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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By Edward S. Boyden | July 1, 2011

This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 

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Sleep on it

By Megan Scudellari | June 23, 2011

Scientists invent a method to control the timing and duration of sleep in fruit flies and find that snoozing helps form long-term memories.

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Summit Science

By Alison Snyder | June 20, 2011

Researchers seeking a link between vision problems and the dangerous physiological effects of hypoxia in mountain climbers are taking their work to new heights.

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Head trauma in the funny pages

By Richard P. Grant | June 17, 2011

Researchers are using real-world methods to study traumatic brain injuries in a comic book.

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Stress births neural stem cells

By Jessica P. Johnson | June 15, 2011

When mice are held in isolation, stem cells in the hippocampus make more of themselves and wait for better times.

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2011 World Science Festival: A look back

By The Scientist Staff | June 10, 2011

The Scientist covered some of the events that made this year's festival memorable.

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The rhythm of biology

By Bob Grant | June 3, 2011

An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds and sensations.

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Monkey mind control

By Jessica P. Johnson | May 27, 2011

Even while remaining motionless, macaques are able to increase the activity of a particular brain region, improving their concentration and search abilities.

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Hangover Headache

By Hannah Waters | May 25, 2011

Editor's choice in neuroscience

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Pathogens linked to Parkinson's

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

Although pathogens have long been suspected to play a role in the neurodegeneration of Parkinson's and related diseases (see our December 2010 feature), very little is understood about the mechanics of the process. 

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