Should We Cheer or Boo the 21st Century Cures Act?

Remember a few weeks ago when I argued that you should be vigilant and engaged in supporting scientific progress and condemning unscientific policies, regardless of your political leanings? Well, I’m holding myself to the same standard. So when word spread this week that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping bill called the 21st Century Cures Act that has huge implications for the biomedical … Continue reading

Brain Bits, 10/24/15

Welcome to Brain Bits, where I highlight important or interesting recent news in the world of neuroscience. In store for today: why every brain cell may be unique, a call for national brain observatories, simulating your brain in a supercomputer, and more!   In 2012, a group of six prominent neuroscientists proposed a large-scale brain mapping project that formed the basis for President Obama’s BRAIN … Continue reading

The Beautiful Mind

Brains are freaking amazing. You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this, as you’ve likely been inundated for the last year with BRAIN initiative news stories exclaiming how the brain is the ultimate frontier of human knowledge and we’re going to throw billions of dollars at it and solve everything and cure schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s! Wooooo! But maybe you’re still wondering what all the hype … Continue reading