anthropology, neuroscience
Air Pollution Stunts Cognition
Tia Ghose | Jul 6, 2011
Particulates in the air can cause impaired learning and depression in mice.
Brain Cells Self-Amplify
Jef Akst | Jul 5, 2011
A certain type of neural precursor does it all—replaces itself, differentiates into specialized brain cells, and multiplies into more stem-cell-like cells.
Pain-Free Love
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2011
Love can buffer people from pain by invoking feelings of safety and reassurance.
The Birth of Optogenetics
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
An account of the path to realizing tools for controlling brain circuits with light.
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2011
Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.
Foresight
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2011
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.
Best in Academia, 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2011
Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 
Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 
Sleep on it
Megan Scudellari | Jun 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.