Addiction changes the brain in lasting ways, and some brains are more vulnerable than others

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But he may struggle to get his way without hard evidence of what, exactly, needs regulating

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Pain in the Machine

July 17, 2017

Pain leads to empathy and self-preservation: should we make robots ‘feel’ it?

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An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development

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Whether caused by a car accident or repeated blows to your cranium from high-contact sports, traumatic brain injury can be permanent. There are no drugs to reverse the cognitive decline and memory loss, and any surgical interventions must be carried out within hours to be effective, according to the current medical wisdom. But a compound previously used to enhance memory in mice may offer hope

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Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience

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“They’re not gonna want me to play ‘babies in space’,” says Greg O’Brien. “You know, where I pick ’em up in my hands and I swirl them around over my head like a rocket ship. I always say ‘Babies! In! Spaaaaace!’ “

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That’s raising questions. Scientists have taken another step toward creating more realistic human cerebral organoids, or “mini brains in a dish.” But that progress has raised fresh ethical questions, such as whether these organoids will ever become sophisticated enough to attain consciousness

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