Fly Swarms Reveal Something Profound About the Human Brain

We think of our brains as single, unified organs. But a new set of experiments with flies reveals that certain brain cells in these insects respond exclusively to crowd behavior. And that leads to an interesting question: Did cells in the animal brain evolve to think using something akin to the wisdom of fly swarms? » 12/25/14 12:11pm 12/25/14 12:11pm

University of Texas Doesn't Know Where its Brains are

There are roughly 100 brains missing from the collection of the University of Texas at Austin, meaning that about half of the total collection is simply gone. The University had received the bulk of its collection of brains stored in formaldehyde in 1986, a donation from the Austin State Hospital (which was formerly… » 12/03/14 5:07pm 12/03/14 5:07pm

10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence

The idea that humans might one day become superintelligent — or invent a superintelligent computer — is a staple of science fiction. It's also taken seriously by scientists and engineers as a plausible outcome of today's technologies. Here are ten key books you should read to understand brains of the future. » 12/02/14 4:00pm 12/02/14 4:00pm

Are We About to Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier, and Transform Medicine?

One of the greatest frustrations for doctors dealing with brain tumors is called the blood brain barrier (BBB). It's the defense our bodies have created to keep toxins from passing from our blood into our brains — but it also stops medicines from making the crossing too. Now that may be about to change. » 6/18/14 11:00am 6/18/14 11:00am

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