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Snow, outages play spoilsport at Gulmarg music fest


March 11th, 2012 - 7:29 pm ICT by IANS
Gulmarg, March 11 (IANS) Pine trees against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains would have been the dream setting for the ongoing Gulmarg Winter Festival but unexpected snowfall and power outages ... Read more...

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Scientists image working brain cell in real time


February 7th, 2012 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 7 (IANS) Scientists have, for the very first time, recorded live yet detailed images of the nerve cells in the brain of a mouse.Stefan Hell's team at the ... Read more...

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Protein key to storing long-term memories


January 29th, 2012 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) Some billions of synapses connect our nerve cells and keep our memories intact and alive for decades with the help of self-copying clusters or oligomers of ... Read more...

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Drug reverses damage caused by seizures: US study


January 2nd, 2012 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Researchers at Boston's Children's Hospital have detailed how early-life seizures disrupt normal brain development. They have also showed in a rat model that it might be ... Read more...

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Scientists isolate protein that sculpts memory


September 29th, 2011 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 29 (IANS) Altering tiny amounts of a protein in specific parts of the brains of mammals can profoundly affect learning and memory, says a new study. The protein, ... Read more...

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IBM unveils computing chips that mimic human brain


August 18th, 2011 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS
San Francisco, Aug 18 (IANS) IBM researchers Thursday unveiled an experimental computer chip that emulates the way the human brain processes information.IBM said in a statement that researchers have created ... Read more...

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Pill poppers invite more cycles of depression


July 20th, 2011 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, July 20 (IANS) Pill popping seems to be the easiest thing to do in the world, especially when trying to drive away our blues. But a study says the ... Read more...

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Elusive memory molecule identified


June 27th, 2011 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 27 (IANS) Do you have a tough time figuring out where you placed your car keys or recalling names at a cocktail party? Researchers have now pinpointed the ... Read more...

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Brain-like computing power edges close to reality


June 24th, 2011 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 24 (IANS) A new technique patterned on the human brain is likely to revolutionise computing power by performing at lightning speed and cutting down energy consumption. The research ... Read more...

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Temporary changes in brain speed up learning


April 14th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washinghton, April 14 (IANS) Temporary changes in brain could speed up learning, paving the way to improved treatments for strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain.Tinnitus is the perception of sound within ... Read more...

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Why normal kids with Rett syndrome become abnormal later?


April 14th, 2011 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 14 (ANI): A study has unravelled the mystery as to why children suffering from Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum, start out developing normally in infancy and ... Read more...

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Alcohol can help brain to learn, remember better


April 13th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): A new study has found that drinking alcohol primes certain areas of our brain to learn and remember better.Neurobiologist Hitoshi Morikawa said the common view that drinking is ... Read more...

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For first time ever, study proves common genetic roots for autism, epilepsy


April 9th, 2011 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): A team of researchers from the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) has for the first time ever identified a new gene that predisposes people to both autism and epilepsy.Led ... Read more...

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Gene linked to severity of autism’s social dysfunction identified


April 7th, 2011 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 7 (ANI): Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a gene associated with autism that appears to be linked very specifically to the severity of social interaction deficits.The gene, GRIP1 (glutamate receptor ... Read more...

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Brain molecules linked to long-term memories discovered


March 21st, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 21 (ANI): Wondering how you remember the colour of your loved one's eyes for years?Scientists believe that long-term potentiation (LTP) - the long-lasting increase of signals across a connection ... Read more...

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Here come clues to long-term memory making


March 21st, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 21 (IANS) You may recall the exact shade of your beloved's eyes for years. But how do you do it? Answer to the question may have a bearing ... Read more...

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Memory ‘may be built with Lego-like building blocks of knowledge’


March 18th, 2011 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 18 (ANI): How does our brain create memories and store information?While many neuroscientists consider the human brain as being totally malleable, a Swiss scientist has suggested that its neurons may ... Read more...

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Why minor details are linked to long-term memories


January 14th, 2011 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Scientists have found why we remember the smallest of details of an episode even after a long period of time."Our finding explains, at least partially, why seemingly ... Read more...

