How To Murder Someone With An MRI

A little-known and harmless side effect of MRIs gives us an intriguing way to murder people. Tricking them into getting an MRI would be tough, but afterwards? It's almost too easy. » 3/18/15 3:40pm 3/18/15 3:40pm

Brain Scans Show Signs Of Cognitive Decline Before Symptoms Appear

Neuroscientists from the University of Geneva have devised a technique that reveals evidence of cognitive decline prior to the onset of symptoms — an indication that deterioration in the brain happens before we're able to pick up on cognitive deficiencies. » 10/07/14 6:00pm 10/07/14 6:00pm

Eerily cool music video features MRI scans of a singing head

Musician Sivu spent two hours inside an MRI machine to film the music video for his song "Better Man Than He." The result is this hypnotic video, which lets us see what literally goes on in Sivu's head as he sings. » 2/02/13 11:30am 2/02/13 11:30am

What do fruits and vegetables look like inside an MRI? Short answer:…

Over at the blog Inside Insides, Andy Ellison of Boston University Medical School has been throwing the entire produce aisle inside a Philips 3 Tesla MRI, revealing the otherworldly realms that dwell inside common foods. Here's but a small sampling of his many see-through delicacies, immortalized as GIFs — my favorite… » 10/04/12 12:45pm 10/04/12 12:45pm

First Ever MRI Video Shows Childbirth from the Inside

An international team of doctors and scientists announced in 2010 that it had recorded the world's first video of childbirth using magnetic resonance imaging. Now, that footage has been released to the public. You have never seen childbirth like this. » 6/26/12 11:00am 6/26/12 11:00am

Scientists have proven that, up close, your brain is plaid

We thought that the brain was a complicated snarl of interconnected wires, out of which bubble out complex thoughts and feelings. Turns out we're locked into a rigid communications grid from the beginning. A rigid, tacky grid. Take a look at the wiring schematic of your brain. » 3/31/12 10:30am 3/31/12 10:30am

Nokia has filed a patent for vibrating, magnetic tattoos

No, seriously. Go read the patent for yourself. The company is proposing "a material attachable to skin [that is] capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus [e.g. a vibration] relates to the magnetic field." » 3/21/12 8:35am 3/21/12 8:35am

Do eternally optimistic people just have malfunctioning frontal lobes?

From an evolutionary perspective, excessive optimism is generally a bad idea. After all, if you're constantly assuming good things will happen, you'll probably be ill-prepared when bad things inevitably come along. Now scientists have an explanation...which isn't exactly flattering to the eternally optimistic. » 10/10/11 11:40am 10/10/11 11:40am

Being depressed disconnects the brain's "hate circuit"

Depression is the most common mental illness, but there's still a lot we don't know about how the condition affects the brain. But now, a new MRI study reveals that depression deactivates vital pieces of brain circuitry... including, surprisingly, the region that controls hatred. » 10/04/11 5:00pm 10/04/11 5:00pm

Amazing video shows us the actual movies that play inside our mind

This is about as awesome as neuroscience gets. This video shows us some everyday clips, and - thanks to some super-advanced brain imaging and computer simulations - how those clips are seen inside our brains. » 9/22/11 11:30am 9/22/11 11:30am

See a video of a tarantula's heart beating

Scientists recently did an MRI of a tarantula. They managed to capture a video of the beating heart of the spider. Apparently it's like no other heartbeat seen before. » 7/01/11 7:00am 7/01/11 7:00am

Six Ways Science Can See Into Your Brain

It seems like every week a new study comes along touting the new ways scientists can "read your mind." How exactly do scientists and doctors manage to peer inside your skull? Find out in this handy guide to brain scans. » 3/17/10 3:04pm 3/17/10 3:04pm

Superconductors Make Life (and Science Fiction) Awesome


If you've ever had an MRI scan or accelerated a sub-atomic particle to near light speed, then you've experienced the wonders of superconductors. Here's how they work, what they do, and how they can be used in science fiction. » 8/17/09 12:50pm 8/17/09 12:50pm

What's the Future of Cancer Diagnosis?

I talked about the importance of early cancer diagnosis in a previous post » 10/09/08 9:00am 10/09/08 9:00am, and reader Ian wrote back to ask for more detail. Early detection can be life-saving, but accuracy in these tests is also a serious problem - a test that misses existing cancers is obviously bad, but one that detects cancers that there or …

Ingestible Robots Survey Your Esophagus, Stomach, and Intestines

Your body will soon be teeming with tiny robots. Last year, robotics researchers managed to guide micro-robots through a pig's bloodstream using a magnetic field from an MRI machine (just a dry run before the bots infest us humans). Now scientists have invented a camera-bot you can swallow that will slide down your… » 6/04/08 9:30am 6/04/08 9:30am

Scientists Use Your Brain to Read Other People's Minds

Your private thoughts could be used to pry information out of somebody else's mind. Today a group of neuroscientists announced they used test subjects' brains to train computers how to "recognize" electrical patterns created by thoughts. Specifically, they trained the computers to recognize thoughts about objects… » 1/02/08 7:20am 1/02/08 7:20am

An MRI Machine On Every Desktop

You'll be taking pictures of your brain while checking email with new, consumer-grade magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines developed by an Israeli company called Aspect Technologies. Yesterday the company announced a six million dollar cash infusion from a secret US investor. Usually getting an MRI is very… » 11/13/07 7:40am 11/13/07 7:40am