archaeology, disease & medicine, neuroscience
Stimulating Neurons with Light and Gold
Stimulating Neurons with Light and Gold
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2015
Researchers develop a technique to trigger neural activity in culture using light to heat gold nanoparticles.
Human Brain Project Reviewed
Human Brain Project Reviewed
Bob Grant | Mar 10, 2015
After weathering serious criticism last year, the European Commission–backed effort to map the brain’s neural connections must reform or die, a review panel says.
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Modifying Memories During Sleep
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 9, 2015
Researchers create a link between a location and a reward in sleeping mice.
Tricky Transfections
Tricky Transfections
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2015
A combination of microinjection and electroporation inserts genes into hard-to-reach cells.
As the Brain Ages
As the Brain Ages
Morten Scheibye-Knudsen | Mar 1, 2015
See human brains age in week-by-week time lapse images that divulge the existence of tiny strokes that damage white matter.
Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies
Neuroscience of Marijuana Munchies
Ruth Williams | Feb 18, 2015
Cannabinoids cause appetite-suppressing neurons to produce an appetite-stimulating hormone in mice.
“Inner GPS” Support
“Inner GPS” Support
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 5, 2015
Grid cells—the neurons that function as a spatial navigation system—require input from another set of neurons, a rat study shows.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2015
Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?, and Future Arctic
Bouncing Back
Bouncing Back
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2015
In mice, a transcriptional regulator, β-catenin, activates a microRNA-processing pathway in the nucleus accumbens to promote resilience to social stress.
Brain Cells Behind Overeating
Brain Cells Behind Overeating
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 29, 2015
Scientists have defined mouse neurons responsible for excessive food consumption at an unprecedented level of detail.