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Estrogen’s New Role

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 2, 2011

The well-studied hormone functions as a neurotransmitter in the brains of zebra finches.

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Deconstructing the Mosaic Brain

By Tom Curran | August 1, 2011

Sequencing the DNA of individual neurons is a way to dissect the genes underlying major neurological and psychological disorders.

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Memory Aid

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Neuroscience

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2011

First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth

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Contributors

August 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Next Generation: World’s Smallest Camera

By Megan Scudellari | July 27, 2011

This lens-free, pinhead-size camera could someday grace the tip of a surgery needle or take cheap 3D images of cells.

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Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age

By Tia Ghose | July 25, 2011

Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.

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Learning Addiction

By Cristina Luiggi | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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Circadian Signs of Aging

By Kerry Grens | July 13, 2011

The neural nexus of the circadian clock shows signs of functional decline as mice age, providing clues as to why sleep patterns tend to change as people grow older.

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Repeated Regeneration

By Megan Scudellari | July 12, 2011

A 16-year-long newt study finds that regeneration remains efficient with repetition and age.

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