February 3, 2012 Research on decoding language within the brain opens up new prospects for communicating with incapacitated people. Some, however, worry that it could also be a threat to privacy. Commentator Alva Noe says not to worry, we are already excellent mind readers.
January 6, 2012 A study of more than 7,000 British civil servants finds that age-related declines in cognitive ability start as early as 45. The results suggest that efforts to head off mental problems late in life need to begin in middle age, the study's authors write at the end of their paper.
December 28, 2011 Pigging out for even a day causes inflammation in the brains of lab rats, and scientists think this might help explain why it's so hard for people to lose weight. If eating too much inflames human brains, too, then scientists might be able to come up with new ideas for taming obesity.