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By | December 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2012 issue of The Scientist.


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Leading Neuroscientist Dies

By | November 30, 2012

Laurent Descarries, well known for his research on the brain’s axon terminals, has passed away at the age of 73.

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Rats Get Placebo Effect

By | November 28, 2012

Rodents experience placebo-induced pain relief, providing a new model with which to investigate the phenomenon.


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Coughing Seashells

By | November 28, 2012

A type of scallop expels water and waste through a sort of cough that could reveal clues about water quality.

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Beetles Warm BC Forests

By | November 27, 2012

Using satellite data, researchers calculate that mountain pine beetle infestations raise summertime temperatures in British Columbia’s pine forests by 1 degree Celsius.


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More Animal Welfare Problems at UCSF

By | November 27, 2012

Lab inspection reports and internal documents reveal incidents involving the mistreatment of research animals at the University of California, San Francisco.


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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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Old New Species

By | November 20, 2012

Decades can pass between the discovery of a new animal or plant and its official debut in the scientific literature.


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Einstein’s Unusual Brain

By | November 19, 2012

Previously unreleased photographs show that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features that could explain his extraordinary cognitive abilities.


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No Sex Required

By | November 19, 2012

An all-female species, distantly related to flatworms, steals all of genetic material it needs to diversify its genome.


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