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Influential Alzheimer’s Researcher Dies

By Jef Akst | October 6, 2016

Allen Roses, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine, has passed away at age 73.

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Bigger-Brained Species Have Longer Yawns

By Kerry Grens | October 5, 2016

Yawn duration also correlates with the number of cortical neurons, according to a study.

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Zika Infects Adult Monkeys’ Brains

By Kerry Grens | October 5, 2016

A laboratory study finds the virus in the cerebellum in addition to body fluids.

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Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 4, 2016

A literature review finds little evidence that commercial brain-training games can improve everyday cognitive performance, citing methodological shortcomings.

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Study: Enriched Housing Changes Murine T Cells

By Jef Akst | October 3, 2016

Mice that live in a more-stimulating environment for two weeks appear to develop a more-inflammatory immune state that might help protect the animals against infection. 

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An Evolutionary History

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2016

Celebrating 30 years and a resurrection

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Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.

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Saving Jon

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Meet the researcher/entrepreneur who started a nonprofit that seeks to solve the science behind a rare disease that threatens the life of her younger brother.

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New and Old Techniques in Modern Neuroscience

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Imaging and manipulating the brain has come a long way from electrodes and the patch clamp, though such traditional tools remain essential.

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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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