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Rats Are Ticklish, Sometimes

By Joshua A. Krisch | November 14, 2016

Researchers may have pinpointed the part of the brain that makes rats laugh when tickled.

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Barcoding the Connectome

By The Scientist Staff | November 11, 2016

Watch how researchers use RNA to track where neurons' axons end in the mouse brain.

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New Support for Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

By Jef Akst | November 2, 2016

Merck’s verubecestat, which is currently being tested in two Phase 3 studies, is safe, according to newly published Phase 1 data.

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Book Excerpt from The New Science of Consciousness

By Paul L. Nunez | November 1, 2016

In Chapter 1, author Paul L. Nunez sets the stage for a scientific exploration of the inky depths of consciousness.

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Can Science Crack Consciousness?

By Paul L. Nunez | November 1, 2016

Researchers seek to disentangle the complexity of the human mind from a cross-disciplinary perspective, but the phenomenon may be out of the reach of human understanding.

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Contributors

By Ben Andrew Henry | November 1, 2016

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

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From Body to Brain

By The Scientist Staff | November 1, 2016

Researcher Michal Schwartz discusses the promise of neuroimmunology to treat neurological disease.

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Jason Castro Tackles Olfactory Mysteries

By Ben Andrew Henry | November 1, 2016

Assistant Professor, Bates College. Age: 37

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Neural Connectome Method Uses mRNA Barcodes

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2016

Researchers swap microscopy for RNA sequencing to track neural paths in the mouse brain.  

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Neural Network Found That Helps Control Breathing

By Catherine Offord | November 1, 2016

The results suggest that breathing is orchestrated by three—rather than two—excitatory circuits in the medulla.

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