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By Aggie Mika | October 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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The 38-year-old synthetic biologist comes from a long line of tinkerers and engineers.

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Introducing Batman

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2017

Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.

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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain

By Shawna Williams | October 1, 2017

Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.

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Teaching Humans to Echolocate

By Diana Kwon | October 1, 2017

By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.

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When Dogs Offer Insights into Tigers

By Gregory Berns | October 1, 2017

MRI scans of dog brains open windows into the cognition of the extinct thylacine.

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In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 28, 2017

Embedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.

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A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 28, 2017

One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.

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Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans

By Jef Akst | September 27, 2017

The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.

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Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State

By Shawna Williams | September 25, 2017

Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.

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