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Contributors

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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In Your Dreams

By David Gelernter | March 1, 2016

Understanding the sleeping brain may be the key to unlocking the secrets of the human mind.

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Learning with the Lights Out

By Jenny Rood | March 1, 2016

Researchers are uncovering the link between sleep and learning and how it changes throughout our lives.

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Out in the Cold

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

Serotonin’s long-debated role in sleep promotion is temperature-dependent.

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Sleep Circuit

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

A web of cell types in one of the brain’s chief wake centers keeps animals up—but also puts them to sleep.

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Sugar Time

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2016

Metabolic activity, not light, drives the circadian clock in cyanobacteria.

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Things That Go Bump

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2016

Scientists still don’t know why animals sleep or how to define the ubiquitous behavior.

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What Lies Sleeping

By Philippe Mourrain | March 1, 2016

Why can science still not define this most basic biological process?

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Characterizing Sleep

By James M. Krueger and Sandip Roy | March 1, 2016

Sleep-like patterns of neural activity are apparent not just at the level of the whole brain, but also in isolated neural circuits.

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Go To Bed!

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2016

The immediate consequences of losing out on sleep may be harbingers of long-term repercussions.

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