Pond Scum Leads to Critical Brain Research Tool

By Lily Whiteman, National Science Foundation   |   September 27, 2013 source: livescience.com http://www.livescience.com/40011-critical-brain-research-tool-discovered-nsf-bts.html video: http://www.livescience.com/40018-mouse-neurons-flash-from-pond-scum-dna-animation.html This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. The poster child for basic research might well be a one-celled green algae found in ordinary lakes and ponds. Amazingly, this unassuming creature —…

How Human Brains Could Be Hacked

Image Credit: Lightspring source: livescience.com http://www.livescience.com/37938-how-human-brain-could-be-hacked.html Like computers, human brains may be vulnerable to hackers. Technology is already allowing scientists to read people’s thoughts and even plant new ones in the brain. The latest episode of the Science Channel’s “Through the Wormhole,” hosted by Morgan Freeman, explores the potential — and dangers — of hacking…

Strange New State of Consciousness Could Exist, Researcher Says

source: http://www.livescience.com/39812-strange-consciousness-state-in-surgery.html (image Credit: itsmejust | Shutterstock.com) By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer   |   September 19, 2013 With anesthetics properly given, very few patients wake up during surgery. However, new findings point to the possibility of a state of mind in which a patient is neither fully conscious nor unconscious, experts say.