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Brain Enhancement: October Issue of <i>Scientific American</i>

Brain Enhancement: October Issue of Scientific American

In this episode Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the contents of the October issue of Scientific American, including articles on brain enhancement, lost cities of the Amazon and a century-old plan to make subway rides more entertaining

October 14, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
Teen Inventors Fight Tinnitus

Teen Inventors Fight Tinnitus

Irish teenagers Eimear O'Carroll and Rhona Togher have developed a treatment they hope will help people with tinnitus, an unpleasant ringing in the ears. Cynthia Graber reports

September 28, 2009
Drink Now, Pay Later

Drink Now, Pay Later

A study with animals in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that alcohol abuse in adolescence leads to a lifetime of poor decision-making skills. Karen Hopkin reports

September 23, 2009
Scary Music Scarier with Eyes Shut

Scary Music Scarier with Eyes Shut

In the journal Public Library of Science ONE, researchers report that listening to scary music with eyes shut may intensify the emotional experience. Cynthia Graber reports

September 22, 2009
Torture Interferes with Memory

Torture Interferes with Memory

In the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychologist Share O'Mara notes that torture can interfere with the brain's memory retrieval apparatus, making it counterproductive to the aim of producing useful information. Karen Hopkin reports

September 21, 2009

White Matter Matters

Although scientists have long regarded the brain's white matter as passive infrastructure, new work shows that it actively affects learning and mental illness

March 1, 2008 — R. Douglas Fields
The Other Half of the Brain

The Other Half of the Brain

Mounting evidence suggests that glial cells, overlooked for half a century, may be nearly as critical to thinking and learning as neurons are

March 22, 2004 — R. Douglas Fields

Keeping the Mad Cows at Bay

Veterinarian Linda A. Detwiler helps to ensure that a fatal brain disease that can afflict humans doesn't appear in U.S. cattle. It can be a thankless task

June 17, 2002 — Philip Yam
Lithium and Mania

Lithium and Mania

How is it that salts of lithium have a beneficial effect on people in a pathologically manic state? Clues to the answer may be found in the ways the lithium ion moves through the membranes of cells

April 1, 1981 — Daniel C. Tosteson
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