Tag Archive | Brain
D-Rose’s knee, preening birds, neurosurgery and more in this week’s LabBook.
Researchers from the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy are learning how to predict the future to improve performance of brain-controlled devices like robotic arms.
Primate brains, moonlighting rodents and more in this week’s LabBook.
On the cartoon version of a neuron, the dendrites are the bad hair day, the tentacles that sprout in every direction from the cell body or soma. Surrounding neurons make their connections onto these projections, releasing neurotransmitters that travel across the synapse to the receiving dendrites where they produce excitation or inhibition. Thousands of these […]
By Rob Mitchum Since its approval by the FDA in 2006, varenicline has become a valuable aide for people trying to get over the hump of quitting smoking. Marketed as Chantix, the drug has joined buproprion and nicotine replacement therapy as popular options for helping smokers fight cravings and withdrawal as they try to kick […]
In baseball, much is made of the half-second or less a batter is given to swing or not swing at each 100-mph fastball. But another important snap decision is made by the home plate umpire, who must pinpoint the position of the ball as it crosses the plate and immediately decide whether it counted as […]
What made the human brain? According to Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, it was a giant obsidian monolith inspiring primates to use tools and weapons. Scientists have taken a more nuanced approach, looking for the biology behind the complex structures and enhanced function of the human brain. But merely comparing the genes expressed in […]