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Image of the Day: Puzzle Plants

By The Scientist Staff | March 19, 2018

The jigsaw-shape cells found in the epidermis of many plants may serve to reduce mechanical stress on cell walls.

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Monitoring Mutations with Microfluidics

By Ruth Williams | March 15, 2018

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

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The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.

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Host slugs given Prozac to increase their serotonin levels no longer avoid parasitic nematodes, the same behavior seen in infected slugs.

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Prominent Neuroscientist Fired by Columbia, HHMI

By Shawna Williams | March 8, 2018

The specific reason for Thomas Jessell’s dismissal has not been disclosed.

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The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  

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Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain

By The Scientist Staff | March 6, 2018

Researchers have constructed the first neuroanatomy atlas of a female mosquito’s brain.

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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.

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Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis

By The Scientist Staff | March 5, 2018

The hawkmoth’s brain uses a different area to search for food than it does to look for where to lay eggs.  

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In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.

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