Neuroscience news block: octopuses on drugs, brain cancer and reversing blindness (walk into a bar)

While I was busy working an office job and preparing for a web development bootcamp (sorry, PhD… maybe later!) neuroscientists all over the world were busy discovering cool stuff. Like, did you know FDA approved psychedelic therapy trials for depression? Or that we as a humanity managed to start reversing blindness in mice? Or what octopuses do after you give them MDMA? Hopefully you didn’t. But even if you did, read on to find out even more cool things.

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Neuroscience news block: Best of 2017

Ho-ho-ho! Look what Santa brought us here! This awesome neuroscience blog has awoken from the master thesis-induced hibernation and is ready to bring the wonder of neuroscientific discovery to the masses again! What a great present! (I know, you might have asked for a new laptop or a promotion. Talk it out with Santa, I’m doing what I can here).

As this year (thankfully) nears its end I sampled some of the most interesting and prominent neuroscience studies of 2017 to make you go whoa. Buckle up kiddos, this one is gonna be a handful!

 

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Neuroscience news block: sleepless brains eating themselves, Elon Musks’s wizard hat, a binge-eating flip switch and more.

A lot has happened in the neuroscience world while I was writing my term papers and suffering at the hands of my master thesis: Elon Musk, for one, launched a company aimed at merging human brain with AI, while more down-to-earth researchers showed how brain starts to obsessively clean itself due to lack of sleep, found a binge-eating flip switch and a possible reason for why adults have more cognitive control than teenagers.

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Neuroscience news block: mysterious giant neurons, neurobiology of being fun and LSD potency explained.

Neuroscientists did not sit idly by in the past month: while you were going about your business they discovered a giant neuron wrapping itself around the entire mouse brain, recognized the differences between experienced improv comedians and newbies struggling to be funny (apart from the obvious jokes quality) and took the first ever 3D image of LSD bound to a brain receptor.

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