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Handy Apes

By | September 1, 2014

Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.

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Light-Activated Memory Switch

By | August 27, 2014

Scientists use optogenetics to swap out negative memories for positive ones—and vice versa—in mice.

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Lab-Grown 3-D Brain Tissue Mimics Cortex

By | August 11, 2014

From cortical neurons, researchers have engineered rat tissue that formed complex networks of functioning neurons and appeared to behave normally after an injury.

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Molecular Neuroscientist Dies

By | August 11, 2014

Stephen Heinemann, who along with his colleagues identified the genes encoding the major excitatory neurotransmitter receptors in the brain, has passed away at age 75.

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Neural Stem Cells Sprout Long Axons

By | August 7, 2014

Early neurons reprogrammed from human skin cells show unprecedented axonal growth in a rat model of spinal cord injury.

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Beyond Cat Killing

By | August 1, 2014

Capsule reviewed author Ian Leslie sets up his latest book, Curious, about the human propensity to wonder and learn.

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Capsule Reviews

By | August 1, 2014

The Myth of Mirror Neurons, Curious, Shadow Medicine, and Doctored

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Contributors

By | August 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Small Packages

By | August 1, 2014

When proverbs come true

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