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Image of the Day: Amazing Astrocytes

By | May 19, 2015

They aren't neurons, but in rats, glial cells in the brain called astrocytes (red) play a major role in repetitive motions like chewing and breathing.

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How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain

By | February 11, 2015

Researchers uncover one way capsaicin—the spicy compound found in chili peppers—provides pain relief.  

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Crayfish Blood Cells Make New Neurons

By | August 13, 2014

Hemocytes can form neurons in adult crayfish, a study shows.

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Neurons in Action

By | May 19, 2014

Researchers image the electrical impulses of the C. elegans and zebrafish nervous systems.

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Extra Eyeballs on the Eye

By | May 6, 2014

A legion of citizen-scientist gamers helps a team of researchers explain a long-standing riddle of how the retina processes motion.

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Another Way Fiber Is Filling

By | April 29, 2014

Acetate, a short-chain fatty acid released following the fermentation of dietary fiber in the gut, accumulates in the brain and can affect appetite in mice.

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Protein Protects Aging Brain

By | March 19, 2014

Study suggests that REST may be a key regulator of neuronal stress and could play a role in staving off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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Week in Review: February 24–28

By | February 28, 2014

New PLOS data sharing rules; mouse cortical connectome published; reprogramming astrocytes into neurons and fibroblasts into hepatocytes

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Making New Spinal Neurons

By | February 25, 2014

With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.

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Behavior Brief

By | November 17, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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