How Neuroscience Is Changing Medicine
Despite recent medical developments, our understanding of the brain is still quite incomplete.
What's the Latest Development?
At the Aspen Brain Forum last week, attendees were treated to recent marvels of neurological science including protheses controlled by the mind and artificial visual systems that allow the blind to see. "At the Aspen meeting...Robert Greenberg, CEO of Second Sight, described how his medical-device company developed a prosthetic-sight system. In its current form, the system transmits image data from a camera to a 60-pixel implant in the retina. However, the company is talking about a future version of the system that bypasses the eye altogether and instead sends the image information directly into the visual cortex."
What's the Big Idea?
Despite recent medical developments, our understanding of the brain is still quite incomplete. It is for this reason that American and European governments have pledged $100 million and $1.3 billion, respectively, toward mapping neuron and circuit-level activity in the brain. New medical techniques are proof that progress does not depend entirely on understanding, and that patient health may improve without knowing all the answers. "It's so difficult to get anything to work in the human brain at all," said Ed Boyden, an MIT neuroscientist. "It’s enormously complex, and the risk for patients is high."
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.