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Microglia Turnover in the Human Brain
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers find that about a quarter of the immune cells are replaced every year.
Bitter Taste Receptors in Uterus May One Day Help Prevent Premature Birth
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2017
Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of
Staff | Sep 30, 2017
Daniel Kish, who is blind, uses vocal clicks to navigate the world by echolocation.
A Single Mutation in Zika Led to Devastating Effects
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 28, 2017
One amino acid change within a viral structural protein makes the difference between mild cases of brain damage and severe microcephaly in mice.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State
Shawna Williams | Sep 25, 2017
Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.
University of Puerto Rico Closed After Hurricane Maria
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 25, 2017
The pause on campus operations, which could last a month, is just one example of the hurricane’s devastation.
Sexual Touch Promotes Early Puberty
Ruth Williams | Sep 21, 2017
The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.