Berkeley News | January 5, 2015

How songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Untreated hearing loss can have devastating and alienating repercussions on a person’s life: isolation, depression, sapped cognition, even dementia. Yet only one in five Americans who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Some don’t seek help because their loss has been so gradual that they do not feel impaired. Others cannot afford […]

LBL News Center | December 16, 2014

A Standard for Neuroscience Data

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a computational framework for standardizing neuroscience data worldwide. Thanks to standardized image file formats—like JPEG, PNG or TIFF—which store information every time you take a digital photo, you can easily share selfies and other pictures with anybody connected to a computer, mobile phone or the Internet. Nobody needs to download […]

Berkeley News | December 8, 2014

New therapy holds promise for restoring vision

A new genetic therapy not only helped blind mice regain enough light sensitivity to distinguish flashing from non-flashing lights, but also restored light response to the retinas of dogs, setting the stage for future clinical trials of the therapy in humans. The therapy employs a virus to insert a gene for a common ion channel […]

Berkeley News | December 3, 2014

Scientists detect brain network that gives humans superior reasoning skills

When it comes to getting out of a tricky situation, we humans have an evolutionary edge over other primates. Take, as a dramatic example, the Apollo 13 voyage in which engineers, against all odds, improvised a chemical filter on a lunar module to prevent carbon dioxide buildup from killing the crew. UC Berkeley scientists have […]

LBL News Center | November 26, 2014

Copper on the Brain at Rest

Berkeley Lab Reports Proper Copper Levels Essential to Spontaneous Neural Activity. In recent years it has been established that copper plays an essential role in the health of the human brain. Improper copper oxidation has been linked to several neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Menkes’ and Wilson’s. Copper has also been identified as a critical ingredient […]

Berkeley News | November 24, 2014

‘Sleepless in America’ documentary to feature Berkeley research

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and yet it is only in the last decade or so that scientists have begun to really understand why. Among other things, UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker has linked sleep deprivation to psychiatric disorders, obesity, risky behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and memory loss in old age. […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses

By Chris Holdgraf Remember the first time that you used a smartphone? If you’re like many, then it was a bit overwhelming – games, apps, calendars, e-mails, thousands of tools at your fingertips. However, you quickly learned to harness this powerful tool for work, play, socializing, and connecting. In a few short weeks, a terribly […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Redwood Center, where minds model brains

By Gautam Agarwal Our brains have the remarkable ability to guide us through a complex world full of uncertainty. Researchers at the Redwood Center aim to identify theoretical principles that can help to understand how the brain functions. The Center brings together mathematicians, physicists, biologists, computer scientists, and engineers in a unique collaborative environment. Together, […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

MIC-ing the microscopic

By Ben Kallman In 1665, the English polymath Robert Hooke declared boldly: “By the help of microscopes, there is nothing so small as to escape our inquiry.” Three and a half centuries later, his proclamation, though perhaps still slightly hyperbolic, is more true than ever. Advances in microscopy and optics allow biologists to peer with unprecedented […]

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