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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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Specialized Neurons Encode Social Learning in Humans

By Karen Zusi | September 6, 2016

Activity in the anterior cingulate cortex corresponds with observing the behavior of others when their actions, or the subsequent outcomes, don’t match one’s expectation.

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Environmental Magnetite in the Human Brain

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 6, 2016

Mineral nanoparticles similar to those that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease may enter the brain through the inhalation of polluted air.

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The History of Optogenetics Revised

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2016

Credit for the neuroscience technique has largely overlooked the researcher who first demonstrated the method.

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This is Your Brain on Art

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2016

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel talks about how our brains perceive and understand works of art.

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In Chapter 13, “Why Is Reductionism Successful in Art?” author Eric Kandel explores what about abstract art challenges the human brain.

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Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors

By Alison F. Takemura | September 1, 2016

Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.

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How Art Can Inform Brain Science, and Vice Versa

By Eric Kandel | September 1, 2016

Reductionism may be the key to bridging the gap between the humanities and the sciences.

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