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Face to Face with the Emotional Brain

By Ahmad R. Hariri & Paul J. Whalen | February 1, 2011

Amygdala responses to the facial signals of others predict both normal and abnormal emotional states. An understanding of the brain chemistry underlying these responses will lead to new strategies for treating and predicting psychopathology.

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By Bobby Thomas and M. Flint Beal | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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Book excerpt from Everyday Practice of Science

By Frederick Grinnell | February 1, 2011

In Chapter 3, “Credibility: Validating Discovery Claims,” author Frederick Grinnell details the difficulty in making discoveries that buck current scientific paradigms.

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Speaking of Science

By Not cited | February 1, 2011

February 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

Quirk, Darwin's Armada, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay, Elegance in Science

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Down but Not Out

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Cells on standby are surprisingly busy.

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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By Daniel Grushkin | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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Puzzle Me This

By Graeme Stemp-Morlock | February 1, 2011

What substance is supposed to have no effect but can make people feel better, has no chance for a big monetary payoff but is worth billions, and is used in virtually every rigorous clinical trial but has no single, universal formulation? 

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The Evolution of Credibility

By Frederick Grinnell | February 1, 2011

The winding path that an interesting result takes to become a bona fide discovery is just one of the topics covered in this new book on the practice of science.

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