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In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. January Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
Many people enjoy watching short (18 minutes or less), online "TED" talks on a variety of topics. There is even a special section of the TED web site devoted to neuroscience. The neuroscience section starts with playlists with a series of talks on a) How does my brain work?, b) All kinds of minds, c) The autism spectrum and d) Our brains: predictably irrational. The remainder of the site lists many more talks listed in reverse chronological order.
A fun, short (6 minutes) TED talk is given by Dr. Greg Gage from the Backyard Brains company. Using simple electronics, Dr. Gage demonstrates how one person can control another person's movement. Other talks focus on sleep, neurological disorders, neurotechnology; there is really something for anyone interested in the brain.
Did you know that TED is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and
B. "How Bitter Taste Receptors Defend the Body against Bacteria" by Robert J. Lee, Noam A. Cohen and "Critical Ingredients for Brain Development" by Takao K. Hensch (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, February, 2016).
C. "The Nets Around the Neurons" by Sandra J. Ackerman (AMERICAN SCIENTIST, January-February, 2016).
D. "Seeing the Spectrum" by Steven Shapin (THE NEW YORKER, January 25,
B. Approximately 3.3 million children in the United States have dizziness and balance problems (Source: Li, C-M., Hoffman, H.J., Ward, B.K., Cohen, H.S., Rine, R.M., Epidemiology of Dizziness and Balance Problems in Children in the United States: A Population-Based Study, J. Pediatrics, published online January 27, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.12.002)
C. In 2015, players in the National Football League (NFL) suffered from 182 concussions in regular season games. This is up from 115 concussions that occurred during the 2014 season. (Source Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/ct-nfl-concussions-spt-0130-20160129-story.html)
D. Chilean tarantulas have neurotoxins called phrixotoxins that block sodium and potassium channels on neurons.
E. Sweat, carbon dioxide and lactic acid attract mosquitoes.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.