Stinging Cells Hold Clues to Biodiversity
The stinging cells of sea anemones and jellyfish could be used as a model for understanding how new cell types evolve.
The Unconscious Brain Is Anything But Silent
When under general anesthesia, cells in the cerebral cortex exhibit higher spontaneous, synchronized activity than when awake.
Strange Dreams May Help the Brain Learn
A new study by researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland suggests that dreams - especially those that simultaneously appear realistic, but, upon a closer look, bizarre - help our brain learn and extract generic concepts from previous experiences.
Video Games, But Not TV, Linked to Boost in Kids' Intelligence
Children who spent an above-average time playing video games were shown to have increased their intelligence by 2.5 IQ points more than average in a new study.
Psychotropic Compound Synthesized From Rainforest Tree
The bark of the Galbulimima belgraveana tree has long been used by indigenous people for both healing and ceremony. A tea brewed from the bark not only induces a dreamlike state but is said to ease pain and fever. To probe these effects, researchers have isolated more than 40 unique chemicals from the tree bark.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Increase Risk of Chronic Pain
New research has indicated the short-term pain relief offered by anti-inflammatory drugs could lead to harder-to-treat long-term pain.
How Repeated Trauma Affects the Adolescent Brain's "Triple Network"
Stress and trauma during adolescence can lead to long-term health consequences such as psychiatric disorders, which may arise from neurodevelopmental effects on brain circuitry.
Empathic People Are Better at Understanding Emotion in Music
People with higher levels of empathy are more capable of understanding emotion in music, indicating that music could be used alongside therapeutic techniques for social skills training.
Guidance Developed for Rare "Dancing Eyes" Syndrome
The first international consensus has been published on how to diagnose and treat a rare condition, sometimes known as ‘dancing eyes and feet syndrome’.
Causal Genetic Links Between Migraine Risk and Blood Proteins Identified
QUT genetic researchers have found blood proteins that cause migraine and have a shared link with Alzheimer’s disease that could potentially be prevented by repurposing existing therapeutics.