Is human memory unique?

Many academics believe that only humans can ‘mentally time travel’ to relive their experiences and imagine future ones. But Iona Twaddell reveals new research which indicates humans may not be so unique as scrub jays may share some of the same memory abilities.

The Neural Code

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Jo Poole talks brain cells, ‘roborats’, and how cutting-edge neurology may help us overcome Parkinson’s Charles Scott Sherrington described the brain as “Biology’s final frontier”. The greatest differences between us and our closest relatives lie in the convoluted folds of a jelly-like organ […]

Remote Control Brains

Mind control is an unsettling prospect. Its psychology is far less obfuscated than its biology, which is fantastic for advertising companies and frustrating for scientists. Brains contribute about 2% of our body weight and require 20% of its energy requirement. We recognise early that brains are the seat of our humanity, autonomy and ‘self’ and […]

Power napping your way to the top

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that many, if not all, of my business ideas lack any real possibility of becoming a reality. However, earlier this week scientists from Germany and Switzerland have seemingly issued support for my latest get-rich-quick scheme, unbeknownst to them. I am a napper. During periods of intense exam preparation I […]

May Contain Alcohol

Katie Tomlinson & Jan Piotrowski explore the science of drinking. From the night before to the morning after, here is the science behind a great night out.