BioTechniques | October 2017

Sequencing Brain Cells

With nearly 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections, the human brain remains one of our greatest scientific mysteries, as well as one of our largest technical challenges. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the brain, the underlying causes of most neurological and psychiatric disorders remain largely uncharacterized. Many researchers think that developing more […]

Berkeley News | October 17th, 2017

Everything you need to know about sleep, but are too tired to ask

Ask neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of the new book, Why We Sleep, about the downside of pulling an all-nighter, and he’ll rattle off a list of ill effects that range from memory loss and a compromised immune system to junk food cravings and wild mood swings. There was that time, for instance, when two straitlaced football […]

Berkeley News | October 16th, 2017

Michael Yartsev awarded prestigious Packard fellowship

UC Berkeley neuroscience and engineering professor Michael Yartsev has been awarded a 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The fellowships, given by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, go to 18 of the nation’s most innovative, early-career scientists and engineers. Yartsev will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue new research into how our brains […]

NPR | October 16th, 2017

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark. “Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” Walker says. “Many people walk through their lives in […]

Berkeley News | October 11th, 2017

Fever in early pregnancy linked to birth defects, animal study shows

Fevers in a mother’s first trimester of pregnancy increase the baby’s risk for some heart defects and facial deformities such as cleft lip or palate, but exactly how this happens is unclear. Scientists have debated whether a virus or other infection causes the defects, or if fever alone is the problem. UC Berkeley researchers have […]

BOLD | October 11th, 2017

Kids growing up in poverty struggle to acquire vital cognitive abilities

Silvia Bunge, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about the two cognitive abilities that are essential for good life outcomes: self-regulation and reasoning ability. The area of the brain where these abilities develop is very sensitive to environment. She is developing a new study aimed at examining at whether, how and when intensive […]

CNN | October 10th, 2017

How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects

Running a high fever during early pregnancy is known to be dangerous. A first-trimester fever can increase a baby’s risk of developing a congenital heart defect and certain facial deformities, such as cleft lip or cleft palate. But is it the fever or the underlying infection that causes the defect? A new study published Tuesday in the […]

The New York Times | October 10th, 2017

Exploring the Necessity and Virtue of Sleep

You’re really asking for it when you name your book “Snooze” or “Why We Sleep.” A reviewer is tempted to dismiss the former by saying that it lives up to its title and the latter by replying, “Because of doorstop tomes like yours, pal!” Fortunately, the respective authors of these books — Michael McGirr and […]

The Daily Californian | October 9th, 2017

Researchers at UC Berkeley receive $13M to construct next-generation MRI brain scanner

UC Berkeley has received $13.4 million to build a next-generation MRI brain scanner, which will allow researchers to view minute details of the brain with more clarity than before. This scanner’s new technology will increase the resolution of images by a factor of 20, according to a campus press release. Funding for the project comes […]

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