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

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

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