Magnetic particle mapped in the human brain

Researchers at Ludwing Maximilliams Universitat Muchen have for the first time mapped the distribution of magnetic particles in the human brain. The study reveals that the particles are primarily located in the cerebellum and the brainstem, which are the more ancient parts of the brain. Many living organisms, such as migratory birds, are thought toContinue reading “Magnetic particle mapped in the human brain”

Using magnetism to regulate neural activity shows a small benefit in patients with mild forms of Alzheimer’s disease

On the heels of one failed drug trial after another, a recent study suggests people with early Alzheimer’s disease could reap modest benefits from a device that uses magnetic fields to produce small electric currents in the brain. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disorder that afflicts more than 46 million people worldwide. At present thereContinue reading “Using magnetism to regulate neural activity shows a small benefit in patients with mild forms of Alzheimer’s disease”

New progress in understanding what may give animals a magnetic sense: a protein that acts as a compass

Quick – can you tell where north is? Animals as diverse as sea turtles, birds, worms, butterflies and wolves can, thanks to sensing Earth’s magnetic field. But the magnet-sensing structures inside their cells that allow them to do this have evaded scientists – until now. A team led by Can Xie’s at Peking University inContinue reading “New progress in understanding what may give animals a magnetic sense: a protein that acts as a compass”

Physicists discover the Majorna Particle, originally predicted in 1937, which is simultaneously matter and anti-matter

Since the 1930s scientists have been searching for particles that are simultaneously matter and antimatter. Now physicists have found strong evidence for one such entity inside a superconducting material. The discovery could represent the first so-called Majorana particle, and may help researchers encode information for quantum computers. Physicists think that every particle of matter hasContinue reading “Physicists discover the Majorna Particle, originally predicted in 1937, which is simultaneously matter and anti-matter”