history, neuroscience
Killing with Kindness
Killing with Kindness
Barbara Oakley, Guruprasad Madhavan, Ariel Knafo, and David Sloan Wilson | Feb 1, 2012
Studying the evolution of altruistic behaviors reveals how knee-jerk good intentions can backfire.
Ready for Prime Time
Ready for Prime Time
Dennis J. Selkoe and John C. Morris | Feb 1, 2012
Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease are ready for widespread use in clinical trials.
Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2012
Anna Atkins, pioneering female photographer, revolutionized scientific illustration using a newly invented photographic technique.
Low Oxygen Saves Irradiated Brain?
Hannah Waters | Jan 18, 2012
Whole brain radiation therapy costs mice some of their cognitive abilities, but treatment with low-oxygen air revives their reasoning skills.
Early Signs of Alzheimers
Tia Ghose | Jan 13, 2012
Proteins that appear before patients show symptoms of the disease could offer clues to the disease process.
Ever Wonder…
Jef Akst | Jan 10, 2012
How does catnip work?
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Resolving Chronic Pain
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.
Roanoke Revisited
Roanoke Revisited
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2012
In July 1587, a British colonist named John White accompanied 117 people to settle a small island sheltered within the barrier islands of what would become North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
Not all inflammation leads to pain. Despite widespread infection followed by fever, colds rarely cause pain. But when some cytokines and certain immune cells are active near pain-sensing nerves, they trigger receptors that convey pain sensations to the brain.