A thought requires roughly a million different brain neurons

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses how all of the parts in our brain work together to produce all of the simple and complex thoughts that humans have.

Observing multiple neurons simultaneously

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses the BRAIN Initiative and how his team plans to study neuron activity.

How does our brain use coding to interpret the world?

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses how our brain interprets information in a continuous way.

Responsive Neurostimulation to Control Partial Epileptic Seizure

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Jonathan C. Edwards, M.D., Director of MUSC's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, who participated in the clinical trial that led to recent FDA approval of responsive neurostimulation (RNS) for partial epileptic seizure, discusses how RNS offers for the first time two-way communication with the brain. The RNS device first records seizure activity and, once the electronic signature of a patient's seizures is identified, is programmed to recognize and disrupt that signature.Read “Conversing with...

Novel cell-based and materials science approach to target Glioblastoma brain cancer tumors

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Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer at Kansas State University are developing a novel materials treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.

History of Medicine. Plague and Vampirism in the Middle Ages.

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The Nachzehrer would be a special kind of vampire who lives in a constant state of numbness in his grave, without understanding what is happening around and just like a child, chewing spasmodically his dress. Martin Böhm wrote in 1601: "We have seen in times of the plague how dead people especially women - who have died of the plague make smacking noises in their graves, like a pig that is eating, and that while this smacking is going on the plague becomes much worse, usually in the...