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The Atlantic Daily: When Dead Pigs' Brain-Cell Functions Fly

Scientists restored signs of activity in dead pigs' brains. Plus: The not-so-sound science of dentistry, depression in teen athletes, Beyoncé’s new masterpiece, and more

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that had been decapitated four hours earlier. By infusing the brains with a concoction of nutrients and chemicals, the scientists were shocked to realize that some dormant neurons started firing—even though the brain activity didn’t mirror the type of coordinated electrical activity needed for cognition and even basic life. The study doesn’t exactly pave the way for the zombie-like revival of dead organisms, but

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