Not Fully Awake – Literally

I’m pretty busy this week, so unfortunately I don’t have much time to put together a post of my own for today. Lucky for you, one of the best science writers in today’s media wrote a piece today about some pretty amazing research being done at the University of Wisconsin.

It turns out that as rats get more and more tired, individual neurons in their brain shut off entirely. This goes contrary to most people’s view of all-or-nothing awake or asleep states. Does it happen in order to conserve energy and stay awake? Is it just a bad side-effect? Whatever the reasons, it happens more and more as rats stay awake longer, and it certainly doesn’t help their cognitive skills.

But I won’t go into the details any more. I invite you to take a look at the post to get your daily dose of Big Ten Science.


About bigkingken

A science writer dedicated to proving that the Big Ten - or the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, if you will - is more than athletics.
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