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These Lemurs Have Got Rhythm. Scientists Have Got Questions

By Sara Harrison
Studying how and why rhythm evolved in these primates could help unravel the mysteries of human musicality.

A Gene-Tweaked Jellyfish Offers a Glimpse of Other Minds

By Amit Katwala
Researchers have created jellyfish whose nerve cells light up when they fire, offering a tantalizing view of neurology before the rise of the brain.

Your Brain Is an Energy-Efficient 'Prediction Machine'

By Anil Ananthaswamy
Results from neural networks support the idea that brains use predictions to create perceptionsβ€”and that they work that way to conserve power.

Sponge Genes Hint at the Origins of Neurons and Other Cells

By Viviane Callier
A new gene expression study reveals broad cellular diversity as well as possibly ancient connections between the nervous, immune, and digestive systems.

Neuron Bursts Can Mimic a Famous AI Learning Strategy

By Allison Whitten
A new model of learning centers on blasts of neural activity that act as teaching signalsβ€”approximating an algorithm called backpropagation.

Why Humans See Faces in Everyday Objects

By Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica
The ability to spot Jesus’ mug in a piece of burnt toast might be a product of evolution.

The Pandemic Changed Sleep Habits. Maybe That’s a Good Thing

By Sara Harrison
A growing body of research shows that to optimize health and productivity, workers should adjust their workdays to their sleep schedules.

How Humans Think When They Think As Part of a Group

By Annie Murphy Paul
The fancy word for it is "entitativity," and it’s produced when people act and feel together in close proximity. We need it more, but we’re getting it less.

A New Way to Understand the Brain's Intricate Rhythm

By Grace Huckins
Researchers have found evidence in humans that individual neurons time their firing to a deeper beat. But there’s a mystery: What does it mean?

Sleep Evolved Before Brains. Hydras Are Living Proof

By Veronique Greenwood
Some of nature’s simplest animals suggest that sleep evolved long before centralized nervous systems.