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Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it's not shining in your eyes. New research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue... Continue Reading →

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Researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant

If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there’s a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it’s not pleasant. A team of scientists at Stanford University has identified a bundle of... Continue Reading →

Can excessive athletic training make your brain tired? New study says yes

You'd expect excessive athletic training to make the body tired, but can it make the brain tired too? A new study reported in the journal Current Biology on September 26 suggests that the answer is "yes." When researchers imposed an excessive training... Continue Reading →

Amputees merge with their bionic leg

Scientists have helped three amputees merge with their bionic prosthetic legs as they climb over various obstacles without having to look. The amputees report using and feeling their bionic leg as part of their own body, thanks to sensory feedback... Continue Reading →

Why is the brain disturbed by harsh sounds?

Why do the harsh sounds emitted by alarms or human shrieks grab our attention? What is going on in the brain when it detects these frequencies? Neuroscientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), Switzerland, have... Continue Reading →

Why Optical Illusions Fool Our Brains?

Optical illusions, whether used in a magic show or a neat illustration, can be mind blowing and it’s surprising how little we can do to see through them. Here’s how these illusions work and why we’re so affected by them.... Continue Reading →

Discovery of novel mechanisms that cause migraines

Researchers at CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur and Inserm have demonstrated a new mechanism related to the onset of migraine. In fact, they found how a mutation, causes dysfunction in a protein which inhibits neuronal electrical activity, induces migraines. These results,... Continue Reading →

Genetic regions associated with left-handedness identified

A new study has for the first time identified regions of the genome associated with left-handedness in the general population and linked their effects with brain architecture. The study, led by researchers at the University of Oxford who were funded... Continue Reading →

Lack of oxygen doesn’t kill infant brain cells

Nearly 15 million babies are born prematurely, or before 37 weeks of pregnancy, around the world each year. When born too early, a baby's immature respiratory center in the brain often fails to signal it to breathe, resulting in low... Continue Reading →

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