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By | December 1, 2012

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


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Fat's Immune Sentinels

By | December 1, 2012

Certain immune cells keep adipose tissue in check by helping to define normal and abnormal physiological states.


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In the Long Run

By | December 1, 2012

Can emulating our early human ancestors make us healthier?

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Leading Neuroscientist Dies

By | November 30, 2012

Laurent Descarries, well known for his research on the brain’s axon terminals, has passed away at the age of 73.

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Rats Get Placebo Effect

By | November 28, 2012

Rodents experience placebo-induced pain relief, providing a new model with which to investigate the phenomenon.


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Can Worms Alleviate Autism?

By | November 27, 2012

Autism researchers are testing the ability of whipworm eggs to treat autism in a new clinical trial.


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More Animal Welfare Problems at UCSF

By | November 27, 2012

Lab inspection reports and internal documents reveal incidents involving the mistreatment of research animals at the University of California, San Francisco.


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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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Einstein’s Unusual Brain

By | November 19, 2012

Previously unreleased photographs show that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features that could explain his extraordinary cognitive abilities.


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Brain Waves from the Beyond

By | November 19, 2012

Researchers in Brazil study the brain activity of mediums while they supposedly communicate with spirits.

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