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  1. NBD, Just Lab-Grown 3D Material That Functions Like a Rat’s Brain

    But how long before they can grow Krang?

    Rat brains are notoriously hard to grow without them being part of an entire rat. Some new research from Tufts University in Boston might change that, as they've discovered a way to grow artificial brain tissue that functions similarly to the brain of a rat.

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  2. Brain-to-Brain Connection Established Between Humans and Rats

    Step One: Learn to control rat brains. Step Two: CONTROL ALL THE BRAINS

    Harvard researchers have devised a way to create a functioning link between the brain of a human and a lab rat that lets a thought from the human test subject cause the rat to move its own tail. The research could prove to be a major expansion to the field of brain-computer interface (BCI), translating thoughts through a computer to another brain.

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  3. It’s Not All Miss Utah’s Fault That Her Response Was So Ridiculous — Some of It’s Biology

    Besides, it's not like she's wrong about needing to improve the education system. So there's that.

    I caught just enough of the Miss USA pageant this weekend to be weirded out by Nick Jonas and Mo Rocca existing in the same space, but not enough to see the unfortunate answer that Miss Utah contestant Marissa Powell gave to NeNe Leake's question about gender and income equality. The Internet has been tearing into Ms. Powell since, but I firmly believe that we should cut her a little slack. Yes, her response was cringeworthy, confusing, and nonsensical, but a lot of that can be chalked up to an intense case of stage fright. After all, how are you supposed to keep cool in front of millions of people and a Jonas Brother?

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  4. Well That’s Terrifying: Man With Chronic Runny Nose Was Actually Leaking Brain Fluid

    This is one of the most frightening things I've ever heard. A man in Arizona who thought he simply had a chronic runny nose has actually been leaking brain fluid, and it went on for more than 18 months. The man is on the road to recovery, but what's truly awful about this story is that one doctor said this condition can commonly be missed for a long time.

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  5. Science Says “Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye” to Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    Science, always out there doing things like landing car-sized robots on the moon and then making twitter accounts for them, or discovering the particle responsible for matter having mass and then shutting down for "upgrades." What has it ever done for you, personally these days? It's good to see some scientists tackling the important issues, like how to get rid of a song that's been stuck in your head.

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  6. Who Are You Calling Yarn-for-Brains? (Is it This Yarn Brain?)

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Norberg knit this atomically accurate brain that is now on display at the Boston Museum of Science because she felt that knit yarn could best convey the wrinkly ripply nature of our brains. There's even a functional zipper that connects the two lobes! You can read more about how and why she made it at the The Telegraph. Previously in Awesome Crafts

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  7. Your Brain Can Be Nice or Logical, But Not Both At Once

    Offering a sympathetic ear can be a kind and noble gesture, but it's one you should be careful of if you also need to be logical, say researchers at Case Western University. A study, released online today in the journal NeuroImage, shows that the brain is incapable of being simultaneously logical and empathetic. So if you need to be nice, get ready to stop being analytical, and if you need to channel your inner Vulcan, be ready for other people to call you a jerk, because you will probably be acting like a jerk.

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  8. For the First Time, Creature Without Brain Demonstrates Memory

    The slime mold Physarum polycephalum is not traditionally regarded as exactly the brightest of life forms. Much of this perception has to do with the fact that a slime mold is a single-celled organism that has no brain or neural structure, which is really a pretty solid reason not to give a creature much credit in the intellect department. Despite this, though, slime mold has proven surprisingly capable of solving simple tests and mazes in lab settings. Now, researchers have even uncovered evidence that the mold doesn't need a brain to demonstrate that it uses memory as a problem solving tool, a feat you can check out in a video after the break.

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  9. New iPad App Is Next Best Thing To Touching Einstein’s Brain, Unfortunately Costs Ten Dollars

    Who among us hasn't wanted to poke Einstein's brain at some point? It's every nerdy kid's dream, as well as a really good way to get kicked out of some pretty classy archives. Thanks to a new app from the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, anyone with an iPad and some kind of morbid inclinations can gawk at the brain that changed modern phsyics -- and in HD, no less! The catch? It's going to run you a couple of shekels to do so.

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  10. Scientists Discover Secret Behind Brain Washing (The Good Kind)

    There are plenty of things about the way the brain works that remain a mystery to us. Where does a memory live? Do we actually have free will? Why do I sometimes worry that I've lost my phone because it's not in my pocket even though it is clearly in my hand?  While science doesn't have answers to any of those questions yet, researchers have weighed in on a long-standing mystery of neuroscience, shedding light on how the brain disposes of waste and keeps itself clean. In doing so, they've discovered a whole new plumbing system that seems to shadow the arteries and blood vessels in the organ.

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