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Mapping Humans’ Mental GPS

By | August 5, 2013

Scientists have located a type of brain cell that helps people navigate unfamiliar territory.

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Remodeling Myelin

By | August 1, 2013

New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.

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Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837

By | August 1, 2013

How a dinner-table conversation between two biologists led to the formulation of the theory that cells are the building blocks of all living organisms.

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Smoke Detectors

By | August 1, 2013

Ancient receptors in seeds bind a small molecule in smoke that promotes germination.

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Capsule Reviews

By | July 1, 2013

Denial, Probably Approximately Correct, Permanent Present Tense, and Against Their Will

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Opinion: On Living Longer

By | June 24, 2013

Memory loss in healthy older adults is on the rise, as are preventive treatments—but there is little evidence that these remedies are effective.

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Genome Digest

By | June 24, 2013

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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The Human Brain in Exquisite Detail

By | June 20, 2013

Scientists create BigBrain—an ultrahigh resolution 3–D model of the human think-box.

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Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain

By | June 17, 2013

Investment in brain research should aim at protecting the brains of the future from harmful environmental pollutants.

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