Brain Anatomy and Function

Image of neurons in synapse locations
Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
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A protein that makes jellyfish glow lets scientists watch the inner workings of cells.
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Smelling salts can revive someone who fainted, and some athletes have been spotted taking a whiff during games. How does this centuries-old treatment work?
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His catastrophic brain injury hinted at the role of the frontal lobe in behavior and personality.
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Beautiful music doesn’t cause goosebumps — dangerous music does. At least, that’s what your brain thinks.
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CRISPR Cas9, or CRISPR for short, is a new technology that one day may let scientists rewrite your body’s blueprints.
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Come join us and #showusyourbraincell! We are “Reconnecting our brains - one cell at a time.”
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Specialized janitors clean up the zone between two neurons after one sends a chemical signal to the other.
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A network of supporting cells, called oligodendrocytes, acts as electricians of the brain.
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Retinal ganglion cells are the conduit between the eyes and the brain.
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One tiny region, the fovea, has more cells — and therefore sharper vision — than the rest of the eye.
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The hundreds of visible bumps that cover your tongue are not, in fact, taste buds.
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The brain may direct movement, but it’s motor neurons that make it happen.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.