Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Scans of eight fossilized adult and infant Australopithecus afarensis skulls reveal a prolonged period of brain growth during development that may have set the stage for extended childhood learning in later hominins.
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains
Image of the Day: Slow-Growing Brains

Scans of eight fossilized adult and infant Australopithecus afarensis skulls reveal a prolonged period of brain growth during development that may have set the stage for extended childhood learning in later hominins.

Scans of eight fossilized adult and infant Australopithecus afarensis skulls reveal a prolonged period of brain growth during development that may have set the stage for extended childhood learning in later hominins.

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Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System
Ashley Yeager | Mar 24, 2020
The symptoms suggest SARS-CoV-2 might infect neurons, raising questions about whether there could be effects on the brain that play a role in patients’ deaths, but the data are preliminary.
Alternate Activation of Two Brain Systems Tied to Consciousness
Alternate Activation of Two Brain Systems Tied to Consciousness
Ruth Williams | Mar 12, 2020
Imaging reveals how cyclical patterns of brain activity differ between conscious and unresponsive individuals.
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Amy Schleunes | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists have developed a tissue-clearing protocol that allows them to peer into entire, transparent human organs.
Image of the Day: Big Body, Little Brain
Image of the Day: Big Body, Little Brain
Amy Schleunes | Feb 20, 2020
An extinct rodent relative of the capybara appears to have had a smaller brain-to-body ratio than similar species.
Image of the Day: Brainless Frogs
Image of the Day: Brainless Frogs
Amy Schleunes | Feb 18, 2020
Without a brain, the frog embryo immune system doesn’t receive the signals it needs to mobilize macrophages and fight infections.
DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
Abby Olena | Feb 5, 2020
Cell lines from individuals with macrocephalic autism spectrum disorder have an increased number of double-strand breaks in the DNA of long neural genes.
Bruce McEwen, Stress Hormone Researcher, Dies
Bruce McEwen, Stress Hormone Researcher, Dies
Emily Makowski | Jan 6, 2020
The Rockefeller University neuroendocrinologist made landmark discoveries on how hormones affect brain structure.
Artificial Neurons Fire in Life-Like Patterns
Artificial Neurons Fire in Life-Like Patterns
Ashley Yeager | Dec 4, 2019
The silicon chips receive and send electrical signals, recreating activity from neurons in the rat brain that play a role in breathing and thinking.
Innovation in a DishInnovation in a Dish
Innovation in a Dish
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2019
Sergiu Pasca, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, describes his unique approach studying brain diseases.