brains

Why Is It That Zombies Eat Brains?

Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast on the living has proliferated virtually every form of media that exists. One trait that is seemingly synonymous with zombies is their apparent need to feed on the brains of the living. But why is this idea so intrinsically linked with zombies and where did it come from?


Inside The Weird Brains Of Real-Time Translators

The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.


This Is What Cocaine Addiction Looks Like In A Transparent Mouse Brain

Last year, neuroscientists unveiled a remarkable new technique called CLARITY that makes whole mouse brains invisible. And now they’re proving it’s not just a cool trick. A striking new video shows the complex circuits that light up when mice experience fear or cocaine addiction.


This Is Probably The Most Disgusting Yet Most Satisfying Surgery Ever

Acute subdural hematoma is the technical name of one of the deadliest of all head injuries. This video shows how you get rid of it, which involves opening the brain and removing the clogged blood. It’s really gross, but incredibly fascinating too. Warning: STRONG IMAGES.


DARPA-Funded Researchers Have Tested A Drone That Can Learn

Almost seven years ago, we learned that DARPA was investing millions of dollars in neuromorphic chips. That’s a fancy term for a computer chip that mimics a biological cortex — a brain chip. Today, researchers are getting closer. And of course, they’re putting those brain chips in drones.


Scientists Who Discovered The Brain's Natural GPS Win The Nobel Prize

When you walk around a space, certain cells in your brain are quietly mapping out a grid so that you can easily navigate the space. It’s a lot like GPS. We know this thanks to three scientists who just won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.


Extremely Rare Case Of Woman With No Cerebellum Puzzles Doctors

A 24-year-old Chinese woman recently went to the hospital complaining of dizziness and nausea. She was most likely not prepared for the cause of the discomfort. The otherwise healthy grown woman does not have a cerebellum. Amazing — it’s the ninth case in medical history.


Crayfish Can Turn Ordinary Blood Cells Into Neurons

Whatever you happen to call them — crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs — crayfish are pretty tasty. They also have a pretty remarkable ability to regenerate neurons from blood cells. Understanding brain regeneration in these little crustaceans might one day help us understand how it could work in humans.


This Weird Rainbow Nipple Is Actually A Sophisticated Model Of A Brain

There are a lot of things I can think of when I see this gelatinous rainbow mass, but I do not think “brain.” Yet this funny-looking thing is one of the most complex models scientists have ever developed to study what traumatic injury does to brain cells.


Extreme Close Up Photo Of A Living Human Brain

Photo: A living human brain. Looks gross. But think about how amazing this is. You have one of these things inside your head, a mass of organic matter in which billions of connections make you — every memory, everything that ever was in your life is inside this mass. So yes, it may look gross, but it’s freaking amazing.