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Photos of the Year

By Katarina Zimmer | December 25, 2017

From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.

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Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold

By Abby Olena | December 19, 2017

Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

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Book Excerpt from Jane on the Brain

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

In chapter 3, “The Sense of Sensibility,” author Wendy Jones uses scenes from one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels to illustrate the functioning of the body’s stress response system.

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Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.

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Passing the Torch

By Mary Beth Aberlin | December 1, 2017

Looking back, looking forward

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Sense, Sensibility, and Neuroscience

By Wendy Jones | December 1, 2017

Jane Austen can teach us a lot about how our brains handle uncertainty.

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2017 Top 10 Innovations

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2017

From single-cell analysis to whole-genome sequencing, this year’s best new products shine on many levels.

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New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.

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