Hamilton Nolan · 09/19/13 08:32AM

A new study has detected brain activity in brains that meet the definition of "brain dead." "The most famous example of the phenomena turned into a best-selling book, Proof of Heaven." Brain dead, proof of heaven... makes sense.

Will We Ever Be Able to Transplant Human Brains?

Hamilton Nolan · 03/12/13 03:17PM

Hello. It's time for "Hey, Science," our notoriously scientific weekly feature in which we have your most provocative scientific questions answered by real live scientists (or related experts). No question is too smart for our reluctant army of scientific enlistees, whether they know it or not. This week, neurosurgeons answer the question: Will we ever be able to transplant human brains?

How to Use Magnets to Mess Up Your Brain

Max Read · 04/11/11 09:01PM

If you're wondering—as we so often are—how future governments will enforce keep the worker/organ-farm classes in line, look no further than this video, in which a New Scientist editor is prevented from speaking by a magnetic field.

Want to Memorize Something? Take a Nap

Max Read · 01/24/11 03:03AM

German researchers have published a study claiming that quick naps can help the brain process and retain information. Not that you need an excuse to fall asleep at your desk every afternoon.

How Your Brain Is Like Facebook

Max Read · 01/11/11 12:16AM

Scientists and writers love to compare brains to whatever the cool new technology is. Your brain is a steam engine! Your brain is a telephone! A calculator! A computer! And now, in 2011? Your brain is like Facebook, of course.

Being in Love Makes You Impervious to Pain

Max Read · 10/14/10 02:08AM

Hey! Next time you have a headache, don't reach for an Advil—instead, fall passionately in love with a person of your choosing. You see, scientists have found that love can act as a fairly powerful painkiller. Like morphine!