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The Human Brain

Weighing in at 3 pounds, the undisputed world champion thinker, the human brain!

While the brain makes up only a small percentage of your body's mass, it controls everything else you do — consciously and unconsciously. Fire up your brain cells to find out more.

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During Sleep

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean of Toxins During Sleep

Your brain works "like a dishwasher," washing away harmful toxins and waste proteins while you sleep, according to a new study. When you wake, you essentially "close the faucet." Get the details. More...

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NPR
Einstein’s Brain

Einstein’s Brain

What made Einstein so smart? Watch the strange (but true!) story of how Einstein's brain was removed and studied after his death. What has it taught us about the biological roots of genius? More...

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NOVA/PBS
Magic and the Brain

Magic and the Brain

Do you like the magic? Journey to Las Vegas and learn how the brain is tricked by magicians. But how? Keep your eye on the ball. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Multitasking Mania

Multitasking Mania

Are you reading this while listening to music AND watching TV? Then you might want to check out the SciGirls' findings on multitasking and how your brain handles different tasks. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
‘Heading’ of Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Damage

‘Heading’ of Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Damage

Head-butting the ball to redirect it is integral to the sport, but can it cause permanent damage? One study says yes. Take a look at the research. More...

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Scientific American
Brain Pictures

Brain Pictures

Your brain processes thoughts, emotions, sensations, and controls body functions. What ever you do, there's a brain part for that. These images show you where and how. More...

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Discovery
Allan Jones: A Map of the Brain

Allan Jones: A Map of the Brain

To really understand how a city works, map it. Allan Jones is applying that same logic to the brain: His team is creating an interactive atlas that maps which genes are turned on in each tiny region. More...

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TED
BigBrain Atlas Unveiled

BigBrain Atlas Unveiled

Coming soon to a screen near you: BigBrain! Scientists are set to unveil a digitized, 3D model of the human brain said to be 50 times more detailed than earlier efforts. More...

Article
AAAS
Mollie Woodworth: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Mollie Woodworth: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Meet Mollie Woodworth, neuroscientist who studies the brains of mice to learn about ways to treat brain injuries. And she's a cheerleader. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Removing and Preserving People’s Brains Just Hours After They Die

Removing and Preserving People’s Brains Just Hours After They Die

Take a look at neuroscience research occurring at the Brain and Body Donation Program of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute. The goal is to learn more about preventing brain disease. More...

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Discover Magazine
The Split Brain Experiments

The Split Brain Experiments

You are about to perform brain surgery. Read about splitting the two hemispheres of the brain, and then try it yourself — virtually, of course. More...

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The Nobel Foundation
$100 Million to Be Invested In Brain-Mapping Initiative

$100 Million to Be Invested In Brain-Mapping Initiative

The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — that’s right, BRAIN — is a $100 million research initiative from the White House to map the human brain. More...

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NPR
The Secret Life of the Brain

The Secret Life of the Brain

This website is for true brainiacs. Everything you want and need to know about the brain from a 3D tour to how the brain is fooled by optical illusions. More...

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PBS
The Virtual Body

The Virtual Body

Take narrated tours of the human brain, skeleton, heart, and digestive tract in English or Spanish. Then put what you learned into action with the interactive challenges. More...

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Medtropolis
Welcome to the Brain Bank

Welcome to the Brain Bank

Harvard has a lot of brains, and not just in lecture halls. There are more than 7,000 brains at the school’s Brain Tissue Resource Center, a/k/a the brain bank. Now open for deposits. More...

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National Geographic
Your Brain and Nervous System

Your Brain and Nervous System

Your brain connects you with everything else going on both inside and outside your body. Get to know your brain a bit better. More...

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KidsHealth
Designer Creates a Typeface for Dyslexics

Designer Creates a Typeface for Dyslexics

Christian Boer created a typeface that makes it harder for dyslexics to unconsciously switch, rotate, and mirror letters. See what "Dyslexie" looks like and find out how it works. More...

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Discovery
Funny Science: Why Do We Laugh, and Can It Really Help Healing?

Funny Science: Why Do We Laugh, and Can It Really Help Healing?

Is laughter learned behavior? Or is it driven by human instinct? And why does it help bolster our immune system and decrease our blood pressure? Examine the study of laughter and the brain. More...

Article
Britannica
Inside The Teenage Brain

Inside The Teenage Brain

Have you ever though that your parents just don’t understand you? Turns out your brain behaves differently from theirs. Unlock the mysteries of the teen brain. More...

Article
Frontline/PBS
Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Scientist Profile: Space Research Scientist

Andy Liu is studying how humans adapt to the topsy-turvy, zero-gravity atmosphere of long space flights. He hopes to have one of these experiments performed on a future space flight. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Scientists Explore Possibilities of Mind Reading

Scientists Explore Possibilities of Mind Reading

Will mind reading become a scientific reality one day — not just the stuff of sci-fi thrillers? A number of brain researchers offer their answers to that very question. More...

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USA Today
Spatial Scales in the Brain

Spatial Scales in the Brain

If your brain were the size of Earth, how big and heavy would each of its parts be? Find out with this fun look at the human brain. More...

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Ashfield Healthcare Communications
The Brain: Anatomy and Function

The Brain: Anatomy and Function

What’s the difference between the frontal and parietal lobes? The thalamus and the hippocampus? Not even sure what these refer to? Poke around this interactive brain to find out. More...

Interactive
Wisconsin Technical College System
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

In 1st grade, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was told she would never learn like other children. She went on to overcome her severe learning disabilities — and to help thousands more do the same. More...

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TED
You’re a Dim Bulb

You’re a Dim Bulb

How much energy does it take to power our brains? About as much as it takes to power a dim bulb. Seriously. More...

Article
Discover Magazine

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