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New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed

August 10, 2017

New Kinds of Brain Cells Revealed

Under a microscope, it can be hard to tell the difference between any two neurons, the brain cells that store and process information. So scientists have turned to molecular methods to try to identify groups of neurons with different functions. Salk Institute and University of California San Diego scientists have profiled chemical modifications of DNA molecules in individual neurons, giving the most detailed information yet on what makes one brain cell different from its neighbor. This is a critical step in beginning to identify how many types of neurons exist, which has eluded neuroscientists but could lead to a dramatically better understanding about brain development and dysfunction.

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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics’ Brain Race

By Serafeim Perdikis, Luca Tonin, and Jose Del R. Millan – August 30, 2017

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium. As the Swiss national anthem played, organizers of the world’s first cyborg Olympics hung a gold medal around Poujouly’s neck. The 30-year-old, who became paralyzed after a bicycle accident in his teens, had triumphed in the tournament’s most futuristic event: a video-game-like race in which the competitors controlled their speeding avatars with just their minds.

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‘Your Brain on Art’ Conference to Explore the Physiological Side of Creativity

By Kathy Pretz – August 11, 2017

'Your Brain on Art' Conference to Explore the Physiological Side of Creativity

An imaginative mind generates ideas that can lead to breakthroughs, but the creative process is still a mystery. Investigating what happens in the brain during that process is a focus of the International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and Neuroscience of Art, Innovation, and Creativity. Known as the Your Brain on Art conference, the event is scheduled for 10 to 13 September in Valencia, Spain. IEEE Brain is one of the technical sponsors.

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