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Speaking of Science

By | July 1, 2012

July 2012's selection of notable quotes

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The First Australopithecus, 1925

By | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.

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Brain Mosaic

By | July 1, 2012

Retrotransposons contribute to genetic variability in human brain cells.

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SNAREs at the Synapse

By | July 1, 2012

Using tiny lipid discs, scientists resolve contradictory evidence about how many proteins are required for neurotransmitter release.

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Natural Antidepressant Discovered

By | June 25, 2012

A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.

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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.

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fMRI Mind Reader

By | June 14, 2012

A neuroscientist tries to communicate with people in a vegetative state using brain imaging techniques.

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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 

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Capsule Reviews

By | June 1, 2012

The Aha! Moment, Imagine, Ignorance, and The Age of Insight

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Finding Phasmids

By | June 1, 2012

Researchers rediscover a giant insect, thought to have gone extinct a century ago, and plan to reintroduce it to its native island off the coast of Australia.

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