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Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.

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Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 1, 2016

The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.

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Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

By Jef Akst | August 31, 2016

Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 

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“Ultimate DISCO” uses a solvent that shrinks whole animals and preserves fluorescence for months.

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Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.

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Stimulating Novel Neural Circuits in the Mouse Brain

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 11, 2016

With light, researchers can coax a group of neurons in the visual cortices of living mice to fire in concert.

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Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating

By Alison F. Takemura | August 8, 2016

Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.

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Bird Rests Both Brain Hemispheres During Flight

By Tracy Vence | August 8, 2016

Great frigatebirds can sleep while flying, researchers report.

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Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2016

Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.

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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2016

Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention

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