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Science News: Our Weekly Picks from Around the Web

Children’s Brains Change As They Learn To Think About Others
Researchers have shown that activity in a certain region of the brain changes as children learn to reason about what other people might be thinking. (08/10/2012)

Scientists Discover Stem Cells Responsible for Big Brains and Higher Functions
Neuroscientists from The Scripps Institute have identified a specialized population of stem cells that have an impressive vocational calling: higher brain functioning. (08/10/2012)

Living In The Moment Is Not Possible According To Study
Neuroscientists have identified an area in the brain, which is responsible for using past decisions and outcomes to guide future behavior. (08/10/2012)

Women’s Migraines Not Linked to Mental Decline
Researchers have some reassuring news for women who suffer from migraines: There is no strong link between the intensely painful headaches and cognitive decline or dementia. (08/10/2012)

Natural Birth Stimulates Baby Brain Development
Vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function, says a new study. (08/08/2012)

Device to Mimic Brain to Test Drug Therapies
Vanderbilt University is working on a device containing human brain cells that will mimic how organs respond to experimental medicines. (08/10/2012)

Chemical in Artificial Butter Popcorn Linked to Alzheimer’s Plaque Build-Up
An ingredient used in artificial butter flavoring for popcorn may worsen the effects of an abnormal brain protein that’s been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. (08/09/2012)