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Haunted House Science: You Don't Need Gore To Terrify, If You Know The Brain
How's this for a tale of horror? Neuroscientists who understand what scares you at the deepest level create a haunted house using their knowledge. Yikes. Actually, it's fun, and demonstrates how to "curate fear" so you don't need bloody gore to terrify; it may even teach you a bit about your own brain -- if you survive, of course...
After 7 Overdoses, Joey Searches For A Reason Why He's Still Here
It’s the first few minutes of the early morning that are really hard for Joey. For about nine years, until just a few months ago, he'd wake up -- in a bed or on a park bench or under the Tobin Bridge -- and immediately put a needle in his arm.
Visionaries: MIT Scientist Helps Blind Indian Children See, And Then Learns From Them
Pawan Sinha is expanding the project he founded to combine science with humanitarian work: It provides eye surgery for poor blind Indian children, and then advances brain science by studying them as they learn to see.
Could Tsarnaev Argue, 'My Immature, Pot-Impaired Brain Made Me Do It'?
A forensic psychiatrist examines the possibility that alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could try to fend off the death penalty by pointing to neuroscience on the immaturity of teen brains and the effects of marijuana use, but concludes that what will matter most is his behavior, not his brain.
Rare Good News On Antibiotic Resistance: Promise Of Tougher New Drug
Rare good news on antibiotic resistance: Northeastern University researchers report the discovery of a promising new antibiotic that -- so far, at least -- bacteria do not seem able to evolve resistance to, raising the prospect of a new drug that could kill even superbugs for a long time.
Why You Really Need A Flu Shot (Even Though The Vaccine Isn't Great)
By September, half of the flu viruses circulating in America were H3N2s -- displacing H1N1 as the dominant strain. And half of those were the drifted H3N2 mutant that’s a poor match for the current vaccine. But by then, this season’s flu vaccine was already out.