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Air Pollution Stunts Cognition

By Tia Ghose | July 6, 2011

Particulates in the air can cause impaired learning and depression in mice.

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Brain Cells Self-Amplify

By Jef Akst | July 5, 2011

A certain type of neural precursor does it all—replaces itself, differentiates into specialized brain cells, and multiplies into more stem-cell-like cells.

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Pain-Free Love

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2011

Love can buffer people from pain by invoking feelings of safety and reassurance.

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The Birth of Optogenetics

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

An account of the path to realizing tools for controlling brain circuits with light.

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Balancing Biases

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2011

How cognitive prejudices can influence research decisions, and how the pitfalls of human nature can be avoided.

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Americans Support Stem Cell Research

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2011

A new study finds that more than two thirds of Americans approve of the use of stem cells in research aiming to cure serious diseases.

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OPSINS: Tools of the trade

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 

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A Scar Nobly Got

By Michael Willrich | July 1, 2011

The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.

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Capsule Reviews

By Richard P. Grant | July 1, 2011

Solar, The Dark X, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, Spiral

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Cristina Luiggi | July 1, 2011

Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.

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