In this issue:
A. July Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
In July, 17 new figures were modified.
The medical sciences section of Science 360 Network is a collection of short videos about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Although the materials do not all focus on the nervous system, there are still plenty of videos for those of you who can't get enough neuroscience. For example, on the first pages of selections, you can find a story about the importance of sleep and another about concussion research. Further down on that same page is a story about a new therapy to help people who have visual cortex damage.
If you can't find what you are looking for, try the site's search feature. I searched the site using the word "brain" and received about 30 videos.
Science 360 Network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The cause of brain freeze ("ice cream headache") is still unclear. These headaches may be caused by rapid cooling of the palate (upper part of mouth) which then activates nerve fibers that cause pain. Another theory is that the pain is caused by temporary changes in the blood flow to the brain.
Come to think of it, headaches are nothing to celebrate. But getting rid
of them is sure something to be happy about!
Expected exhibit highlights:
* A plastinated human brain and spinal cord.
* An Xbox to capture pictures of visitors and show the location of the central nervous system.
* A large "Neural Light Show" display with colored lights to represent electrical and chemical signals within the brain.
* Visual illusions
* Detecting patterns in neural networks.
Read more about the new exhibit at:
B. "What Is Your Dog Thinking?" by Stanley Coren (DISCOVER magazine, July-August, 2012).
C. "Nightmare Scenario" by John Cloud (TIME magazine, July 9, 2012) discusses sleep and insomnia.
D. "The Joyful Mind" by Morten L. Kringelbach and Kent C. Berridge (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, August, 2012) discusses the science of happiness.
E. For spider fans everywhere: "Spiders Alive!" is a new museum exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History that runs through December 2, 2012. See: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/spiders-alive
F. "What Your Nose Knows" by Jennifer Kahn (PARADE magazine, July 29,
2012) discusses the new science of the senses.
B. Neuroscientist Andrew Huxley, who passed away on May 30, 2012, won the 1963 Nobel Prize for his work on how nerve impulses are transmitted. Professor Huxley was knighted in 1974 and was the half-brother of "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley.
C. An old English proverb states: "Money spent on brain is never spent in vain."
D. Walruses do not sleep for periods lasting 40-84 hours when they are swimming continuously. They alternate these long waking periods by resting on land for 2-19 hours. (Source: Pryaslova, J.P., Lyamin, O.I., Siegel, J.M. and Mukhametov, L.M., Behavioral sleep in the walrus. Behav Brain Res., 201:80-87, 2009.)
E. Humans have three small bones in their middle ears; birds have only
one bone. (Source: Birkhead, T., Bird Sense. What It's Like to Be a
Bird, New York: Walker & Company, 2012.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.