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Repainting Ancient Birds

By | July 1, 2011

Using synchrotron rapid scanning X-ray fluorescence to map the distribution of trace metals in avian fossils over 120 million-year-old, researchers reconstruct the pigment patterns of their feathers—revealing some of the extinct birds' long-lost colors.

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The Birth of Optogenetics

By | July 1, 2011

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

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Balancing Biases

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | July 1, 2011

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

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By | July 1, 2011

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

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Thymus Finder

By | July 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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Best in Academia, 2011

By | July 1, 2011

Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 

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