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One step closer to brain-like computing

In many ways, we do not know how the brain processes information. However, we do know that the brain is mighty efficient at what it does. For instance, the human brain consumes only about 20 W, less than a standard light bulb. How does the... click to read more

  • Sacha van Albada | Group Leader at Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Theoretical Neuroscience (IAS-6) & JARA Institute Brain Structure-Function Relationships (INM-10), Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany
  • Markus Diesmann | Director at Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Theoretical Neuroscience (IAS-6) & JARA Institute Brain Structure-Function Relationships (INM-10), Jülich Research Centre, Jülich, Germany
Views 490
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 10, 2018
Innate immune memory – microglia as key players

Memory is the process of storing and retrieving information. In human beings, the brain is the central storage organ, and it is equipped with the neuronal system: the basis for processing memories. But the brain is not the only place with a memory; in our bodies,... click to read more

  • Karoline Degenhardt | PhD Student at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Tübingen, Department of Cellular Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen
  • Ann-Christin Wendeln | PhD Student at German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Tübingen; Department of Cellular Neurology, Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen
Views 276
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 19, 2018
The adjustable REM sleep in Fur Seals

Key features of sleep such as behavioral quiescence, reduced responsiveness to external stimuli and characteristic posture are recorded in all living organisms, from simple forms like jellyfish to humans. This implies that sleep serves an important, yet unknown, vital evolutionary function. However, sleep is unambiguously... click to read more

  • Oleg Lyamin | Researcher at Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA; A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, RAS, Moscow, Russia
  • Jerome Siegel | Professor at Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Views 411
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Oct 24, 2018
Could our gut’s microbes be the guardians of our brain’s health?

In the same way as our genome contains the collection of all of our genes, we call microbiome the collection of microorganisms that have settled in our organism. Over the past decades, the gut microbiome, in particular, has been shown to affect our physical health:... click to read more

  • Margot Riggi | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Section of Biology, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 437
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 10, 2018
Exploring the development of the neocortex

For all our life we've always wondered: what makes us human? A possible answer to that today would be: the neocortex. This evolutionary youngest part of our brain is a nest for such precious mental features as: emotions, reasoning, attention, communication etc. It's true that... click to read more

  • Anatoly Kozlov | PhD student at Department of Genetics & Evolution, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 511
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 4, 2018