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The Limitless Drug: What If It Were Possible to Learn Any New Skill as If We Were Children?

You’ve heard to start studying foreign languages (and music and reading and memorization skills and more) at a young age, when your brain is better prepared to retain that information. New research suggests a drug typically used to combat epilepsy and bipolar disorder could help us retain that skill even as we age.

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Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience

German researchers report positive changes in the brains of recent retirees who learned how to create visual art.

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Brain Stimulation and Me

In reporting about electrical brain stimulation, Emma Young of course had to try it for herself. Would it change her?

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Could Something as Simple as a Mouthguard Be the Cure to What Ails You?

For Vince Clark, immediate pain relief for his son came not from brain-stimulating devices, but something more low-tech.

This Is Your Brain

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Hallucinogens, Starvation, and Magnets: A New Cure for Depression?

The standard treatment—SSRIs—doesn’t work for an estimated 20 to 40 percent of the millions who suffer from depression. Luckily, researchers have been exploring new alternatives that might just do the trick.

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Can You Supercharge Your Brain?

Applying mild electrical currents to your head could take away pain, help memory, and improve attention—and the U.S. military is very interested.

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How Lessons From a Brain-Infecting Fungi Could Change Medicine

A discovery raises the possibility of using a fungal enzyme to deliver drugs directly into the brain.

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The Brain Knows When There Are Carbs in Your Mouth

Our mouths have a secret sense—one that can detect sugar, even if there’s no flavor.

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A Measure of Consciousness

Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.

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A Near-Death Experience

Scientists are collecting stories of the near-death experiences of coma patients.

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The Mind Readers: 3 Scientists Working to Save Those Trapped Between Life and Death

A story of mind reading, brain injury, and attempts to rescue the hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from disorders of consciousness.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow Who Wants to Better Understand Psychiatric Disorders

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Science Writer Who Wants to Understand How Sleep Affects Our Health

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Addiction Researcher Who Wants to Translate Science for a Broad Audience

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you’re finished.

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Who Loves His Master? Brain Scans Provide Clues to a Dog’s Inner Life

New research suggests a region of a canine brain that is associated with rewards is uniquely activated by the scent of a familiar human.

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Will We Ever Be Able to Figure Out Alzheimer’s?

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

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Mapping the Brain’s Response to Art

New research finds a brain network linked to solitary introspection gets switched on when we encounter particularly moving artworks.

 

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Bored by Botticelli? Hook Up the Electrodes

New research finds stimulating a specific part of the brain can increase appreciation of certain types of art.

 

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Crime-Stopping Cars of the Future

New computer technology could prevent hijacking, drunk driving, and high-speed chases.

 

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How Did Our Brains Get So Brilliant?

Two words: open architecture.

 

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The Muse: True Inspiration or Total Nonsense?

Your muse might actually be real, but it doesn’t descend from the heavens. Instead, it’s sitting inside your skull.

 

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Our Cyborg Overlords May Arrive Sooner Than Expected

A group of scientists recently created a genuine mouse cyborg. It’s only a matter of time until those same advances are applied to humans.

 

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Brain Activity Provides Window to the Emotions

Carnegie Mellon researchers have identified distinct patterns of brain activity linked to specific emotions.

 

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Brands Are Imprinted on Our Brains

Research from Germany finds people like the taste of brand-name colas more than generic ones—even when the soft drinks are identical.

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Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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