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Top Technical Advances 2015
Kerry Grens | Dec 24, 2015
’s choice of major improvements in imaging, optogenetics, single-cell analyses, and CRISPR
Karen Zusi | Nov 24, 2015
Researchers use a conducting polymer to construct circuits inside plant cuttings in a proof-of-concept study.
Identity-Shifting Brain Cells
Ruth Williams | Sep 10, 2015
Cortical interneurons in mice exhibit activity-dependent alterations to their characteristic firing patterns.
Cutting the Wire
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Dec 1, 2014
Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials
The Body Electric, 1840s
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2014
Emil du Bois-Reymond’s innovations for recording electrical signals from living tissue set the stage for today’s neural monitoring techniques.
Ruth Williams | Oct 1, 2014
Scientists adapt an in vivo retina recorder for ex vivo use.
Abby Olena | Oct 28, 2013
A study shows that dendrites not only transmit information between neurons, but also process some of that information.
Next Generation: The Brain Bot
Megan Scudellari | May 29, 2012
A 30-year-old technique to record the electrical activity of neurons gets a robotic makeover.
What the Brain Hears
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 1, 2012
By recording nerve impulses in sound-processing regions of the brain, researchers can recreate the words people think.
Animal Electricity, circa 1781
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 28, 2011
How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.