Scientists Use Photosynthesis to Power an Animal’s Brain
Scientists Use Photosynthesis to Power an Animal’s Brain
Injecting oxygen-generating algae into tadpoles allows brain activity to continue in the absence of oxygen, researchers find.
Scientists Use Photosynthesis to Power an Animal’s Brain
Scientists Use Photosynthesis to Power an Animal’s Brain

Injecting oxygen-generating algae into tadpoles allows brain activity to continue in the absence of oxygen, researchers find.

Injecting oxygen-generating algae into tadpoles allows brain activity to continue in the absence of oxygen, researchers find.

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Is Your Brain Wired for Numbers?
Is Your Brain Wired for Numbers?
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2021
Our perception of quantity, separate from counting or estimation of magnitude more generally, is foundational to human cognition, according to some neuroscientists.
Experiment Gone Awry Suggests Novel Way to Combat Hypoxia
Experiment Gone Awry Suggests Novel Way to Combat Hypoxia
Phil Jaekl | Oct 1, 2021
While exploring suspended animation in mice, scientists discover how an enzyme can protect the brain from dangerously low levels of oxygen.
Infographic: Single-Cell Recordings Identify “Number Neurons”
Infographic: Single-Cell Recordings Identify “Number Neurons”
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2021
Some nerve cells in the brains of macaques respond selectively to particular numbers, hinting at a specialized pathway for extracting information about numerical quantity.
Bless You: Mouse Model Reveals Molecular Pathway Behind Sneezing
Bless You: Mouse Model Reveals Molecular Pathway Behind Sneezing
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2021
Researchers have identified specific cells and neuropeptides involved in mediating the sneeze response in mice exposed to allergens or chemical irritants such as capsaicin.
Microglia as Therapeutic Targets in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Microglia as Therapeutic Targets in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Sruthi S. Balakrishnan | Oct 1, 2021
Pharmaceutical companies ramp up efforts to get the brain’s immune cells to help treat Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, but not everyone agrees the approach will be effective.
The Link Between Wandering and Sleeping Minds
The Link Between Wandering and Sleeping Minds
Annie Melchor | Oct 1, 2021
Researchers discover that when the mind wanders or goes blank, some parts of the brain behave as they do during sleep.
Infographic: The Neural Pathway of Sneezing
Infographic: The Neural Pathway of Sneezing
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2021
A mouse study identifies the brain regions and specific signaling factors that regulate the sneeze response.
Years of Prozac Alter Lipids in Young Monkeys’ Brains: Study
Years of Prozac Alter Lipids in Young Monkeys’ Brains: Study
James M. Gaines | Sep 10, 2021
Long-term administration of the antidepressant fluoxetine was tied to decreased concentrations of about 100 different brain lipids in adolescent macaques, hinting at a potential mechanism underlying the drug’s rare but severe side effects.
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Abby Olena | Jul 21, 2021
The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.
How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
How Scientists Are Tackling Brain Imaging’s Replication Problem
Angie Voyles Askham | Jul 9, 2021
Researchers who spoke with Spectrum say that while brain imaging tools have their limitations, they still hold promise in helping to unlock the brain’s secrets. 
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Infographic: Reverse Signaling Between Neurons
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
So-called mossy fiber synapses in the hippocampus can meter the amount of neurotransmitter they receive by sending glutamate against the usual direction of synaptic flow.
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Hippocampal Cell Communication Is Bidirectional: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 4, 2021
In an unexpected twist in neuroscience dogma, the cells on the receiving end of neurotransmission appear to be able to release glutamate to regulate the transmitting cell’s activity.
Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
Shawna Williams | May 13, 2021
The experimental system, developed and tested in just one patient so far, relies on brain signals associated with handwriting to achieve the fastest communication yet seen with BCI.