Why You Sometimes See Motion When Nothing's Moving At All

When you've been driving down a long, straight road, and you suddenly come to a stop, does the road seem to rush away from you? When you look at a waterfall, then glance away, does it seem as though the scenery is flowing upwards? It's called motion aftereffect, and it's a kind of visual adaptation. » 11/11/14 8:00am 11/11/14 8:00am

Your Brain's Reaction To Gross Images Can Predict Your Political Views

Past studies have shown that people who self-identify as politically conservative are more likely to experience involuntary physiological responses to disgusting images. Now, researchers have taken things a step further by using brain scans to predict test subjects' political leanings with freakishly high accuracy. » 10/30/14 12:25pm 10/30/14 12:25pm

Brain Abnormalities Linked To Chronic Fatigue

People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are often told that their condition isn't real — that it's all in their head. It turns out this is true — but in a very literal sense. Researchers have learned that the brains of CFS patients have very specific brain abnormalities, a discovery that will lead to better… » 10/30/14 9:30am 10/30/14 9:30am

Breakthrough: Scientists Use Sound To Breach The Blood-Brain Barrier

For the first time ever in humans, neuroscientists have penetrated the stubborn barrier that protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream. The breakthrough means that doctors can now deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain, making it easier to treat cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. » 10/22/14 10:20am 10/22/14 10:20am

Paralyzed Man Walks Again After Brain Cells Are Injected into His Spine

Back in 2010, Darek Fidyka became paralyzed from the waist down after suffering stab wounds to his back. Now, after 19 months of treatment in which cells from his brain were transplanted into his spinal column, he can walk with a frame. Researchers are calling it a "historic breakthrough." » 10/21/14 2:30pm 10/21/14 2:30pm