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Academics Protest China’s Censorship Requests

By Shawna Williams | February 20, 2018

Scholars have formed a peer-review boycott to encourage journals to take a firm stance against requests to cull sensitive articles.

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Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services

By Diana Kwon | February 20, 2018

A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues.

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Image of the Day: Cuttlefish Camouflage

By The Scientist Staff | February 16, 2018

The cephalopod’s unique ability to disguise itself relies on a single motor nerve exclusively dedicated to skin tension and papillary control.

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Romeo the Frog

By The Scientist Staff | February 14, 2018

When forlorn mating calls went unanswered, biologists set him up with an online dating profile.

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Image of the Day: Mantis Glasses

By The Scientist Staff | February 9, 2018

Researchers outfitted praying mantises with miniature spectacles to investigate how they see the world. 

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Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 8, 2018

Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 

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Researchers develop a new technique to selectively activate neurons deep in the rodent brain, taking a step toward noninvasive brain stimulation for neurological disorders.

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The compound, BCI-838, is already in human clinical trials as a possible treatment for depression.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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Contributors

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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