A horrified world watched the agonizing deaths of civilian men, women, and children in Syria writhing in pain as first responders frantically hosed off the cruel nerve toxin, sarin, from the bodies of victims suffering and dying while clutched in the arms of their loved ones. Such brutality is intolerable to a civilized world, and the gruesome scene provoked the President of the United States to launch a missile strike, blasting the Syrian airbase where the planes carrying the banned chemical warfare agent had lifted off.
WITH AMERICAN restrictions on travel lifting, interest in Cuba has skyrocketed, especially among scientists considering developing collaborations and student exchange programs with their Caribbean neighbors. But few researchers in the United States know how science and higher education are conducted in communist Cuba. Undark met with Dr. Mitchell Valdés-Sosa, director of the Cuban Neuroscience Center, in his office in Havana to learn how someone becomes a neuroscientist in Cuba, and to discuss what the future may hold for scientific collaborations between the two nations.
Mitchell Valdés-Sosa is the chief executive and co-founder of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO), established in 1991.
The new brain-computer interface enables HB to select letters on a computer screen using her mind alone, spelling out words at a rate of one letter every 56 seconds, to share her thoughts. Credit: Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, University Medical Center Utrecht
SAN DIEGO—A wireless device that decodes brain waves has enabled a woman paralyzed by locked-in syndrome to communicate from the comfort of her home, researchers announced this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
To understand this election you must understand the brain’s threat detection mechanism
Pollsters, politicians, much of the press and public are dismayed by Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the presidential election, but not neuroscientists. The bewilderment arises from an attempt to comprehend the election result rationally, but rage, not reason, is what drove people to put Trump in the White House.
I never imagined that someone I knew personally would become the victim of a horrible rage murder, but while I was writing my book, Why We Snap, the unthinkable happened. I tell the tragic story of the savage killing of Geoff Farrar by David DiPaolo at Carderock, a popular rock climbing area near my home, as a vivid example of the type of perplexing rage killing involving two very close friends that fill the daily news. Knowing the two men personally enabled me to provide their backstories for a perspective that is almost always missing from such shocking news accounts. But I had to tell the story as a “who done it,” because I did not want to undermine the trial in any way. I knew exactly what had happened from my interviews with the people involved, but until the frustratingly slow wheels of justice could reach their conclusion, I had to maintain the presumption of innocence and preserve testimony for court.
Hurricane Matthew has left a devastating wake of destruction and death in Haiti where nearly 900 people have lost their lives, but research on pregnant women who survived similar hurricanes reveals potential hidden victims — unborn children who face increased risk of autism and other physical and mental illnesses caused by the psychological trauma that a severe hurricane can inflict upon pregnant women.
A new study of 1,024 mammal species has determined which animals are the most vicious killers of their own kind. Killer whales perhaps? Pit bulls maybe? For the answer, just look in the mirror.
Hillary Clinton fainting at the 9/11 memorial this weekend has raised concern and speculation over possible causes. There are three causes of fainting.
Maternal stress in the wake of the attacks might have led to selective miscarriage of male fetuses
Today the world learned that neuroscientist Roger Y. Tsien passed away on August 24, 2016. His life’s work transformed cellular neuroscience.