Our brains contain trillions of synapses, each of them capable of converting an electrical signal into a chemical one, and vice-versa. But while that might sound simple, the mechanics behind this process is anything but — as this spectacular new 3D visualization so beautifully illustrates.
A recent breakthrough in the development of an artificial synapse suggests that assistive devices and other prostheses won't be limited to just missing joints and failing organs. Researchers in Japan have shown that it's possible to mimic synaptic function with nanotechnology, a breakthrough that could result in not…
One of humanity's most incredible abilities is being able to remember things that happened many years, perhaps even many decades ago. But it's only now that neuroscience is able to really explain how we can form such long-lasting memories.