Jon Hamilton

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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Monday, July 27, 2015

Try to look inside the brain, and you're not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.


Younger Adults With Alzheimer's Are Key To Drug Search

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer's in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer's drugs.


Women's Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer's Than Men's

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference say there's growing evidence that women are more likely than men of the same age to develop Alzheimer's disease.


Alzheimer's Drugs In The Works Might Treat Other Diseases, Too

Sunday, July 19, 2015

By targeting the process that creates toxic clumps of protein in brain cells, scientists hope to help not just Alzheimer's patients, but perhaps also people with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's.


Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.


Leading U.S. Psychologists Secretly Aided CIA Torture Program

Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The latest accomplishment for gene therapy involves mice with inherited deafness. Meanwhile, the drugmaker Novartis is conducting the first trial of gene therapy for people with hearing loss.


How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

When people saw photos that linked a famous person with a famous place, it changed the behavior of certain neurons in their brains. And it changed their memories, too.


Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hollywood's version of science often asks us to believe that dinosaurs can be cloned from ancient DNA (they can't), or that the next ice age could develop in just a few days (it couldn't).

But Pixar's film Inside Out is an animated fantasy that remains remarkably true to what ...


Chimps Are No Chumps: Give Them An Oven, They'll Learn To Cook

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

That's what researchers found when they gave chimps a device that appeared to work like an oven. The findings add to the argument that our ancestors began cooking soon after learning to control fire.


Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.

"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the National Institute of ...


Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Monday, May 18, 2015

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.


A Database Of All Things Brainy

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Researchers in Seattle are busy cataloging what scientists have learned. For now that includes detailed information on 240 mouse cells. Next up: a data trove of details on human brain cells.


The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

Monday, April 27, 2015

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sank while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster.


Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.


No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.


Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.


Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.


No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.


University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.