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How Can Mindfulness Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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In this interview, Johns Hopkins Assistant Professor Dr Neda Gould explains how mindfulness can benefit the brain, especially during the stressful period of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Sci-Fi Eye: How Artificial Retinas Could Help Restore Sight

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Artificial eyes are one of the most characteristic elements of robots in science fiction movies. But this technology may soon be moving out of the cinema and into the clinic, as part of efforts to restore blind people’s vision.

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A Second Chance at Sight? Developments in Vision-Inducing Brain Prosthetics

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Scientists have long dreamed of a prosthetic that would deliver video input to the brain, skipping over non-functional eyes or optic nerves. A new study takes a significant first step towards this dream prosthetic by using a novel brain stimulation technique to elicit visual images in both sighted and blind participants.

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Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data

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In this episode, we discuss the potential of personalized, precision approaches to change healthcare. We hear how cancer care has been one of the first areas to take advantage of patient-specific data, the risks and rewards of increased access to genomic data and how neuroscience is beginning to explore diseases of the brain at a personal level.

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Memories in Old Age May Not Be "Worse, Just Different"

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"Memory is the first thing to go." Everyone has heard it, and decades of research studies seem to confirm it: While it may not always be the first sign of aging, some faculties, including memory, do get worse as people age. New research suggests things may not be that straightforward.

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Neurotransmitter Ratio May Explain Why It's So Hard To Get Motivated
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There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet important factors in life. It's the difference between success and failure, goal-setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated - or even if we do, to keep it up?

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How Do We Remember the Order of Words? Single-Neuron Spiking Could Be the Answer
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Did the man bite the dog, or was it the other way around? When processing an utterance, words need to be assembled into the correct interpretation within working memory. Researchers have proposed a way in which the brain achieves this where individual neurons store and process chunks of information to build up a working memory for language.

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Meditation Techniques Could Bring End to Sleep Paralysis Terror
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Sleep paralysis - a condition thought to explain a number of mysterious experiences including alleged cases of alien abduction and demonic night-time visits - could be treated using a technique of meditation-relaxation, suggests a pilot study published today.

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Teach Me in 10
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At Technology Networks we understand that time is of the essence. That's why we've launched Teach Me in 10 a video series that challenges scientists to present and summarize their research area, a scientific concept, or technology in ten minutes or less.

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Green Apple Vape Flavor Makes Nicotine More Rewarding
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A new study conducted in mice suggests that farnesene, a molecule responsible for the green apple flavoring used in some vape devices, is not only rewarding in itself, but may also increase the rewards felt when consuming nicotine.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak
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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to the outbreak.

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Top Tips for Selecting a Custom Manufacturing Partner
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With life science industries facing increased competition, global regulatory demands, and pressure to shorten time to market, outsourcing part – or all – manufacturing is becoming increasingly prevalent. But what should be considered in choosing such a custom or contract manufacturing partner?

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The Markram Interviews Part Three: The Blue Brain Project
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In the final part of our exclusive interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss the goals that he has strived towards over the last 15 years – simulating the mouse, and eventually human, brain. We discuss the Blue Brain Project’s achievements and setbacks and Markram explains what he feels are the Project’s most surprising findings. Finally, we look towards the future – when will we have simulated the human brain?

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The Markram Interviews Part Two: Simulations and Experiments – How Can They Work Together?
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In the second of our exclusive three-part interview series with Blue Brain Project Founder and Director Professor Henry Markram, we discuss how brain simulations can benefit neuroscience.

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