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Examining Sleep’s Roles in Memory and Learning

By | June 13, 2016

Autonomic nervous system activity during sleep may help explain variation in the extent to which the behavior aids memory consolidation, a study shows.

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Fish Out of Water

By | June 7, 2016

A researcher documents electric eels jumping out of the water to shock potential threats, confirming a centuries-old anecdotal report of the behavior.

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2016 Kavli Prize Winners

By | June 2, 2016

This year’s awards honor discoveries on brain plasticity and the development of atomic force microscopy.

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Book Excerpt from Wondrous Truths

By | June 1, 2016

In Chapter 2 author J.D. Trout highlights the dividing line between truth and scientific “fact.”

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Contributors

By | June 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Meet An Artist With No Hands

By | June 1, 2016

The brain can compensate for missing body parts, allowing some people, such as Matthias Buchinger, to function at a very high level despite their disabilities.

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Students Study Their Own Microbiomes

By | June 1, 2016

Pooping into a petri dish is becoming standard practice as part of some college biology courses.

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Zebra Finches Aid Neurodegeneration Research

By | June 1, 2016

Bird brains might tell us a lot about how human brains malfunction in diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Gut Bacteria for Insect RNAi

By | June 1, 2016

Lacing insect food with microbes encoding double-stranded RNAs can suppress insect gene expression.

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Toward Targeted Therapies for Autoimmune Disorders

By | June 1, 2016

Training the immune system to cease fire on native tissues could improve outcomes for autoimmune patients, but clinical progress has been slow.

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