MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe captured this stunning MRI image of herself and her child inside a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner, creating an emotionally striking yet abstract work of art.
You already know that a penis has arteries to bring blood to its erectile tissues, and veins that take the blood away again when it returns to its normal flaccid state. You may not know that there’s another set of vessels tucked under its skin. We just got our first good look at them.
Hey! What are your plans for that artichoke you’ve got there? You’re going to grill it and serve it with some lemon-butter sauce? That’s cool. We’re just going to stick ours in this MRI machine here.
A little-known and harmless side effect of MRIs gives us an intriguing way to murder people. Tricking them into getting an MRI would be tough, but afterwards? It's almost too easy.
Here's an odd by-product of body art. In an MRI machine, a tattoo can start generating heat to the point where it burns your skin.
Neuroscientists from the University of Geneva have devised a technique that reveals evidence of cognitive decline prior to the onset of symptoms — an indication that deterioration in the brain happens before we're able to pick up on cognitive deficiencies.
Musician Sivu spent two hours inside an MRI machine to film the music video for his song "Better Man Than He." The result is this hypnotic video, which lets us see what literally goes on in Sivu's head as he sings.
Over at the blog Inside Insides, Andy Ellison of Boston University Medical School has been throwing the entire produce aisle inside a Philips 3 Tesla MRI, revealing the otherworldly realms that dwell inside common foods. Here's but a small sampling of his many see-through delicacies, immortalized as GIFs — my favorite…
An international team of doctors and scientists announced in 2010 that it had recorded the world's first video of childbirth using magnetic resonance imaging. Now, that footage has been released to the public. You have never seen childbirth like this.
We thought that the brain was a complicated snarl of interconnected wires, out of which bubble out complex thoughts and feelings. Turns out we're locked into a rigid communications grid from the beginning. A rigid, tacky grid. Take a look at the wiring schematic of your brain.
No, seriously. Go read the patent for yourself. The company is proposing "a material attachable to skin [that is] capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus [e.g. a vibration] relates to the magnetic field."
From an evolutionary perspective, excessive optimism is generally a bad idea. After all, if you're constantly assuming good things will happen, you'll probably be ill-prepared when bad things inevitably come along. Now scientists have an explanation...which isn't exactly flattering to the eternally optimistic.
Depression is the most common mental illness, but there's still a lot we don't know about how the condition affects the brain. But now, a new MRI study reveals that depression deactivates vital pieces of brain circuitry... including, surprisingly, the region that controls hatred.
This is about as awesome as neuroscience gets. This video shows us some everyday clips, and - thanks to some super-advanced brain imaging and computer simulations - how those clips are seen inside our brains.
Scientists recently did an MRI of a tarantula. They managed to capture a video of the beating heart of the spider. Apparently it's like no other heartbeat seen before.
Most people have seen MRI images, or MRIs being used on medical shows, but rarely is magnetic resonance imaging actually explained. Take a look at how it works.
It seems like every week a new study comes along touting the new ways scientists can "read your mind." How exactly do scientists and doctors manage to peer inside your skull? Find out in this handy guide to brain scans.
If you've ever had an MRI scan or accelerated a sub-atomic particle to near light speed, then you've experienced the wonders of superconductors. Here's how they work, what they do, and how they can be used in science fiction.
Your body will soon be teeming with tiny robots. Last year, robotics researchers managed to guide micro-robots through a pig's bloodstream using a magnetic field from an MRI machine (just a dry run before the bots infest us humans). Now scientists have invented a camera-bot you can swallow that will slide down your…