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Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.

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Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals

By | August 21, 2017

Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors

By | August 16, 2017

Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.

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Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults

By | August 14, 2017

A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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Rats that Run Have Better Memory

By | August 14, 2017

Male rodents given access to a running wheel early in life show increased neural activity and improved memory as adults.

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Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change

By | August 11, 2017

The turtle-headed sea snake is losing its stripes, and researchers suggest that the change reflects adaptation to fouled oceans.

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Image of the Day: Everybody Needs a Friend

By | August 10, 2017

The protein encoded by the gene that causes Fragile X in humans partners with another protein, dNab2, to alter gene expression in fruit fly neurons.

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A Potential Remedy for the Aging Brain

By | August 8, 2017

In mice, injected fragments of a naturally occurring protein boost memory in young and old animals and improve cognition and mobility in a model of neurodegenerative disease. 

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Chemogenetics Doesn’t Work Like Many Thought

By | August 4, 2017

A study finds the so-called DREADD method of manipulating neurons using a drug called CNO actually works via clozapine.

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