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 […]

Berkeley News | October 6th, 2017

$13.4 million to build next-gen MRI brain scanner at UC Berkeley

Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, has transformed our view of the brain, allowing researchers to pinpoint areas associated with everything from depression and dementia to playing chess and engaging in sex. Its key limitation, however, is resolution: Even the most powerful scanners, using strong 7 to 10 Tesla magnets (7T to 10T), can often […]

California Magazine | Fall 2017

Dust in the Machine

Hear the letters BMI and the first thing you probably think of is “body mass index.” Keep your eyes peeled because “brain-machine interfaces” could soon hijack more than just the acronym. Jose Carmena was in a mid-Ph.D. crisis studying robotics at the University of Edinburgh when Miguel Nicolelis, John Chapin, and colleagues from Duke University and the MCP […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News

SfN Showing of My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

My Love Affair with the Brain A Film Documentary of the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond SfN Showing Monday, November 13th, 6:30-8 pm Marriott Marquis Washington, DC: Salon 5   How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a human brain inside a floral-decorated hatbox? Meet Dr. Marian […]

The Guardian | September 24th, 2017

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long […]

Neuroscientist Portrait Project: Krishan Aghi

The following is part of the Neuroscientist Portrait Project, a look at the lives of neuroscientists inside vs. outside of the lab with an emphasis on highlighting the stories of those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Created by Christine Liu and sponsored by Berkeley Neuroscience. All photos by Reynaldo Cayetano Jr. The portrait below was originally published as […]

Popular Science | September 14th, 2017

Squirrels are so organized it’s nuts

They use complex memory strategies to organize their stash. Squirrels are smart. One that runs afoul of a homeowner has to be relocated several miles away, preferably across a body of water, or else it will resolutely find its way back home. And this isn’t the only way that the rodents show their savvy. In a study […]

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