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Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 4, 2016

A literature review finds little evidence that commercial brain-training games can improve everyday cognitive performance, citing methodological shortcomings.

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An Evolutionary History

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2016

Celebrating 30 years and a resurrection

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Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.

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New and Old Techniques in Modern Neuroscience

By Alison F. Takemura | October 1, 2016

Imaging and manipulating the brain has come a long way from electrodes and the patch clamp, though such traditional tools remain essential.

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Thirty Years of Progress

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Since The Scientist published its first issue in October 1986, life-science research has transformed from a manual and often tedious task to a high-tech, largely automated process of unprecedented efficiency.

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Circadian-Controlled Thirst

By Ruth Williams | September 28, 2016

Scientists determine how the brain’s central clock regulates drinking prior to sleep in rodents.

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Facebook CEO’s Donation a Boon to Basic Science

By Kerry Grens | September 25, 2016

But can $3 billion dollars meet the lofty goals of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative?

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Opinion: Turkey’s Scientists Under Pressure

By Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Kirstin R.W. Matthews | September 14, 2016

The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility toward science.

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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