Listen to a brain seizure turned into music

Yikes, this is all kinds of creepy. Stanford scientists recently took the EEG signals from a person experiencing a convulsive seizure and converted them to tones that fell within the acoustic spectrum of the human voice. The results will send chills up your spine. » 10/09/13 3:40pm 10/09/13 3:40pm

A silk brain implant that treats epilepsy then melts away

Tomorrow's anti-seizure medication may be a soft piece of silk like this one, planted in your brain, slowly releasing chemicals that have been locked into its absorbent fibers. That's the finding of a new NIH study, which demonstrated that epileptic rats given this treatment suffered from far fewer seizures. » 7/31/13 5:15pm 7/31/13 5:15pm

Was Michael Crichton right about a link between epilepsy and violence?

The Terminal Man, a book published by Michael Crichton in the 1972, links explosive violence with epilepsy. This isn't the first book to put the two together — the idea that epileptic seizures could cause violence goes back into antiquity. But is there any truth to this notion? » 5/21/13 11:06am 5/21/13 11:06am

In certain South American cultures, epileptics are "the undead,"…

An interesting paper on the cultural dimensions of epilepsy among the Guaraní people of South America has recently come to our attention. » 10/08/11 3:55pm 10/08/11 3:55pm

How an iron rod to the skull changed neuroscience forever

On September 13, 1848, an accidental explosion drove a meter-long iron rod through the skull of Vermont railway worker Phineas Gage. Incredibly, Gage survived, but the lingering side-effects provided science its first clues about how the brain affects our personality. » 3/07/11 5:00pm 3/07/11 5:00pm

The Strange Case of Seizures That Turned a Woman Into a Man

Researchers report an odd case in the latest issue of Epilepsy & Behavior. Whenever their patient had an epileptic seizure, she thought she'd become male - and that other women near her had turned into men too. What caused it? » 9/02/09 2:04pm 9/02/09 2:04pm

First-Ever Example of a Computer Hack Attacking People's Brains

Neal Stephenson speculated about computer viruses that could crash human brains in his classic novel Snow Crash, but the technology to do something like that has always seemed (luckily) far in the future. Now, however, computer hackers have created a loophole that lets them do it today. Over a month ago, a group of… » 5/08/08 11:10am 5/08/08 11:10am

Martian Invaders Go To Pinball Hell

There's something pulpy and eye-searing about these images of Attack From Mars, a 1995 Bally pinball machine. This guy is selling his machine online, and he's taken insanely detailed photos of every part of the machine, including a hauntingly gorgeous image of the plastic aliens trapped in a glowing red pinball… » 2/08/08 6:30am 2/08/08 6:30am