Neurosciency Friday: Migraines, Discerning Elephants, The Cosmos, and more

It’s time for this week’s installment of Neurosciency Friday (inspired by NPR Science Friday!), in which I bring you science news and tidbits from around the web!

The FDA has approved a headband to treat migraine headaches.  The device, which resembles a futuristic crown, is used for 20 minutes a day and stimulates the  trigeminal nerve to alleviate migraine symptoms.

Researchers at Georgetown University, University of Rochester, and the University of California, Irvine have developed a blood test which can predict the symptoms of Alzheimers Disease with 90% accuracy.

The LA Times reports on a study indicating that elephants can tell human voices apart based on characteristics including age, gender, and ethnic group.  The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains that elephants’ discerning ears may be necessary to evade human-elephant conflicts.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, premiered this week on FOX/National Geographic TV.  The series is a sequel to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the original 13-part series hosted by Carl Sagan in the 1970s. 

Have a good weekend!


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