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How a Neurosurgeon Brought Down Napoleon

Russian general's remarkable brain surgery saved his life, resulted in visionary strategy

(Newser) - As Napoleon Bonaparte's forces moved toward Moscow in the autumn of 1812, Russian General Mikhail Kutuzov burned his own city, fled east, and left Moscow open to invaders. But what some supposed were the actions of a madman instead proved visionary, as Napoleon's troops couldn't handle the... More »

Brain Pathway Science Forgot Is Rediscovered

Vertical occipital fasciculus is involved in visual perception, attention, etc.

(Newser) - In 2012, a team of researchers out of the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences thought they'd stumbled upon a new pathway in the brain associated with reading that had somehow been glossed over by their predecessors. "We couldn't find it in any... More »

Neuroscientist Poisoned Wife With Cyanide: Police

Robert Ferrante told neurologist wife drink would help her conceive: cops

(Newser) - A University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist was arrested after he allegedly poisoned his wife using cyanide he had overnighted to his lab two days before she collapsed. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Robert Ferrante pushed Autumn Klein, the head of women's neurology at the university's medical school,... More »

Neurosurgeon: I've Been to Heaven

Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander says he visited another realm

(Newser) - Dr. Eben Alexander held a scientific worldview until, he says, he went to heaven. As a nominal Christian—and a neurosurgeon with Harvard credentials—Alexander admits he had envied "those who wanted to believe that there was a God somewhere out there who loved us unconditionally," he writes... More »

Liberals, Conservatives Have Different Brains

Or least different-sized parts, say scientists

(Newser) - Here's a study sure to stoke controversy—British researchers have found that political orientation correlates to the relative size of certain parts of the brain. Liberals can boast of thicker gray matter at the anterior cingulate, while conservatives can brag about their bigger amygdalas, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . How... More »

Man Literally Paralyzed By Love

Matt Frerking suffers from narcolepsy with cataplexy

(Newser) - Love paralyzes Matt Frerking—quite literally. The 39-year-old scientist suffers from a rare condition called "narcolepsy with cataplexy" that leaves him paralyzed every time he has 'warm and fuzzy' feelings for his wife or stepchildren, looks at old pictures, or watches movie previews, finds ABC News . He tries to... More »

Neuroscientist Discovers He's a 'Born Killer'

Expert on killer brains spots one in his head

(Newser) - A neuroscientist who spent the last 20 years studying the brains of killers was more than a little surprised to discover that he had one. Jim Fallon—after learning that his father's side of the family tree was full of alleged killers, including Lizzie Borden—analyzed family brain scans and... More »

Ala. Shooting Suspect Is Harvard- Trained Doctor

Amy Bishop held after 3 die on campus

(Newser) - The suspect in today’s fatal shootings on the Huntsville campus of the University of Alabama is a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, the Huntsville Times reports, adding that Amy Bishop and her husband are in custody. Authorities released the names of the three killed, all faculty members: Gopi Podila, biology department chair;... More »

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