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Science News: Our Weekly Picks From Around the Web

Early nurturing fosters healthy brain development
A new study provides another reason why parents’ nurturing skills are crucial for children’s social and emotional development. (02/09/2012)

Neuroscientists link brain-wave pattern to energy consumption
New model of neuro-electric activity could help scientists better understand quiescent brain states such as coma. (02/08/2012)

Alzheimer’s brain plaques ‘rapidly cleared’ in mice
Destructive plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients have been rapidly cleared by researchers testing a cancer drug on mice. (02/09/2012)

Memory Can Be Boosted By Stimulating Brain
New research from UCLA shows that stimulating key area of the brain can improve the memory. (02/10/2010)

Therapy for MS prods brain to re-cloak neurons
A new gene therapy, applied directly to the brain, may help protect neurons from damage by diseases like multiple sclerosis. (02/10/2012)

Nifty stem-cell engineering sheds light on Parkinson’s disease
Researchers at the University at Buffalo may have taken a significant step toward unraveling the way Parkinson’s disease assails the human nervous system–thanks in part to a nifty bit of stem-cell engineering. (02/09/2012)

Troops could ‘control guns with their minds’, scientists suggest
Soldiers could control weapons systems simply by using their minds, British scientists have suggested. (02/07/2012)