Forgotten for over a century, neuroscientists are beginning to unravel the brain’s mysterious perineuronal nets. NOVA Next contributor Teal Burrell reports the story.
In other news:
- Can we build a brain? We were LIVE on Facebook with neuroscientist and artificial intelligence engineer Naveen Rao.
- A government study has linked cell phones with cancer in male rats.
- Alzheimer’s disease may be caused by brain infections .
- Ancient brewery residue has revealed unique ingredients of 5,000-year-old beer .
- Chemists know when you’ve watched a scary scene —based on your breath.
What We’re Reading
- For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort . [Washington Post]
- Spelunkers have discovered mysterious cave rings (“like a huge Lego set”) created by Neanderthals. [NPR]
- A massive sinkhole has opened up along the Arno River in Florence, Italy burying dozens of cars. [The Washington Post]
- Star BMX rider Dave Mirra, who committed suicide in February, has been found to have had C.T.E. [The New York Times]
- The concept of infinity has forever felt like a fantasy . But mathematicians are finding a way to link it to physical reality. [Quanta Magazine]