Art and the Brain

Volume 28 Issue 5 | May 2014

Cover Story


By Anjan Chatterjee | May 1, 2014

Researchers unravel the biology of beauty and art.

Featured Articles

image: Building Flesh and Blood

Building Flesh and Blood

By Jalees Rehman | May 1, 2014

Understanding how networks of blood vessels form is key to engineering transplantable organs and tissues.

image: Where the Wild Things Were

Where the Wild Things Were

By Daniel Cossins | May 1, 2014

Conservationists are reintroducing large animals to areas they once roamed, providing ecologists with the chance to assess whether such “rewilding” efforts can restore lost ecosystems.




Meet some of the people featured in the May 2014 issue of The Scientist


Your Brain on Art

A new scientific discipline investigates the neurology underlying the experience and the creation of beauty.

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

May 2014's selection of notable quotes

Online First

Caught on Camera

Selected Images of the Day from


Dog’s Worst Friend

US dogs face a deadly threat from algae-spawned toxins lurking in lakes, but there may be an antidote.

Unsinkable Evidence

Genetic testing disproves one woman’s claims to have been a survivor of the Titanic disaster.

The Youngest Victims

Linking single-gene defects to inflammatory bowel disease in young children may help all sufferers of the illness.


The Crowd Takes On the Computer

Gangs of nonexperts are outperforming science’s best efforts at automating biological problem solving.

Critic at Large

Psychiatry: An SOS Call

Social policies shaped the practice of psychiatry in the past. As the discipline becomes ever more scientific, the effects of social policy on patient well-being must not be ignored.

Modus Operandi

Fuel Gauge

An optical reporter quantitatively measures the ATP demands of presynaptic neurons.

The Literature

Inactive Actin

Clathrin-mediated endocytosis shuts down during mitosis in eukaryotic cells because all of the required actin is hoarded by the cytoskeleton.

Long-Distance Call

Neurons may use interferon signals transmitted over great distances to fend off viral infection.

The Telltale Tail

A symbiotic relationship between squid and bacteria provides an alternative explanation for bacterial sheathed flagella.


The Energizer

György Hajnóczky uncovers the chemical and physical strategies by which mitochondria communicate and function within a cell.

Scientist to Watch

Sophie Dumont: Forces at Play

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 38

Lab Tools

Accelerating Antibody Discovery

Techniques for faster discovery and isolation of human monoclonal antibodies

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Tools for tracking quorum-sensing signals in bacterial colonies

Bio Business

Sharing the Wealth

From research results to electronic health records, biomedical data are becoming increasingly accessible. How can scientists best capitalize on the information deluge?

Reading Frames

The Skin We’re In

Beneath maladies of the skin lie psychosocial stigma and pain.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Madness and Memory, Promoting the Planck Club, The Carnivore Way, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons


H.M.’s Brain, 1953–Present

A temporal lobectomy led to profound memory impairment in a man who became the subject of neuroscientists for the rest of his life—and beyond.

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