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Exascale Computing to Unlock the Mysteries of the Human Brain

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The human brain sequesters many mysteries. How does cognitive development take place? How does it help us learn? What causes brain diseases? An exciting venture involving researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Princeton University is preparing to unleash a $500-million supercomputer, dubbed Aurora, in the pursuit of these answers.

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Voice to the Voiceless? Researchers Translate Brain Activity Into Speech

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A system capable of translating brain activity into synthesised speech by decoding the movements of muscles involved in vocalisation has shown its potential in a proof-of-concept experiment conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisc

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Rap as a Tool for Science Communication

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Baba Brinkman, a peer-reviewed freestyle rap artist, shares his thoughts on rap as an effective tool for science communication and even treated us to a short freestyle based on three themes from the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience: "credibility", "decision-making" and "ketamine in depression".

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Sugar Shock Leads to Memory Loss

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The loss of memory and cognitive function known to afflict survivors of septic shock is the result of a sugar that is released into the blood stream and enters the brain during the life-threatening condition. This finding explains the premature mental aging that follows septic shock and may shed light on memory loss in other diseases.

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Drugs to Prevent Stroke and Dementia Show Promise in Early Trial
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Treatments that prevent recurrence of types of stroke and dementia caused by damage to small blood vessels in the brain have moved a step closer, following a small study.

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How a Shrub May Enable the “Impossible” in Treating Addiction
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Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression.

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The Neurobiology of Noshing
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When you eat something super tasty, ever wonder why you really don't want to stop even though you know you've eaten enough? Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine may have found the reason.

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Sensitivity vs Specificity
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When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.

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A Further Dimension to Drug Discovery: Combining 3D Culture With iPSCs
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Running in parallel with advances in 3D cell culture is the growing use of human cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells. Researchers are interested in testing drugs in the most physiologically relevant models possible, so it was only a matter of time before these two approaches converged – providing optimized systems for disease modeling and drug toxicity testing.

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Stimulation Gives Working Memory a Boost
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A new study from Boston University researchers suggests that non-invasive stimulation using weak electrical current can reverse the effects of aging on working memory, at least temporarily, by synchronizing different rhythms of brainwave.

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New Neurons Until Ninety: Discovering Neurogenesis in the Adult Hippocampus
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Far from being a process that ends in maturity, a new study has found that the adult human brain is capable of producing new neurons until the tenth decade of life. This ability is substantially impaired in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), which researchers say could help predict the onset of AD.

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Can Physical Exercise Help Keep Our Brain Healthy?
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Exercise might not be fun, but it’s good for your body. Over the years, science has well established that exercise can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. But the ways that exercise affects the brain are still under investigation, although new research suggests it may be essential for the growth of new neurons.

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World Down Syndrome Day 2019: An Interview With Down Syndrome Expert Dr Julia Kinder
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Dr Julia Kinder is a Down syndrome expert, national speaker, author, career consultant, fitness guru, and family practice physician. March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, and we caught up with Julia to ask her how scientists, parents, and doctors can work together to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome.

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