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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.

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A proposed definition of the disease emphasizes signs of neurodegeneration and the presence of β-amyloid and tau, rather than cognitive symptoms.

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Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

By Diana Kwon | April 5, 2018

The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.

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Researchers identified thousands of immature neurons in the brain region, countering a recent result showing little, if any, signs of neurogenesis.

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Image of the Day: Four Eyes

By The Scientist Staff | April 3, 2018

Ancient monitor lizards had an extra set of “eyes” on top of their heads.

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Image of the Day: Original Fin

By The Scientist Staff | April 2, 2018

Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.

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A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness

By Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | April 1, 2018

After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.

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Contributors

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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image: Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net

Infographic: Structure of the Perineuronal Net

By Daniela Carulli | April 1, 2018

See the web of proteins that make up these neuronal wrappings.

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The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.

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