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The Dark Side of Melanin

By | February 19, 2015

Researchers uncover a previously unknown way UV light can act on melanin, spurring cancer-causing mutations hours after sun exposure.

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Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies

By | February 18, 2015

Cannabinoids cause appetite-suppressing neurons to produce an appetite-stimulating hormone in mice.

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Signs of Sleep Deprivation in the Blood

By | February 11, 2015

Circulating fats and acids drop in people and rats that aren’t getting enough sleep.

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“Inner GPS” Support

By | February 5, 2015

Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.

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Bouncing Back

By | February 1, 2015

In mice, a transcriptional regulator, β-catenin, activates a microRNA-processing pathway in the nucleus accumbens to promote resilience to social stress.

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Capsule Reviews

By | February 1, 2015

Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?, and Future Arctic

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Stubbornly Persistent

By | February 1, 2015

Microorganisms continually challenge our assumptions of what life can achieve.

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TS Live: The Enemy Within

By | February 1, 2015

How viruses wield tiny molecules of RNA to help them persist in our bodies for years, decades, and sometimes an entire life span

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Contributors

By | February 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2015 issue of The Scientist.

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Crystal Structure, Murky Function

By | January 29, 2015

Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.

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