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Researchers have developed natural language embedded programs (NLEPs), enabling AI models to solve complex tasks by generating and executing Python programs. This method boosts accuracy in reasoning tasks and improves transparency by allowing users to inspect and correct code. NLEPs also enhance data privacy by processing information locally.
Humans may have evolved complex facial expressions to enhance social bonding. By analyzing over 1,500 natural conversations, the study found that expressive individuals were more liked and better at achieving social goals. Expressive participants were easier to read and more successful in conflict negotiations. This suggests facial expressivity plays a crucial role in human social interactions and relationship building.
A new study reveals how the FUS protein aggregates and spreads in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The research shows that misfolded FUS proteins act like prions, spreading disease within the brain and exacerbating neurodegeneration. This discovery opens new avenues for therapeutic strategies targeting protein aggregate spread.

Neurology news articles cover neurology, brain cancer, traumatic brain injuries, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, brain research and neurological disorders.

A new study reveals that brain topological resilience (BTR) negatively correlates with age and vascular risk factors while positively correlating with cognitive function. Researchers analyzed data from two multi-ethnic cohorts, finding that lower BTR is associated with cognitive decline. This study suggests BTR as a significant marker for assessing brain health impacted by vascular risks and atherosclerosis.

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esearchers have developed an AI system that guides robots using language-based instructions, improving navigation tasks without relying on extensive visual data. This method converts visual observations into text captions, allowing a language model to direct the robot's movements. While not outperforming vision-based systems, it excels in data-limited scenarios and combines well with visual inputs for better performance.
Scientists have created an AI-powered system to track ingestible devices that monitor disease markers in the gut. This non-invasive technology could help individuals monitor their GI tract health at home. The system uses a wearable coil and AI to precisely locate the device and measure gas concentrations. Researchers aim to refine the device for future human trials.
A new study details how AI and computer simulations train robotic exoskeletons to help users conserve energy while walking, running, and climbing stairs. This method eliminates the need for lengthy human-involved experiments and can be applied to various assistive devices.

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Researchers discovered a way to increase vitamin B6 levels in cells by inhibiting its degradation, potentially improving memory and learning. Their study found that a natural substance, 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone, inhibits the enzyme pyridoxal phosphatase, enhancing vitamin B6 in nerve cells. This breakthrough could lead to new treatments for mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers discovered that a specific brain region, the mediodorsal thalamus, may provoke feelings of paranoia. By aligning data from studies on monkeys and humans, they found that lesions in this brain region led to erratic behavior and increased perceptions of environmental volatility.
Our brains assign the same biases to faces seen in inanimate objects as they do to human faces. Known as face pareidolia, this phenomenon includes seeing faces in objects like the moon or toast. The study found that feminine-looking illusory faces are perceived as happy faster, while masculine-looking ones are seen as angry quicker. These findings suggest that face-like patterns activate similar socio-cognitive processes as real faces.

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Researchers found that a hormone-producing cell in the adrenal glands may explain why oldfield mice are monogamous while their close relatives are promiscuous. This hormone, 20⍺-OHP, boosts nurturing behavior, suggesting a link to monogamy.
Fruit flies use the neurotransmitter octopamine to decide whether food memories are stored long-term or short-term. This process, influenced by energy reserves, affects future eating behavior. High glycogen levels result in stable food memories, prompting increased food intake even after fasting. The research suggests that similar mechanisms may influence overeating in humans.
A new study finds that altered states of consciousness (ASCs), like those experienced during meditation, are more common than previously thought. 45% of respondents reported experiencing ASCs at least once, often leading to positive outcomes. However, a significant minority also reported negative or even life-threatening suffering, highlighting the need for better support and understanding of these experiences.