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Don’t Fail the Future: Science as a National Choice

As the government shutdown nears the two week mark, it’s worth examining the effect of this latest political showdown on American science, and what this says about our collective values. This value conversation is relevant on the heels of Nobel prize winning scientists being placed on furlough while the congressional gym remains open. Continue reading

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Neural Circuits of Fair Play Discovered in the Human Brain

“Listen to your conscience,” my mother would say.But where does that mysterious urge to do what is right come from? Scientists have now pinpointed the brain circuitry that compels us to behave according to social norms; moreover, researchers can boost a person’s fairness by exciting this brain region, and promote cheating by inhibiting this bit of brain tissue.

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Map the Brain–Not Just Neurons

In any major mapping expedition shouldn’t the first priority be to survey the uncharted regions?  In mapping the brain, that would be charting the neglected half–glia.

The Brain Mapping Initiative announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year seeks to map and monitor the function of neural connections in the entire brain of experimental animals, and eventually in the human cerebral cortex. Several researchers have raised doubts about the project, cautioning that mapping the brain is a far more complex endeavor than mapping the human genome, and its usefulness more uncertain. Continue reading

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Letters to a young scientist

Born scientist.

It is a quite modest title that Edward O. Wilson has chosen for the book he published this month, Letters to a Young Scientist. As I began to read, I was expecting to find a list of more or less useful tips and tricks on how to become a scientist. What I instead found in this book is a deep personal reflection on what science really is and how scientists come to do it. Continue reading

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The science behind Obama’s BRAIN project.

On April 2nd, 2013 President Obama announced the BRAIN initiative, a project aimed at understanding brain activities at a level of detail that is unprecedented. A lot has been said and written about the initiative but some people feel in the dark as to what are its precise aims. Continue reading

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Barack Obama, Neuroscientist-in-Chief?

On April 2nd 2013 President Obama formally unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative  Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, which was previously known as the Brain Activity Map project Continue reading

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Happy Brain Awareness Week!

March 11 – 17, 2013 marks the 17th year for this annual week that promotes awareness and appreciation of brain research, founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain.

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