insects, culture, neuroscience
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Diana Kwon | May 10, 2018
An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.
Image of the Day: The Five Percent
Image of the Day: The Five Percent
The Scientist Staff | May 7, 2018
A map of neural networks in the striatum of the mouse brain reveals clues about psychiatric and movement disorders.
Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It
Genetic Adaptation to Cold Brought Migraines With It
Viviane Callier | May 3, 2018
Humans living in higher latitudes tend to have a variant of a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures, but it comes with a cost.  
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
NIH Plans to Enroll 1 Million People for Health Database
Catherine Offord | May 3, 2018
The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 
Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?
Opinion: Microbial Mind Control—Truth or Scare?
Katerina Johnson | May 1, 2018
Normal brain function may have evolved to depend on gut microbes and their metabolites.
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2018
Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.
Image of the Day: Spammed by Hydra
Image of the Day: Spammed by Hydra
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
A junk mail filter can learn to pick out six behaviors of hydras by analyzing hours of video footage.
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Researchers Succeed in Keeping Disembodied Pig Brains Alive
Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018
The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Certain Glial Cells Appear to Help Prevent Muscle Fatigue
Certain Glial Cells Appear to Help Prevent Muscle Fatigue
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
The flow of calcium and potassium ions keeps muscles contracting in the diaphragms of neonatal mice, but if a key protein receptor is missing, fatigue sets in more quickly.