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  1. BrainCraft Looks at Four Lesser-Known Scientific Discoveries (and the Rad Ladies that Made Them!)

    *Bill Nye voice:* NOW YOU KNOW!

    Go forth and wow everyone with your knowledge of achievements made by women in psychology, neuroscience, and biology!

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  2. Movies Manipulate Our Brains, Of Course, So Here’s PBS’ BrainCraft Talking Neurocinema

    Let PBS Digital Studios' BrainCraft explain a bit about neurocinema and contemplate the future interactivity of film.

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  3. Let This Neuroscientist Explain Some Of the Human Magic (Science) Of Baby Brains

    Must be all the pooping & crying.

    Babies might not be the best conversationalists, but their brains are pretty interesting.

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  4. One Nobel Recipient Accepted Her Prize Wearing A Gown Covered In Neurons That She Discovered

    As much as we don't want the fashion choices of the world's incredibly important scientists to necessarily overshadow their scientific achievements, you've got to admit that wearing a ballgown decked out in sequined examples of the very neurons you helped to discover is ridiculously awesome. It's like May-Britt Moser is a real-life Ms. Frizzle, except she uses her time and talent to help everyone, rather than send a bunch of ungrateful kids on impossible field trips.

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  5. Important Science News: Pacific Rim-Style Drifting Between Two People Is Totally Real

    See you in the drift.

    If you've always wanted to pilot your own Jaeger (and let's face it, who hasn't), have hope; for the first time ever, a study has proven that two people can transfer thoughts between their brains without the help of talking, writing, or any sort of invasive technology. I think I would like to name my Jaeger "Feminist Killjoy."

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  6. 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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  7. The World Science Festival Is Still Happening! Watch Today’s Events Live Right Here

    Because what's a Saturday without science?

    The 2014 World Science Festival started Thursday in Brooklyn, and continues throughout the weekend! If you can't make it to New York for all the goodness, don't worry - they've got livestreams for that, and you can check out today's events right here, at 2pm and 8pm EDT.

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  8. The Halo Headband Will Make You Smarter by Shocking Your Brain

    As apposed to other Halos that wipe out all sentient life.

    Currently, there is no excuse for using the tired phrase "put on your thinking cap," but the Halo headband is trying to change that. The small device sits on your skull and zaps your brain with electricity to increase your focus, which probably comes in handy when you're trying not to think about the headband you're wearing zapping your brain.

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  9. Apps That “Train Your Brain” Work, but Only Make You Better at Playing Them

    Kind of like how Temple Run doesn't make you a better runner.

    Games like Nintendo's Big Brain Academy and apps like Lumosity promise to help you train your brain, but a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience says such brain training activities only work at improving your ability to do the activities themselves.

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  10. Researchers Grow Tiny Human Brains In Lab

    "Guys, do you ever wonder if we're crossing lines into an ethical grey area where mankind was never meant to tread?" "Meh."

    Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have done the impossible -- or at least the creepy and ill-advised -- and grown tiny miniature models of the human brain in a lab from stem cells. Don't worry, though. They haven't been networked together into a terrifying living computer. Y'know, yet.

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  11. 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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  12. You Can Kickstart a Project to Bring Cyborg Cockroaches Into Your Home!

    And you can even send away for a kit to make your own remote-controlled cockroach!

    We've reported here before about electronically enslaved enhanced insects that researchers can control with the push of a button. Now, the folks at Backyard Brains want to bring that creep-inducing tech into your home with RoboRoach, a do-it-yourself kit that will let anyone turn a simple everyday cockroach into a terrifying remote-controlled cyborg bug. 

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  13. Want to Be Better at Math? A Jolt of Electricity to the Brain Might Do the Trick

    If you're not great at doing math in your head, you're in pretty good company around these parts. In general, too -- an estimated 20% of otherwise healthy adults regularly struggle to do basic arithmetic without showing their work. Don't give up hope, though! A new treatment being studied at Oxford University could make you better at doing math in your head for up to six months at a time -- and all you have to do is put on what looks like a steampunk gimp mask and let someone deliver electrical shocks to your brain!

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  14. OK, But Why? Phantom Limb Sensation Induced in People With All Their Limbs [Video]

    Today in Scientific Studies Sure To Make You Go 'Huh' we bring you the latest news from researchers at the Karolinska Institutet, who have succeeded in inducing phantom limb sensations that can make people feel like they have a third arm. After just a few minutes being exposed to an illusion -- having their own arm, which they can't see be stroked with a paintbrush while the air in front of them is stroked similarly -- participants in the experiment were so invested in their new limb that their stress levels jumped when the fake hand was threatened with a very real knife. Which is just silly -- everyone knows you can't stab a phantom hand with a regular knife. You need a +1 or better weapon for that!

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  15. Computers Can Read Your Dreams, Can’t Explain Your Clown Nightmares Just Yet

    Machines may be replacing us slowly, one human at a time, but at least we've still got our dignity, right? We've still got our dreams. Well, maybe not! Sure, computers can't take away your waking aspirations but now they are beginning to detect the dreams we have while sleeping. Worse, humans -- neuroscientists, of course -- are teaching them to do it! Even dreamland isn't safe anymore, but wait, maybe some good can still come from this.

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  16. Brain Scans Used to Predict Reoffending Criminals, Reality Edges Closer to Minority Report

    Neuroscience just sounds like villainy. See, where physicists tamper with the fabric of the universe and try to rip a hole into another, potentially monster-filled, dimension, neuroscientists study your mind. They want to peer into the center of your being and all that makes you, well, you. In this particular instance, neuroscientists are using brain scans to predict which criminals are most likely to commit crimes again. Fighting crime with science seems like a pretty good idea to me.

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  17. Wired Telepathy: Neural Implants Let Two Rats Share One Thought

    Researchers at Duke University have successfully wired together the brains of two rats, allowing the animals to share a response to a stimulus -- hitting a switch when a light flashes, for example -- even when only one of them is actually exposed to it. And the connection isn't just for deliberate decision making --after a prolonged period of connection, rats were even able to feel and respond to researchers stroking the whiskers of the rat they are brain linked to.

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  18. Can You Feel It? Neuroscientists Turn Off Ability to Feel Cold in Lab Mice

    For many of us, Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to celebrate the one we love. For others among us... well, we mostly just try not to hate all you cute couples too much and get through the day without feeling too many feelings.  For those of us who would rather shut down our perceptions today, there's a far-off glimmer of hope -- researchers at the University of Southern California have succeeded in turning off the ability of mice to feel. Well, to feel the sensation of cold, anyway, though we're hopeful that turning off the ability to feel the bitter sting of disappointment or the dull, lasting ache of loneliness is just down the road.

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  19. AsapSCIENCE Explains Everything You Need To Know About Love (Probably Not)

    Speaking from a purely hard science point of view, we don't get what makes that special someone so special... but we're getting closer to understanding it. AsapSCIENCE is back with its latest installment just in time for Valentine's Day, and they're taking a look at the science behind that crazy little thing called love. Sit back and enjoy it by yourself or with that special someone -- you might even learn a thing or two.

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  20. AsapSCIENCE Wants to Teach Your Old Brain New Tricks

    Sometimes, the best way to find out how a thing works is to break it first. Now, these interesting brain tricks from the folks at AsapSCIENCE won't necessarily break your brain... but they will give you enough of a pause that you have to put in some real thought about how your mind works, and the occasionally competing forces at play in your head. If you're not one for introspection, though, that's okay, too -- you can put some of these to good use confusing your friends for fun and profit! Everyone's a winner!

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