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The Mind-Blowing Promise of Neural Implants

A patient with an implanted neural device that connects to a prosthetic arm can sense, while blindfolded, which of the mechanical fingers are being touched.

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Kira Peikoff

Kira Peikoff was the editor-in-chief of Leaps.org from 2017 to 2021. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Nautilus, Popular Mechanics, The New York Academy of Sciences, and other outlets. She is also the author of four suspense novels that explore controversial issues arising from scientific innovation: Living Proof, No Time to Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Mother Knows Best. Peikoff holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons. Follow her on Twitter @KiraPeikoff.

Neuromarketers Are Studying Brain Scans to Influence Our Product Choices

A doctor looking at MRI scan results.

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Julia Gottwald
Julia Gottwald is the co-author of “Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans”, which won the BPS Popular Science Book Award 2017. She completed her PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and also holds degrees in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford and Biochemistry from Free University (Germany). In 2016, she won the BAP Public Communication Prize. In 2017, she was awarded the Association of British Science Writers Best Student Journalist Award. She now works for the healthcare communications agency Havas Lynx in Manchester, UK.
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Iconic Neuroscientist Eric Kandel Shares This Advice for Combating Memory Loss

Eric Kandel.

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Kira Peikoff

Kira Peikoff was the editor-in-chief of Leaps.org from 2017 to 2021. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Nautilus, Popular Mechanics, The New York Academy of Sciences, and other outlets. She is also the author of four suspense novels that explore controversial issues arising from scientific innovation: Living Proof, No Time to Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Mother Knows Best. Peikoff holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons. Follow her on Twitter @KiraPeikoff.

The Dangers of Hype: How a Bold Claim and Sensational Media Unraveled a Company

Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.

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Addison Nugent
Addison Nugent is a professional freelance journalist based out of Paris, France. Like so many Americans before her, she fell in love with the French capital at a young age and never left. She graduated from the Sorbonne's Master of the Arts literary research program with honors in 2016, and has since pursued a career in journalism. She has accumulated a diverse portfolio of published work that includes investigative pieces, in-depth profiles, historical deep dives, and tech news. Her work has been featured in such publications as OZY, Vice Motherboard, Atlas Obscura, Dazed Digital and Messy Nessy Chic.