then you might try to use some common words so that other scientists will know what you're trying to communicate. People who study vertebrates generally agree on their terminology, which makes mammal and bird… » 3/13/14 10:20am 3/13/14 10:20am

Brain Scans Reveal When Your Decisions Are Getting Risky

For the first time, scientists have shown that they can predict when people will make risky decisions based on brain activity patterns. Could this lead to a world where we consult brain scans to predict whether we're making a risky choice or not? » 2/06/14 11:39am 2/06/14 11:39am

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. Now, the first study of how abstract reasoning works in these birds' brains could shed light on how intelligence works in a truly alien, non-mammal brain. » 12/16/13 5:03pm 12/16/13 5:03pm

A new scientific explanation for near-death experiences

Many people on their deathbeds report seeing a long corridor with a brilliant light at the end of it. Could it be heaven? Probably not. New research shows that these near-death visions may be linked to intense electrical surges that cause "hyper real" thoughts in our brains. » 8/13/13 12:00pm 8/13/13 12:00pm

With this device, you can control a rat using the power of your mind

We already have brain-computer interface systems that allow people to control cursors on a screen using the power of thought. But what about sharing thoughts between two minds? A group of neuroscientists at Harvard have found a way to do it — with a human and a rat. » 7/30/13 4:37pm 7/30/13 4:37pm

Memory implantation is now officially real

The movie Inception is getting closer to reality. By planting false memories into the minds of mice, neuroscientists at MIT have created the first artificially implanted memories. And they've brought us closer to understanding the fallibility of human recollection. » 7/25/13 11:37am 7/25/13 11:37am

See the first ultra-high resolution, 3D scan of the entire human brain

An international research team has produced the first-ever ultra-high resolution 3D digital reconstruction of a complete human brain. At the astonishingly low resolution of 20-microns, the new scans are providing an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the mind. » 6/20/13 1:08pm 6/20/13 1:08pm

Here's the Real Reason Why Virtual Reality Doesn't Work Yet

It's another blow for immersive virtual reality. University of California researchers have shown that even people with perfect eyesight navigate the world by relying on a lot more than what they see. Here's why VR won't really work until we go beyond visual cues and fancy treadmills. » 5/02/13 11:18am 5/02/13 11:18am