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Electric Fish Kin Wired Differently

By | August 29, 2013

Two new species of closely related electric fishes discovered in the Amazon produce very different electrical signals: one AC, the other DC.

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Lab-Grown Model Brains

By | August 28, 2013

Three-dimensional tissues called “cerebral organoids” can model the earliest stages of brain development.

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Pioneering Neurologist Dies

By | August 27, 2013

Neuroscientist and pediatric neurologist Peter Huttenlocher, who discovered that synapse growth peaks in early childhood, has passed away at age 82.

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Kerfuffle Over Marijuana Claim

By | August 20, 2013

A pro-pot group airs an ad stating marijuana is “less toxic” than alcohol, but a federal science agency disputes the assertion.

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Brain-Based Labels Bunk?

By | August 19, 2013

An fMRI study shows speculations that people are “left-brained” versus “right-brained” are not backed by evidence.

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Week in Review: August 5–9

By | August 9, 2013

Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans

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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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How the NIH Fuels Private Business

By | July 25, 2013

A new report details the ways in which the federal science agency boost the US economy by stimulating the private sector.

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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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