Articles by

Allison Whitten

The Brain Has a ‘Low-Power Mode’ That Blunts Our Senses

Since leptin is released by fat cells, scientists believe its presence in the blood is likely to...

A Brain Chemical Helps Neurons Know When to Start a Movement

By washing through the brain, neuromodulators “allow you to govern the excitability of a large region of...

Neuron Bursts Can Mimic a Famous AI Learning Strategy

A new model of learning centers on blasts of neural activity that act as teaching signals—approximating an...

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron?

Scientists taught an artificial neural network to imitate a biological neuron. The result offers a new way...

Mathematicians Prove Symmetry of Phase Transitions

At critical moments, rotational invariance is a universal property across many physical systems.For more than 50 years,...