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The human brain’s insular cortex is adept at registering distaste for everything from rotten fruit to unfamiliar cultures.

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Long-Term Memory Storage Begins Immediately

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2017

In mice, cells in the prefrontal cortex—where memories are maintained long-term—start to encode a fearful experience right from the start.

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The Search for Methods to Monitor Brain Cooling

By Kerry Grens | June 1, 2017

Newborns deprived of oxygen have their temperatures lowered to protect against brain damage, but it’s hard to decipher the babies’ immediate response to the intervention.


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Brain Freeze

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2017

Meet one child saved from brain damage by cooling therapy.


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Infographic: Plastics’ Effects

By Ee Ling Ng | June 1, 2017

Lab studies suggest that plastic pollutants in the environment could have detrimental effects on animals’ physiology.


Synaptic connections and a new neuron type emerge in high-res images, which hold promise for mapping the complete connectome.

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The Stanford University psychiatrist and neuroscientist known for his contributions to optogenetics and tissue clearing is awarded €4 million by the Fresenius Research Prize.


image: Binge-Eating Neurons Identified

Binge-Eating Neurons Identified

By Jef Akst | May 26, 2017

Inducing activity in the zona incerta region of the brain prompts mice to gorge themselves.


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Smarty Genes

By Ashley P. Taylor | May 23, 2017

Scientists have identified 40 new genes linked to human intelligence.


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Image of the Day: Missing Pieces

By The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2017

Researchers made a 3-D reconstruction of one of neurobiology's most famous brains—that of Henry Gustav Molaison (HM).


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