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Oliver Sacks Dies

By | August 31, 2015

The neurologist and author had written about his recent experiences being “face to face with dying.”


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Eyes Track Dream Scenes

By | August 13, 2015

In vivo recordings from humans reveal that brain activity related to seeing pictures correlates with eye movements during REM sleep.


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Fruit-Fly Neurons in Action

By | August 12, 2015

Researchers visualize the complete nervous system of a Drosophila melanogaster larva at nearly single-neuron resolution.


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Butterflies in Peril

By | August 12, 2015

Several recent studies point to serious—and mysterious—declines in butterfly numbers across the globe.


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Chemical Cocktails Produce Neurons

By | August 6, 2015

Two research groups have devised small-molecule recipes to directly transform fibroblasts into neurons.


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Legal Battle Between UCSD, USC Continues

By | August 6, 2015

The University of Southern California countersues the University of California, San Diego, as a pharmaceutical company ends an Alzheimer’s research–related contract with the latter institution.


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Mimicry Muses

By | August 1, 2015

The animal world is full of clever solutions to bioengineering challenges.


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Cognitive Decline More Swift in Women

By | July 22, 2015

Mental agility in women deteriorates at twice the rate of that in men, according to a study of people with mild cognitive impairment.


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Delayed Turnover

By | July 21, 2015

Aggregate-forming amyloid β proteins are replenished more slowly with age, and this may contribute to a person's risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.


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Why Screams Scare Us

By | July 20, 2015

Analyzing the acoustical qualities of screams and other sounds, researchers pinpoint why people find screams—and emergency vehicle sirens—frightening.

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