Laura Sanders' Articles
- The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to scientists who discovered how the brain maps our place within our environment.
- Most people think that sleep is when the brain turns off to rest. But a new study finds that even as people get their zzz’s, their brains remain alert. At least they stay alert enough to sort information as though they were awake.
- Boys develop autism at four times the rate seen in girls. Girls’ genes are better protected from the mutations linked to this brain disorder, data now suggest.
- Scientists have just begun probing the preserved tissue from “H.M.” Even five years after he died, this man’s brain continues to offer lessons on how people make — or fail to make — memories.
- Scared of something and don’t know why? Maybe your parents or grandparents passed along their fear to you, a new mouse study suggests.
- A new study finds that teens may act impulsively in the face of fear. This might help explain high rates of violence among such adolescents, the authors say.
Va-room! Playing a car-racing video game boosts the brainpower of older adults, scientists find. The new results suggest that such games that train the brain might slow the mental decline that often comes with age.
Two talented young scientists sat near Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama spoke to Congress in the State of the Union address on January 27.
The students were Li Boynton, a high school senior from Houston, and Gabriela Farfan, a freshman at Stanford University. Each had placed in one of two national science competitions in 2009 and both were invited by the White House to attend a speech in which Obama emphasized his goal to improve math and science education.