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In people with epilepsy, transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) does not affect memory-related brainwaves as widely claimed, researchers report.

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Opinion: How to Define Cell Type

By Sara B. Linker, Tracy A. Bedrosian, and Fred H. Gage | November 1, 2017

Advances in single-cell technologies have revealed vast differences between cells once thought to be in the same category, calling into question how we define cell type in the first place.

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Image of the Day: Fish Eye Lens

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2017

Researchers develop a new method to highlight specific cells that reside in the lens of a zebrafish.

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An Eye Scan for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Shawna Williams | November 1, 2017

Researchers aim for a routine screen to detect the neurodegenerative disease—decades before symptoms appear.

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Contributors

By Jef Akst and Bob Grant | November 1, 2017

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

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Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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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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Infographic: Breaking into the Brain

By Amanda B. Keener | November 1, 2017

The blood-brain barrier is a collection of specialized cells and proteins that control the movement of molecules from the blood to the central nervous system.

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Infographic: Reading the Mind’s Magnetism

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2017

Newly designed sensors detect the magnetic fields generated by electrical activity within cat brains.

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