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Flickers of Hope

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 1, 2017

Li-Huei Tsai began her career in cancer biology, then took a fearless leap into neuroscience, making singular breakthroughs along the way.

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Implanted Magnetic Probes Measure Brain Activity

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

Micrometer-size magnetrodes detect activity-generated magnetic fields within living brains.

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Kyle Smith Shines a Light on Addiction

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

The Dartmouth College professor uses optogenetics to probe the neurological routes of habitual behavior.

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Lessons in Memory from a Champ

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2017

A four-time winner of the USA Memory Championship is helping scientists understand how the brain works.

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Lighting Up Monkey Brains

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 1, 2017

Optogenetic and chemogenetic tools illuminate brain and behavior connections in nonhuman primates.

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Neural Reward System Activity Varies Throughout the Day

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2017

The human brain is more responsive to rewards received in the morning or evening than in the afternoon, researchers find.

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Presynaptic Neurons Fine-Tune Dopamine Signaling

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2017

Vesicles load more of the neurotransmitter in response to neuronal activity, researchers find.

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Healthy siblings of people with the condition harbor more cohesive connections within certain brain networks.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2017

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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The Benefits of Trepidation

By Abigail Marsh | November 1, 2017

While wiping fear from our brains may seem attractive, the emotion is an essential part of our behavioral repertoire.

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