While Ms. Swift observes the birds from a distance, another person walks up to the birds, wearing a latex mask and a sign that reads “UW CROW STUDY.” In the accomplice’s hands is a taxidermied crow, presented like a tray of hors d’oeuvres. This performance is not surreal street theater, but an experiment designed to explore a deep biological question: What do crows understand about death?

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The story of a 23 year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who chooses cryopreservation raises important questions about our understanding of transition from life to death. Our Peter Young comments

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Hungry?

September 25, 2015

Food choices are often influenced by forces out of your control

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“Guess what I’m thinking about” In the experiment, Rao and colleagues built upon previous research from their lab and others to design the brain-to-brain interface

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Treatment of developing brains offers greater scope for improvement but also intensifies risks

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A whopping 87 out of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science have tested for positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that causes memory loss, dementia, and depression

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Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

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In this installment of NPR’s series Inside Alzheimer’s, we hear from Greg O’Brien about his decision to forgo treatment for another life-threatening illness. A longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., O’Brien was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009

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