Tag - brain



Preliminary results from new research offer hope in the fight against glioblastoma, the terrible form of cancer that took the lives of Arizona Sen. John McCain and U.S. President Joe Biden’s son, Beau.
Mar 28, 2024
This brain cancer breakthrough should excite you
Recent research shows progress in using the immune system to combat glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer.
A new brain wave study published Friday suggests that hearing the names of their favorite toys actually activates dogs' memories of those objects.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 23, 2024
'Good boy!' Dogs do understand us, says new study
A new study published suggests that hearing the names of their favorite toys actually activates dogs' memories of those objects.
Elon Musk's brain-chip startup Neuralink livestreamed on Wednesday its first patient implanted with a chip using his mind to play online chess.
Mar 21, 2024
Musk's Neuralink shows first brain-chip patient playing online chess
The patient had received an implant from the company in January and reportedly learnt to control a computer mouse using his thoughts.
The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain activity.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 12, 2024
Study of polyglots offers insight on brain's language processing
The brain's language network consists of a few areas situated in its frontal and temporal lobes.
The rat with shortened primary cilia (left) had gained weight compared to a normal rat. According to recent research from Nagoya University, rats with artificially shortened primary cilia displayed lower metabolism and increased food intake, resulting in weight gain.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 7, 2024
Nagoya University finds mechanism behind middle-age weight gain
Researchers found that a region of the brain that controls metabolism and food intake becomes shorter with age in rats.
In the quest for immortality, some researchers believe mind uploading will be our ticket to an eternal existence.
PODCAST / deep dive
Feb 8, 2024
Japan’s take on immortality; problems in Palworld
As scientists and technologists attempt to tackle the problem of aging and death, we discuss Japanese ideas about immortality.
Elon Musk said that the first human patient has received a brain implant from his startup Neuralink, but experts says his statements raised more questions than they answered about the trial.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 5, 2024
Want details on Musk's brain implant trial? You'll have to ask him
Neuralink does not have to divulge even basic details about its trial, including the facility where patients are being implanted.
Emperors sought eternal life for centuries, but scientists believe our physical bodies have limits. That's where technologists come in.
BUSINESS / Tech / Longform
Feb 3, 2024
The digital beyond: Is an eternal existence within grasp?
Immortality has been a dream for centuries, but scientists doubt its possibility. Can technologists and coders find a virtual path instead?
A supplied image of a leopard shown to research subjects and the image reconstructed by generative artificial intelligence using brain activity.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan scientists create world's first mental images with AI tech
The technology, dubbed "brain decoding," enables the visualization of perceptual contents based on brain activity.
A research has found that hexaraphane — a component found in wasabi — helps improve the episodic and working memories of elderly people.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 26, 2023
Wasabi effective in improving memory of elderly: study
In addition to known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, new research indicates improvements in episodic and working memories.
A group of chimpanzees listen to other chimpanzees heard at a distance in the West African forests of Cote d'Ivoire, studied as part of research by the Tai Chimpanzee Project, in this undated handout photograph.
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 3, 2023
Scientists observe chimpanzees using human-like warfare tactic
The study, the researchers said, records for the first time the tactical use of elevated terrain by our species' closest living relatives.
A symposium to promote organ transplants is held in Sapporo in October 2022.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2023
Total transplants from brain-dead donors near 1,000 after 26 years
Less than 3% of patients waiting for organ transplants have received transplants, as Japan still faces a serious shortage of organ donors.
While most players in the field of neurotechnology are exclusively concerned with medical uses, Elon Musk is touting the possibility of telepathy, using the technology to store memories or to enable humans to continue their existence without their bodies.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 21, 2023
The race to link our brains to computers is heating up
Brain implants have long been trapped in the realm of science fiction, but medical trials suggest the devices could play a big part in humanity's future.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2023
Alzheimer's diagnosis revamp embraces rating scale similar to cancer
New guidelines would replace terminology such as mild, moderate and severe, instead using a numerical system related to disease progression.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
Would you let Elon Musk implant a device in your brain?
Elon Musk's Neuralink brain implant will be life-changing for some, but it’s hard to see how it will transform society.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 7, 2023
Eisai Alzheimer's drug gets full U.S. approval, widening access to the therapy
The broader clearance from the Food and Drug Administration marks a milestone for treatment of the dementia that afflicts some 6 million Americans.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 19, 2023
New Eisai and Biogen Alzheimer drug faces hurdles in Europe
Some doctors said its effect on the disease may not be clinically meaningful enough when weighed against the risk of brain swelling, its likely high price.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2023
Musk expects brain chip start-up Neuralink to implant 'first case' this year
Last month, Neuralink said it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its first-in-human clinical trial, a critical milestone for the startup.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 1, 2023
COVID lockdowns really did mess with our memories
Researchers have found that some who had lived under pandemic-era lockdowns exhibited distorted time perception similar to that seen in prisoners.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
May 9, 2023
Drugs developed to treat diabetes may offer new approach against Alzheimer's
Experts hope that by improving glucose metabolism, and tamping down inflammation in the entire body, they can slow progression of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?