Study Measures Brain Activity During Sesame Street

Recent advancements in brain imaging have allowed scientists to peer into the once secret world inside our heads. One of these techniques, called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), lets them see which parts of the brain light up in real time.

An fMRI machine detects blood flow to various parts of the brain. When one of these areas lights up, or becomes activated, it is thought that region is processing

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Life Scientists Earn a Hefty Sum

As a handful of scientists became $3 million richer last week, some people are questioning whether or not the prize is appropriate.

The first eleven recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences were announced on Feb. 20. The award was established by millionaires, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, to “recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life,” according to the foundation’s website.

Some of

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Gecko Footpads Inspire a Superior Adhesive for Humans

A strong and reversible adhesive developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts made CNN Money’s list of five scientific breakthroughs in 2012.

Geckskin is a dry adhesive that can hold up to 700 pounds and won’t leave a residue when it’s removed.

The project’s researchers included Alfred Crosby, a material scientist, and Mike Bartlett and Dan King, doctoral candidates in the polymer science and engineering department. The fourth

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