bioluminescence, neuroscience, disease & medicine
Week in Review: August 5–9
Week in Review: August 5–9
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2013
Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans
Mapping Humans’ Mental GPS
Mapping Humans’ Mental GPS
Tracy Vence | Aug 5, 2013
Scientists have located a type of brain cell that helps people navigate unfamiliar territory.
Remodeling Myelin
Remodeling Myelin
Dan Cossins | Aug 1, 2013
New oligodendrocytes in the adult mouse brain appear to remodel existing myelin sheaths, which may fine-tune the speed of nerve impulses.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Annie Gottlieb | Jul 1, 2013
Denial, Probably Approximately Correct, Permanent Present Tense, and Against Their Will
Opinion: On Living Longer
Opinion: On Living Longer
Raza M. Naqvi | Jun 24, 2013
Memory loss in healthy older adults is on the rise, as are preventive treatments—but there is little evidence that these remedies are effective.
Week in Review, June 17–21
Week in Review, June 17–21
Jef Akst | Jun 21, 2013
On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity
The Human Brain in Exquisite Detail
The Human Brain in Exquisite Detail
Ruth Williams | Jun 20, 2013
Scientists create BigBrain—an ultrahigh resolution 3–D model of the human think-box.
Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain
Opinion: Toxicants and the Brain
Philippe Grandjean | Jun 17, 2013
Investment in brain research should aim at protecting the brains of the future from harmful environmental pollutants.
Learning to Use Brain-Computer Interfaces
Learning to Use Brain-Computer Interfaces
Ed Yong | Jun 10, 2013
Controlling computers with the mind and learning motor skills rely on a similar set of brain regions.
Human Adult Neurogenesis Revealed
Human Adult Neurogenesis Revealed
Dan Cossins | Jun 7, 2013
Retrospective carbon dating of human hippocampal cells confirms substantial adult neurogenesis and suggests that the process contributes to brain function.