Jon Hamilton Jon Hamilton is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. Currently he focuses on neuroscience, health risks, and extreme weather.

Dr. Allan Ropper speaks with residents and fellows as they do rounds at the neuroscience intensive care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

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Justin McCowan poses for a portrait outside of his house in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 14. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

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Some neighborhoods in this "Mayberry by the Sea" could be underwater within a few decades, according to some projections. Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

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Justin McCowan, 39, has Down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif. Benjamin B. Morris for NPR hide caption

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People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research

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Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to "play wild." David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

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Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

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"Dance for PD" classes use music to temporarily ease tremors and get Parkinson's patients moving. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

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Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

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Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

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In epilepsy, the normal behavior of brain neurons is disturbed. The drug valproic acid appears to help the brain replenish a key chemical, preventing seizures. David Mack/Science Source hide caption

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Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

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NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

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Klotho (right) is one of the three Greek Fates depicted in this Flemish tapestry at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter

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Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

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