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Next Generation: The Brain Bot

By | May 29, 2012

A 30-year-old technique to record the electrical activity of neurons gets a robotic makeover.

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Pain-Killing Transplants

By | May 23, 2012

Neurons injected into mice help treat chronic pain at its roots, rather than simply alleviating its symptoms.

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Battlefield Head Trauma

By | May 17, 2012

A new study suggests that the brain injuries suffered by soldiers in Afghanistan may be similar to those observed in some athletes.

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Music Lessons Benefit Babies

By | May 11, 2012

One year olds smile more and communicate better if they participate in interactive music classes with their parents.

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Doubled Gene Boosted Brain Power

By | May 7, 2012

Human-specific duplications of a gene involved in brain development may have contributed to our species’ unique intelligence.

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Stem Cell Suicide Switch

By | May 3, 2012

Human embryonic stem cells swiftly kill themselves in response to DNA damage.

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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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Contributors

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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