Should you fear a chemical inside metal food containers like the ones that hold beans? Government scientists say no. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Maybe That BPA In Your Canned Food Isn't So Bad After All

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In the Institute for the Unsalvageable in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, shown here in 1992, children were left in cribs for days on end. Tom Szalay hide caption

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Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

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Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

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Clinical specialist Catey Funaiock took notes while observing a 5-year-old boy at the Marcus Autism Center, part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, in September. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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A baby born too soon continues to develop and grow inside an incubator at the neonatal ward of the Centre Hospitalier de Lens in Lens, northern France. Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

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The round stingray is native to the eastern Pacific coast and is notorious for injuring swimmers and surfers. laszlo-photo/Flickr hide caption

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Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

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A newly discovered neural circuit in the brain of the common fruit fly seems to serve as a sort of "volume control," turning up and down the perception of sound and light. Nicholas Monu/iStockphoto hide caption

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Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

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A technique called optogenetics is being used in the laboratory to observe and control what brain circuits are doing in real time. Henning Dalhoff/Getty Images/Science Photo Library RM hide caption

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Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

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There's data to support the notion that pot, or a drug based on its active ingredient, could help ease the fears of PTSD. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

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'Forecast Bust:' Why 2013 Hurricane Predictions Were So Wrong

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Brain Cells 'Geotag' Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

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In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

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President Obama has pledged millions of dollars to fuel research into understanding the workings of the human brain. Zephyr/Science Source hide caption

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Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory

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When researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College scanned teenage brains, they found that the area that regulates emotional responses has to work harder to keep impulses in check. Courtesty Kristina Caudle/Developmental Neuroscience hide caption

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The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court

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