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Stimulating Neurons with Light and Gold

By | March 12, 2015

Researchers develop a technique to trigger neural activity in culture using light to heat gold nanoparticles.


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Seeing Red

By | February 1, 2015

Scientists attempt to work out how humans are able to see in the infrared.


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From the Feature Well

By | December 30, 2014

A review of The Scientist’s 2014 special issues, highlighting trending areas of research across the life sciences


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Retinal Film Detects Light

By | November 13, 2014

A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.


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Turning Back the Brain’s Clock

By | October 15, 2014

The brain’s ability to make new neural connections can be restored in mice by blocking a protein that normally acts as a natural brake on neuroplasticity. 

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The Eye

By | October 1, 2014

An overview of visual processing

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The Bionic Eye

By | October 1, 2014

Using the latest technologies, researchers are constructing novel prosthetic devices to restore vision in the blind.


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A Visionary’s Poor Vision, 1685

By | October 1, 2014

William Briggs’s theory of optic nerve architecture was unusual and incorrect, but years later it led to Isaac Newton’s explanation of binocular vision.

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An Eye for Detail

By | October 1, 2014

Vision researcher John Dowling has spent a lifetime studying the neural architecture of the retina. He is closing his laboratory after 53 years, opting to extend these studies as a postdoc.


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Cone Cell Correctors

By | October 1, 2014

In mice, adult cone cell outer segments and their visual functions deteriorate if two microRNAs are not present.


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