DNA sequencing, neuroscience, developmental biology
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
OPSINS: Tools of the trade
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
The optogenetic toolset is composed of genetically encoded molecules that, when targeted to specific neurons in the brain, enable the electrical activity of those neurons to be driven or silenced by light. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2011
Eleanor Simpson on how dopamine helps rats learn and may lead humans to addiction.
Foresight
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2011
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.
Best in Academia, 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2011
Meet some of the finalists of this year's Best Places to Work in Academia survey. 
Optogenetics: A Light Switch for Neurons
Edward S. Boyden | Jul 1, 2011
This animation illustrates optogenetics—a radical new technology for controlling brain activity with light. 
Sleep on it
Megan Scudellari | Jun 23, 2011
Scientists invent a method to control the timing and duration of sleep in fruit flies and find that snoozing helps form long-term memories.
Summit Science
Alison Snyder | Jun 20, 2011
Researchers seeking a link between vision problems and the dangerous physiological effects of hypoxia in mountain climbers are taking their work to new heights.
Head trauma in the funny pages
Richard P. Grant | Jun 17, 2011
Researchers are using real-world methods to study traumatic brain injuries in a comic book.
Stress births neural stem cells
Jessica P. Johnson | Jun 15, 2011
When mice are held in isolation, stem cells in the hippocampus make more of themselves and wait for better times.
The Axis of Aging
Hannah Waters | Jun 14, 2011
Editor's choice in developmental biology