bioluminescence, neuroscience, disease & medicine
Measuring Consciousness
Measuring Consciousness
Dan Cossins | Apr 17, 2013
Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.
Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience
Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience
Bob Grant | Apr 16, 2013
A new study blames the unreliable nature of some research in the field on underpowered statistical analyses.
Beer Tastes Intoxicating
Beer Tastes Intoxicating
Sabrina Richards | Apr 15, 2013
Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.
A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids
A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids
Kate Yandell | Apr 11, 2013
Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.
Obama Unveils Brain Project
Obama Unveils Brain Project
Dan Cossins | Apr 3, 2013
Starting in 2014, the federally funded initiative will seek to develop new technologies capable of mapping the activity in the human brain.
Speed-Sensitive Denticles
Speed-Sensitive Denticles
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2013
Tooth-like structures on the skin of a South American fish might serve as high-velocity water-flow detectors.
An Ear for Home
An Ear for Home
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2013
Pigeons may use ultra-low-frequency sounds to navigate—a strategy that could steer them off course in the face of infrasonic disturbances, such as sonic booms.
Branching Out
Branching Out
Dan Cossins | Apr 1, 2013
Satellites of the Golgi apparatus generate the microtubules used to grow outer dendrite branches in Drosophila neurons.
After Chemo
After Chemo
Ellen A. Walker | Apr 1, 2013
Research into how the brain suffers as a result of chemotherapy is revealing potential avenues for ameliorating cognitive decline.
Brain Activity Predicts Re-arrest
Brain Activity Predicts Re-arrest
Dan Cossins | Mar 27, 2013
Researchers demonstrate that brain activity in response to a decision-making challenge predicts the likelihood that released prisoners will be re-arrested.