Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school. For kids living in picket-fence suburbia, these experiences might be rare. But for their peers in urban poverty, they are all too commonplace

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A new tool for understanding brain diseases. Marius Wernig writes, “Our team at Stanford University has just figured out the recipe for converting blood cells from adults directly into nerve cells, or neurons. You may be wondering why anyone would want to convert blood into brain cells.”

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Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have synthesized an artificial human prion, a scientific first that could eventually lead to treatments for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other deadly brain-wasting disorders

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May 25, 2018

A movie you control with your mind. Richard Ramchurn’s The Moment lets you play film director, using just your brainwaves

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After the Violence

May 2, 2018

Peace efforts in Colombia have ended 50 years of intense conflict. Now, scientists are studying former fighters and victims as they attempt to heal

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A pair of neuroscientists are working with Major League Baseball to help measure the mental aspects of a batter’s swing

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Karola Kreitmair on how to develop consumer neurotechnologies that contribute to human flourishing

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Mass thought control may not be on the cards just yet, but mind-reading tech is developing fast. We need to be prepared

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