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Overtaxed working memory knocks the brain out of sync

Researchers find that when working memory gets overburdened, dialogue between three brain regions breaks down. The discovery provides new support for a broader theory about how the brain operates.

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Artificial neural nets grow brainlike navigation cells

Faced with a navigational challenge, neural networks spontaneously evolved units resembling the grid cells that help living animals find their way.

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How your brain encodes location

When it comes to spatial navigation, the hippocampal circuit represents location information that is relative and malleable by experience rather than absolute. The study of the hippocampus seems to have stumbled into an age-old philosophical argument.

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Physicists find a way to see the ‘grin’ of quantum gravity

A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.

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44 UK towns and cities have air 'too dangerous to breathe', report claims

The study was published yesterday and timed to coincide with the release of The Lancet's wide-ranging report on the global impact of climate change on human health.

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