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  • A new ultrasound technique shows the brain of rodents in action

    Laura Chaparro | 27 February 2018 09:00

    Although there are techniques to analyze what happens in the brain while executing some activity, a new method based on ultrasound solves the problems of the previous ones: it is portable, has a better resolution and can be used in movement. A European team of researchers has validated its effectiveness in active and anesthetized rodents.

  • “A massive and global effort is needed find out how the brain works”

    Laura Chaparro | 30 January 2018 10:40

    The neuroscientist Gustavo Deco jokes: "Basically, we do not know anything about the brain. This Argentine doctor, a triple doctor in Physics, Computing and Psychology, hopes that the joined efforts of all disciplines reveal the secrets of the most complex organ. He is currently researching the circuitous network of connections that are activated when we do something as apparently simple a...

  • Images of the brain refute a theory of the 60s on the domain of language

    Laura Chaparro | 19 December 2017 10:57

    A region of the brain that extends through both hemispheres, the planum temporale, is larger in the left than in the right hemisphere. The finding was linked in the 1960s with the hosting of language processing in the left hemisphere, but today European researchers show that this asymmetry is not a marker of language lateralization.

  • The brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep

    Laura Chaparro | 30 November 2017 13:17

    When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. The finding by a European team of researchers has also made it possible to analyse the scientific basis of consciousness, an increasingly important field of neuroscience.

  • “Magnetism in graphene can be controlled with hydrogen atoms”

    Enrique Sacristán | 30 November 2017 11:45

    Graphene has extraordinary mechanical and electronic properties, but no magnetic properties. This can be made up for with the help of the lightest element: hydrogen, which transfers its magnetic moment on coming into contact with graphene. This has been demonstrated by a team of European scientists coordinated by the physicist Iván Brihuega from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

  • ‘Low cost android’ to study the brain

    Laura Chaparro | 19 October 2017 08:00

    The two main pitfalls of robots which imitate the human body are their control and the difficulty encountered when manufacturing them in a cost-effective manner. Researchers from the MoCoTi European project have designed the prototype of an android which learns how to actuate its own limbs and can be easily duplicated. The device, formed of an artificial brain which controls a tendon-driven rob...

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