Understanding the Brain. Also: Water, the mouth, poop. — FTN DAILY EDITION #152, Science & Health

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Watch your thoughts, literally

A new machine to watch the brain at work.

Julia Evangelou Strait for Futurity:

The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve cells that are constantly exchanging electrical and chemical signals at speeds difficult to comprehend.

Custom microscope zooms in on live synapses


Think again

Understanding the human brain can be a bit of a challenge.

Katie Boyd for The Conversation:

*Some researchers now believe the brain and its diseases in general can only be understood as an interplay between tremendous numbers of neurons distributed across the central nervous system.

Custom microscope zooms in on live synapses


Empty yourself

Your poop can help grow your food.

Brian Barth for Modern Farmer:

Before you say, “ick!” it’s worth noting that this was common practice until the flush toilet was invented some 400 years ago.

Custom microscope zooms in on live synapses


Waterworld

A few approaches to managing water.

Anna Escher for TechCrunch:

Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems.

Custom microscope zooms in on live synapses


Bigmouth strikes again

But how DO you actually talk? Learn more about your mouth.

Nathan Yau for FlowingData:

You have a mouth with a bunch of tissue in it and manipulate your tongue, lips, throat, and other pieces so that somehow words come out.

Custom microscope zooms in on live synapses


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