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Pleasant to the Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.


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Learning During Sleep

By | August 26, 2012

Information picked up while we slumber can stay with us when we awake, even if we aren’t aware of it.


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Neuroscientist Falsifies Data?

By | August 9, 2012

An investigation of a well-known Dutch brain researcher finds evidence that she misrepresented data in 15 papers, but she is refuting the findings.


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Boosting Antipsychotic Drugs

By | August 5, 2012

Chemicals that change the way DNA is packaged could improve the effects of current antipsychotics.


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Brain Expression

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers map the expression patterns of 1,000 genes in the human brain.


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Megan Carey: Cerebellum Prober

By | August 1, 2012

Group Leader, Neuroscience Program, Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal; HHMI International Early Career Scientist; Age: 38


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Painting the Protein Atomic, 1961

By | August 1, 2012

Irving Geis’s revolutionary painting of sperm whale myoglobin illuminated the nascent field of protein structure.

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Fly Guy

By | August 1, 2012

For Michael Dickinson, Drosophila are more than winged gene holders—they’re sophisticated systems for translating sensory information into flight instructions.

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Memory Not Reliable, Court Says

By | July 30, 2012

New Jersey judges are now required to explain to jurors that the human memory is prone to errors.


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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of



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