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Book Excerpt from The Brain Electric

By | October 1, 2015

Author Malcolm Gay explores the science underlying headline-making research into neural prosthetics.

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Brain Freeze

By | October 1, 2015

A common tissue fixation method distorts the true neuronal landscape.

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Brain New World

By | October 1, 2015

The melding of mind and machine uncovers mysteries harbored in the brain.

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Circuit Dynamo

By | October 1, 2015

Eve Marder’s quest to understand neurotransmitter signaling is more than 40 years old and still going strong.

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Contributors

By | October 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2015 issue of The Scientist.

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Holding Neurons Steady

By | October 1, 2015

Scientists engineer a feedback loop to fine-tune neuron activity with optogenetics.

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Into the Limelight

By | October 1, 2015

Glial cells were once considered neurons’ supporting actors, but new methods and model organisms are revealing their true importance in brain function.

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Jacob Hooker: Weaver of Brain Science

By | October 1, 2015

Director of Radiochemistry, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School. Age: 35

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Lefties, Language, and Lateralization

By | October 1, 2015

The long-sought genetic link between handedness and language lateralization patterns in the brain is turning out to be illusory.

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Negative Thinking

By | October 1, 2015

Researchers uncover the first light-controlled negative-ion channels in algae, and they are fast.

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