Massive Philanthropic Infusions Announced for US Universities
Massive Philanthropic Infusions Announced for US Universities
A total of more than $1 billion will go to institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, and branches of the University of California.
Massive Philanthropic Infusions Announced for US Universities
Massive Philanthropic Infusions Announced for US Universities

A total of more than $1 billion will go to institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, and branches of the University of California.

A total of more than $1 billion will go to institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, and branches of the University of California.

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Innovation 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.
Mitochondria from Different Brain Cells Have Different Proteins
Mitochondria from Different Brain Cells Have Different Proteins
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019
Organelles isolated from two types of neurons and a nonneuronal astrocyte in the mouse cerebellum showed varying levels of proteins, hinting at functional differences.
Infographic: What’s in a Mitochondrion?
Infographic: What’s in a Mitochondrion?
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019
A study finds variations in the levels of proteins for some important processes among organelles from different brain cells.
Interactive: Biomarkers in Blood Provide a Window into the Brain
Interactive: Biomarkers in Blood Provide a Window into the Brain
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019
A look at some of the circulating molecules that may indicate various Alzheimer’s pathologies and serve as the bases of noninvasive tests for the disease.
Sleep Study in Antarctica Explores Role of Cultural Differences
Sleep Study in Antarctica Explores Role of Cultural Differences
Alejandra Manjarrez | Dec 1, 2019
Habits such as napping might influence how humans cope with extreme environments, such as those at a polar research facility in winter.
Sergiu Pasca Builds Brains to Study Developmental Disease
Sergiu Pasca Builds Brains to Study Developmental Disease
Emily Makowski | Dec 1, 2019
The Stanford University professor helped develop a technique to grow brain organoids from induced pluripotent stem cells.
The Hunt for a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
The Hunt for a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2019
Researchers hope circulating biomarkers will enable earlier detection and better monitoring of the neurodegenerative disorder—and perhaps help usher in new treatments.
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Ketamine Could Help Cut Alcohol Consumption by Rewiring Memory
Catherine Offord | Nov 27, 2019
Preliminary findings from a clinical trial of heavy drinkers suggest that the drug can weaken certain memories tied to the reward of imbibing, although the mechanisms aren’t fully clear.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
Emily Makowski | Nov 25, 2019
Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Doctors Test if Rapid Chilling Can Save Trauma Patients’ Lives
Doctors Test if Rapid Chilling Can Save Trauma Patients’ Lives
Ashley Yeager | Nov 21, 2019
A clinical trial is underway to see if suspended animation, in which the body is cooled to 10–15 °Celsius, could slow patients’ decline and give doctors time to operate.
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Kerry Grens | Nov 20, 2019
A small study finds that patients who had half their brains removed to treat epilepsy have stronger neural networks than controls, perhaps explaining how they can retain language and cognition skills.
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in <em>C. elegans</em>
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in C. elegans
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 19, 2019
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
How One Neuron Regulates Two Separate Behaviors
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2019
A major sensory neuron in roundworms distinguishes proprioception from harmful touch by sending out local or whole-cell signals, respectively.
Scientists Criticize Mouse Study of New Alzheimer&rsquo;s Drug
Scientists Criticize Mouse Study of New Alzheimer’s Drug
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Oligomannate, recently approved in China, is being met with some skepticism from researchers.
Smell May Be Possible Without Olfactory Bulbs
Smell May Be Possible Without Olfactory Bulbs
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2019
A study identifies five women who have a functioning sense of smell despite an apparent lack of olfactory bulbs—the region of the brain that processes odors.
<em>APOE</em> Mutation Linked to Protection From Alzheimer&rsquo;s: Case Study
APOE Mutation Linked to Protection From Alzheimer’s: Case Study
Catherine Offord | Nov 5, 2019
A woman whose DNA suggested she’d develop early-onset dementia staved off cognitive decline for decades.
Image of the Day: Zebrafish Olfactory Epithelium
Image of the Day: Zebrafish Olfactory Epithelium
Emily Makowski | Nov 1, 2019
Studies of the rosette-like structure can reveal clues to brain recovery after injury.
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
MRI scans from more than 800 incarcerated men pinpoint distinct structural features of people who have committed homicide, compared with those who carried out other crimes.