Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies
Light Enables Long-Term Memory Maintenance in Fruit Flies

Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.

Under constant darkness, Drosophila’s ability to form lasting memories is impaired.

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How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
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Strategies to make lab animals forget, remember, or experience false recollections probe how memory works, and may inspire treatments for neurological diseases.
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse’s Memory
Infographic: Messing with a Mouse’s Memory
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Into the Light: A Profile of Joanne Chory
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The plant geneticist has revolutionized researchers’ understanding of how light affects plant growth and development, and is engineering plants to combat climate change.
Image of the Day: Eyed Elater
Image of the Day: Eyed Elater
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The click beetle’s intricate false eyes cast a deep black color with the help of pigment-coated hairs.
Image of the Day: Virtual Landscape
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Flashing lights activate fly navigation neurons.
Image of the Day: Invisible Weapons
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See a close-up of the deep-sea dragonfish’s transparent teeth.
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Slithering snakes mimic waves of light, “diffracting” as they pass by an obstacle.
Image of the Day: Light Salve
Image of the Day: Light Salve
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Researchers used infrared light to relieve itchy mice.
Solar-Powered Yeast Are More Efficient Drug Factories
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Ruth Williams | Nov 15, 2018
Researchers have outfitted brewer’s yeast with light-harvesting semiconductors to boost chemical productivity.
Winter Brain Blues
Winter Brain Blues
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2018
Researchers identify neurological pathways through which light affects mood and learning in mice.
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2018
Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Erin Hare | May 22, 2017
Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017
Incorporating light-controlled dimerization domains into kinases provides tight regulation of these enzymes.
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
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Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
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The Dark Side of Light
The Dark Side of Light
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Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.
Panic of the Disco Clam
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The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.
Guiding Light
Guiding Light
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Retinal glial cells acting as optical fibers shuttle longer wavelengths of light to individual cones.