Can science explain consciousness?

We have made a great deal of progress in understanding brain activity, and how it contributes to human behavior. But what no one has so far managed to explain is how all of this results in feelings, emotions and experiences.

Mini-brains grown in a lab are pushing ethical boundaries

Earlier this year, US team announced they had grown a mini-brain with neural activity similar to that seen in a preterm infant. The ability to feel or experience the world around them, may be just around the corner — and all the ethical implications it brings.

First-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm without brain implants

Using a noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), researchers have developed the first-ever successful mind-controlled robotic arm exhibiting the ability to continuously track and follow a computer cursor.

Electrical jolts to brain restored memory of elderly to that of 20-year-old

Gentle jolts of alternating current to the brain restored the waning working memories of older adults (aged 60 to 76 years old) to performance levels seen in younger adults (aged 20 to 29)—at least for a little under an hour.

Evidence for ancient magnetic sense in humans

The human brain can unconsciously respond to changes in Earth's magnetic fields, according to a team of geoscientists and neurobiologists.

Scientists Grew a Mini-Brain in a Dish

After years of work, researchers in the UK have now cultivated one of the most sophisticated miniature brains-in-a-dish yet, and it actually managed to behave strange by spontaneously connecting itself to the nearby tissue.

Neuroscientists Identified Brain Patterns of Consciousness

A new study has identified brain signatures that can indicate consciousness without relying on self-report or the need to ask patients to engage in a particular task.

Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech

In a scientific first, neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. This breakthrough could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain.

Artificial synapses made from nanowires

Scientists have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to both save and process information.

First-of-its-kind cellular atlas identifies neurons

Using a cutting-edge imaging technology, US scientists examined more than 1 million cells in a 2-millimeter by 2-millimeter by 0.6 millimeter block of brain, and identified more than 70 different types of neurons.

Tunnels Previously Unknown to Scientists Found Between the Skull and Brain

It’s not every day that scientists find a completely new aspect of human anatomy, but one study is providing exactly that, describing a previously unknown network of tunnels located between the skull and the brain.

Detailed atlas of the nervous system

Swedish researchers have created a systematic and detailed map of the cell types of the mouse nervous system. The researchers will now use the same methods to map out the human brain on a detailed level.

Scientists Regrow Brain Tissue That Was Damaged by a Stroke

Researchers have just made a breakthrough discovery in how we can possibly treat stroke patients in the future.

3-D human 'mini-brains' shed new light on major mental illness

Using human stem cells, researchers create 3-D model of the brain to study a mutation tied to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Alzheimer's Gene is Neutralized in Human Brain Cells for the First Time

US Scientists managed to identify the gene that caused Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but they also managed to neutralize the gene so that it did not lead to Alzheimer’s development.