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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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May 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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The Sugar Lnc

By | May 1, 2012

Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism

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Boyle’s Monsters, 1665

By | May 1, 2012

From accounts of deformed animals to scratch-and-sniff technology, Robert Boyle's early contributions to the Royal Society of London were prolific and wide ranging.

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The Sound of Color

By | May 1, 2012

A completely colorblind musician and painter perceives the world in a new way with help from technology.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Sharks

By | April 26, 2012

The hormone melatonin lights up the bellies of pygmy sharks, hiding their silhouette from predators below.

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Pigeon GPS Identified

By | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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New Brain Stem Cell

By | April 23, 2012

Progenitor cells discovered in the brain’s small blood vessels have the capacity to differentiate into neurons and other tissue types.

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Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

By | April 18, 2012

A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.

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