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Recording waves, reading minds

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Science  21 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6480, pp. 859
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba5496

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Our brains, each of which thrums with enough electrical energy to power a low-wattage light bulb, can now be measured and explored much better than ever before—a boon for doctors seeking better medical treatments and a thrill for inventors crossing neuroscience thresholds, but a warning, too, as our personalities and thoughts become less private and potentially more exploitable. In Electric Brain, R. Douglas Fields details scientists' quest to understand brain waves throughout history, covering a good deal of unsettling material in the process and touching on today's emerging technology and most pressing ethical questions.

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