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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By Marc Lewis | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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The Sound of Color

By Jef Akst | May 1, 2012

A completely colorblind musician and painter perceives the world in a new way with help from technology.

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Pigeon GPS Identified

By Megan Scudellari | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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New Brain Stem Cell

By Cristina Luiggi | April 23, 2012

Progenitor cells discovered in the brain’s small blood vessels have the capacity to differentiate into neurons and other tissue types.

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Brain Controls Paralyzed Muscles

By Ed Yong | April 18, 2012

A new system decodes brain signals from the motor cortex of monkeys and translates them into basic arm movements, despite temporary paralysis.

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Forgetting Drug Addiction

By Cristina Luiggi | April 16, 2012

Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.

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Monkeys “Read” Writing

By Megan Scudellari | April 12, 2012

Baboons are able to distinguish printed English words from nonsense sequences of letters—the first step in the reading process.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2012

April 2012's selection of notable quotes

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So You Think About Dance?

By Edyta Zielinska | March 30, 2012

Spectators experience some of the same brain impulses as the dancers they're watching.

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A Beautiful Mind

By Megan Scudellari | March 29, 2012

The human brain is an organized, 3D grid composed of elegant, ribbon-like fibers.

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