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

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Children under age 2 can reason abstractly, researchers say. Jandrie Lombard/iStock hide caption

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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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A brain that can let other thoughts bubble up despite being in pain might help its owner benefit from meditation or other cognitive therapies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz made it big in the classical music scene as a little kid. Stephanie Mackinnon hide caption

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Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

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When it comes to nature versus nurture, brain scientists think both matter. Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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Smart Teenage Brains May Get Some Extra Learning Time

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A sixth sense? A small patch of neurons on either side of the brain recognizes how many dots are on a screen. As more dots appear, active neurons shift to the right. Courtesy of Ben Harvey/Utretch University hide caption

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Language may have evolved in concert with tool making. Sergey Lavrentev/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Acting as a "sender," brain researcher Rajesh Rao watches a video game and waits for the time to hit the "fire" button. But he'll only think about doing that — the impulse was carried out by someone in another building, in a recent test of brain-to-brain communication. University of Washington hide caption

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Could the images common in accounts of near-death experiences be explained by a rush of electrical activity in the brain? Odina/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

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Instructional assistant Jessica Reeder touches her nose to get Jacob Day, 3, who has autism, to focus his attention on her during a therapy session in April 2007. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

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