Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies
Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies
The mechanobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis studied how plants sense their environment.
Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies
Barbara Pickard, Plant Mechanosensory Researcher, Dies

The mechanobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis studied how plants sense their environment.

The mechanobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis studied how plants sense their environment.

ion channels

sei proteins help protect flies from heat-induced seizures
Image of the Day: Seizure Proteins
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 14, 2019
The sei ion channel in fruit flies keeps their neuronal excitability in check.
The Scientist’s Most Stunning Infographics of 2018
Jef Akst | Dec 21, 2018
From cellular self-digestion to the effects of exercise on the brain, our features editor picks her favorite art custom-made for the magazine.
Gaining Biological Insights into Brain Development Using Single Cell Technologies
Gaining Biological Insights into Brain Development Using Single Cell Technologies
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with 10x Genomics | Apr 12, 2021
Richard Smith will discuss the importance of ionic flux in in utero neuronal development.
Image of the Day: Electrify
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 9, 2018
Researchers have identified what makes synapses strong or weak in fruit flies.
Glia Guru
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017
Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.
How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 11, 2015
Researchers uncover one way capsaicin—the spicy compound found in chili peppers—provides pain relief.  
Cutting the Wire
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Dec 1, 2014
Optical techniques for monitoring action potentials
Cool Genes
Kate Yandell | Jul 1, 2013
A thermosensitive ion channel helps C. elegans live longer at cold temperatures.
Deafness Gene Heightens Touch
Tia Ghose | Nov 20, 2011
People with a defect in an ion channel that causes deafness are more sensitive to certain types of touch.