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Blue Brain Project Accurately Predicts Connections Between Neurons
The Blue Brain Project has identified key principles that determine synapse-scale connectivity by virtually reconstructing a cortical microcircuit. Researchers used Neurolucida to trace neurons. (09/18/2012)

Neuroscience: Idle minds
Why does the brain at rest consume so much energy? Evidence indicates “the brain only rests when you’re dead.” (09/19/2012)

Mulling Over a Decision Makes People More Selfish, Study Suggests
Research suggests that the longer you think about being unselfish, the more selfish your choices become. (09/19/2012)

Scientists Create Atlas of Human Brain to Shed Light on Psychiatric Conditions
A comprehensive atlas of the adult human brain that reveals the activity of genes across the entire organ has been created by scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. (09/20/2012)

Brain Implant Restores Decision Making In Drugged Monkeys
Neuroscientists have made a brain implant that restored decision-making ability in laboratory monkeys whose faculties had been experimentally addled by cocaine. (09/18/2012)

NYU neuroscientists find promise in addressing Fragile X afflictions
Neuroscientists at New York University have devised a method that has reduced several afflictions associated with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) in laboratory mice. (09/19/2012)

IgNobel Prize Winners Announced
Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford win the prize in Neuroscience for demonstrating that brain researchers can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon. (09/20/2012)