This supremely complex organ is slowly giving up its valuable secrets.
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The human brain isn’t much to look at. In the hand, it is a jelly-like mass, easily deformed by touch. But its unassuming appearance belies complex inner workings, many of which are still a mystery to scientists.
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A growing understanding of consciousness could lead to fresh treatments for brain injuries and phobias.
As efforts to chart the brain’s neurons gather pace, researchers must find a way to make the accumulating masses of data useful.
Simulating the human brain is one of the most ambitious scientific endeavours ever undertaken, and daunting technical obstacles lie ahead.
Studies of Neanderthal brain development could provide insights into the evolution and inner workings of the human brain.
Virtual-reality mazes are helping to unlock the complexity of the brain.
Long thought to be a glitch of memory, researchers are coming to realize that the ability to forget is crucial to how the brain works.
Bringing together artificial intelligence and neuroscience promises to yield benefits for both fields.
Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.
As technologies that integrate the brain with computers become more complex, so too do the ethical issues that surround their use.
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