January 12

Dosing Dopamine to Regulate Rest

Sleep is great.  We all do it (sort of), and the fortunate among us can look forward to getting some sweet slumber every night.  But sometimes, something better comes along.  A new video game, Netflix series, or Tinder date might be so captivating that even late into the night, our body’s need for sleep seems […]

January 05

Brain Hackathon: Towards becoming the cyborg you always wanted to be.

  Ever wondered what the future looks like? I’m pretty sure it involves brain machine interfaces (i.e. the kickoff at the 2014 world cup in Brazil). Listen to my audio story about a brain hackathon- where nerdoscientists™ get together to create new brain machine interfaces!   TRANSCRIPTION NARRATION: Imagine a world in which you could play […]

Desnudo y Sin Miedo

Original por Megan Kirchgessner Traducción por Javier How El animal más feo del mundo. “Vertebrado del 2013”. Co-estrella de Kim Possible de Disney. Estas son sólo algunas de las distinciones más notables de la rata topo desnuda. Sin embargo, la magnitud de su peculiaridad y extrañeza es, si usted lo cree, enormemente subestimado. Cuanto más aprenden, […]

December 29

The Language of Arrival

Lots of sci-fi movies might begin with funny-shaped vessels landing on earth, but very few of them end with a (female!) linguist helping to save humanity by learning to speak the language of their inhabitants. As an only occasional viewer of science fiction movies, I was pleasantly surprised by the limited number of explosions and […]

December 22

Naked and Unafraid

En español Ugliest animal in the world. 2013’s “Vertebrate of the Year”. Co-star of Disney Channel’s Kim Possible. These are just a few of the naked mole rat’s most notable distinctions. However, the extent of their peculiarity and alienness is, if you would believe it, enormously under-appreciated. The more they learn, scientists across the fields […]

December 15

Get your brain fit

You can’t seem to get yourself to the gym? You are always lazy to work out or go for a run? This infographic might just be the motivation you need! And if you want to know more check out our video Get your brain fit, People’s Choice Award Winner in the Brain Awareness Video Contest […]

December 08

The neuroscience of loneliness

[En español] In this hyperconnected society that we live in, loneliness is an epidemic. We are going through times of profound social change, and the Internet and all the new technologies that go along with it are huge drivers in this, allowing us to remain connected with others without actually having to connect with them. […]

December 01

Stuff and Starve: A Means of Holiday Binging or Healthy Eating?

It’s estimated that around 248 million turkeys are raised, 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes are grown, and 7.5 million barrels of cranberries are harvested a year [1], all for our consumption (and I probably inhaled about half that amount on Thanksgiving alone). Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of eating, and a […]

November 24

The Importance of Being Roger Tsien

Have you ever had a moment when you suddenly pause and realize how thankful you are for something that is incredibly mundane? So mundane that it is taken for granted on a day-to-day basis? We often forget that there was a time when devices like a washing machine weren’t considered mundane, but rather “marvelous,” “extraordinary,” […]

November 17

Brain and Blood, Diseases and Drugs

Neuroscientists love neurons.  We learn about the endless types of neurons, the distinct ways in which they send chemical signals, how they connect to each other, and how these networks underlie behavior.  Most of us eat, sleep, and breathe neurons.  A smaller, badass group of neuroscientists instead champions glia, the underappreciated cells in the brain […]