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6 Incredible Brain Facts

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/01/11 03:11 PM ET   Updated: 10/01/11 06:12 AM ET

From how it creates consciousness to where memories are stored, the brain has endlessly fascinated and intrigued us. Despite the huge strides made in understanding the way the brain functions, much is still mysterious.

But every day, new discoveries, studies and research papers tell us something we don't know -- that the brain needs fat, for example, or that it's functioning is affected by gut bacteria. Here's a roundup of some newer research, culled from news articles, science websites and journals, that shows us just how complicated our brains are. These aren't the most fascinating brain facts of all time, nor are they its the most enduring mysteries. It is, however, a list of some of the more recent science research that is giving us a peek into the brain's functioning.

Your Brain Is 60 Percent Fat
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Yup, our brains are made up of 60 percent fat, says Dr. Michael Green, a research psychologist at Aston University.

To function optimally, our brains need to maintain this level of fat. A lower amount of fat, in fact, can lead to neurological disorders. Dieters beware!
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