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Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons

By | July 1, 2011

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

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Deadly Bovine Disease Ousted

By | June 30, 2011

United Nation officials declare rinderpest the first animal disease to be fully eradicated.

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Genome Digest

By | June 28, 2011

Meet the species whose DNA has recently been sequenced.

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Mail

By | June 23, 2011

A selection of comments from our readers.

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Sleep on it

By | 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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New fungal hiding places

By | June 23, 2011

Whether it’s in the arctic or a commonplace kitchen appliance, deadly fungal species wait for the right opportunity to strike.

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The cost of flocking

By | June 22, 2011

Flying in a flock comes at a considerable energetic cost for pigeons, raising the question of why they do it.

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Summit Science

By | 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 | June 17, 2011

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

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Plant scientists, innovators

By | June 16, 2011

Fifteen plant biologists are selected to take part in a new initiative in fundamental plant science research.

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