Biosensor Protein Could Be Used To Detect Deadly Nerve Agent
Scientists have designed a synthetic protein that quickly detects molecules of a deadly nerve agent that has been classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction and could be used in a chemical warfare attack.
Clues on How the Brain Processes Sensory Information From Internal Organs
Researchers have used high-resolution imaging to reveal spatial maps of how neurons in the brain stem respond to feedback from internal organs.
What You Know Changes the Way You See Objects
Researchers have gained insight into how the human brain processes an object in the visual system and where this takes place. Their study shows people perceive objects differently depending on their prior knowledge and experience with that object.
Tiny Brain Area Controls Work for Rewards
According to a study, a small structure in the brain called the lateral habenula acts as a switch, determining when an animal is willing to work for a reward and when it stops working.
Second Law of Thermodynamics Helps the Study of the Brain
Applying the second law of thermodynamics to neuroscience has revealed new insights into the dynamics of the brain in different states.
Scientists Eavesdrop on Communication Between the Brain and Fat Cells
For years, it was assumed that hormones passively floating through the blood were the way that a person’s fat—called adipose tissue—could send information related to stress and metabolism to the brain. Now, scientists report that newly identified sensory neurons carry a stream of messages from adipose tissue to the brain.
Psychiatric Disorder Risk Gene Linked to Altered Brain Activity During Sleep
Young people living with a genetic alteration that increases the risk of psychiatric disorders have markedly different brain activity during sleep, a study shows.
Bursting Microbubbles Might Injure the Brain
A tiny bubble popping within a liquid seems more fanciful than traumatic. But millions of popping vapor bubbles can cause significant damage to rigid structures like boat propellers or bridge supports and even the human brain. Fluid mechanics researchers are now one step closer to understanding these phenomena.
Antidepressant Ketamine Proves More Effective in Mice When Administered by a Male
Researchers have demonstrated that a stress response in the brain is essential for ketamine’s antidepressant response in mice suggesting new ways to improve antidepressant therapy for patients who do not respond to the treatment.
Binge Eating Disorder Patients Treated With Brain Implant in Pilot Study
A device that detects signals associated with food cravings and stimulates the brain in response has been shown to reduce binge eating episodes in a pilot study.