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Controlling Cockroaches

By | October 8, 2013

Responses to RoboRoach, a behavior-controlling cockroach backpack, vary from enthusiasm to ethical concerns.

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An Olfaction Odyssey

By | October 1, 2013

Thanks to a book, a war, and a big green caterpillar, John Hildebrand found himself mapping the exquisite and surprising wiring of the insect olfactory system.

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Book Excerpt from Evolution and Medicine

By | October 1, 2013

In Chapter 11, “Man-made diseases,” author Robert Perlman describes how socioeconomic health disparities arise in hierarchical societies.

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Contributors

By | October 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Get a Whiff of This

By | October 1, 2013

An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions

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Scents in a Flash

By | October 1, 2013

The modern technique of optogenetics stimulates the complex act of smelling with a simple flash of light.

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The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873

By | October 1, 2013

A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.

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Three-Way Parenthood

By , and | October 1, 2013

Avoiding the transmission of mitochondrial disease takes a trio, but raises a host of logistical issues.

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Smell and the Degenerating Brain

By | October 1, 2013

An impaired sense of smell is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and some other neurodegenerative diseases. Could it be a useful diagnostic tool?

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Ballet Brain

By | September 30, 2013

The areas corresponding to balance in the brains of trained ballet dancers differ from those of non-dancers.

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