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Urban Owl-Fitters

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities


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BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s

By Jef Akst | November 30, 2015

The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.


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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By Bob Grant | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.


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Cortical Census

By Ruth Williams | November 26, 2015

Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.

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Gut Bugs to Brain: You’re Stuffed

By Kerry Grens | November 24, 2015

Bacteria in the intestine produce proteins that stop rodents from eating.


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Opinion: Brain Scans in the Courtroom

By Andreas Kuersten | November 23, 2015

Advances in neuroimaging have improved our understanding of the brain, but the resulting data do little to help judges and juries determine criminal culpability.


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How Gastric Bypass Can Kill Sugar Cravings

By Ruth Williams | November 19, 2015

A type of bariatric surgery eliminates gut-to-brain signals that trigger sugar highs, a mouse study shows.  

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Brain Fold Tied to Hallucinations

By Kerry Grens | November 19, 2015

A shorter crease in the medial prefrontal cortex is linked with a higher risk of schizophrenics experiencing hallucinations.


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Appetite, Obesity, and the Brain

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2015

How the foods that make us fattest are not that different from heroin and cocaine


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Embracing the Unknown

By Jamie Holmes | November 1, 2015

Researchers are showing that ambiguity can be essential to brain development.

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