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Emotional stress can change brain function


January 13th, 2011 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): Researchers have found that a single exposure to acute stress affected information processing in the cerebellum - the area of the brain responsible for motor control and movement ... Read more...

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New discovery may lead to advances in treating anxiety disorders


January 8th, 2011 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 08 (ANI): UCLA life scientists have discovered what may be a completely unexplored drug target for the treatment of anxiety disorders.Normally, when people or animals experience a frightening event, ... Read more...

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Scientists identify proteins that can check 130 illnesses


December 20th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 20 (IANS) Scientists have identified hundreds of brain-related proteins, faults in which cause 130 illnesses including Alzheimer's and autism.The breakthrough could greatly speed the development of new drugs for degenerative ... Read more...

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Diabetes can impact cholesterol synthesis in the brain: Study


December 1st, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): A new study from the Joslin Diabetes Center suggests that diabetes can affect how much cholesterol the brain can make.The brain contains more cholesterol than any other organ ... Read more...

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New study sheds light on the biology of autism


November 12th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): Researchers at University of California San Diego have discovered a new window of opportunity for successful autism therapy.Alysson Muotri and colleagues made the discovery by first transforming adult ... Read more...

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How body clock and sleep affect brain connections between night and day


October 7th, 2010 - 2:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 7 (ANI): Using zebrafish, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have shown how the circadian clock and sleep affect the scope of neuron-to-neuron connections in a particular region of the ... Read more...

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Cambridge University academics to probe ‘Twilight’ zone of teenage mind


September 4th, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 4 (ANI): Wondering why teenagers are hooked to Vampire novels and Harry Potter? The answer may not be too far as Cambridge University (CU) academics are set to have a ... Read more...

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First genetic link to common migraine found


August 30th, 2010 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 30 (ANI): In a first of its kind study, scientists have traced genetic risk associated with migraine attacks, which might make it possible for the novel therapeutics to prevent migraine ... Read more...

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New mechanism of memory formation discovered


August 26th, 2010 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 26 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a novel mechanism that plays a critical role in the formation of long-term memory.The findings from researchers at the Florida campus of The Scripps ... Read more...

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Why Alzheimer’s drug is both safe and effective


August 19th, 2010 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 19 (ANI): A new study has unravelled exactly how memantine-a drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease- helps patients without causing serious side effects.It is known that memantine (marketed in the ... Read more...

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Exercise, caloric restriction may delay debilitating effects of aging


August 3rd, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 03 (ANI): A new research at the Harvard University has found out a mechanism through which caloric restriction and exercise may delay some of the debilitating effects of aging by ... Read more...

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Memory’s master switch found


July 30th, 2010 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found memory's master switch- GABA (?-Aminobutyric acid), a natural molecule that occurs in the brain, which could be the main factor in ... Read more...

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Here’s why you get wiser as you age


June 25th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 25 (ANI): Our brain slows down in old age making us less impulsive and driven by emotion. And this is when we gain wisdom, according to researchers.American researchers conducted a ... Read more...

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Study suggests possibilities for treatments for anxiety disorders


June 4th, 2010 - 6:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 4 (ANI): A memory of safety can now be induced in rats' brain, mimicking the effect of training.The study, which was carried out with support from the National Institute ... Read more...

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Scientists Try To Create Artificial Cat-Level Brain


May 3rd, 2010 - 7:13 pm ICT by GD
By Madhuri Dey May 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Isaac Asimov's stories might just be turning into reality. At least by part. Scientists, backed by the Pentagon, are aiming to make androids. Well, sort of. ... Read more...

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American Scientists Endeavoring To Procreate A Cat-Level Brain


May 3rd, 2010 - 6:57 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
May 3, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Pentagon-backed scientists aspire to generate a human-like engine in the future. But they are starting off with the aspiration of constructing artificial astuteness on the ... Read more...

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Two new genes linked to autism


May 3rd, 2010 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 3 (ANI): Scientists have identified two additional genes that may be associated with autism.Study co-author Ning Lei, a researcher at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Studies, said that ... Read more...

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