Editor&rsquo;s Picks of <em>The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Best Infographics of 2020
Editor’s Picks of The Scientist’s Best Infographics of 2020
This year’s most captivating illustrations tell stories from the micro scale—such as newborn neurons in the adult brain and bacteria in the infant gut—to the scale of entire ecosystems, including reintroduced predators and rising seas.
Editor’s Picks of The Scientist’s Best Infographics of 2020
Editor’s Picks of The Scientist’s Best Infographics of 2020

This year’s most captivating illustrations tell stories from the micro scale—such as newborn neurons in the adult brain and bacteria in the infant gut—to the scale of entire ecosystems, including reintroduced predators and rising seas.

This year’s most captivating illustrations tell stories from the micro scale—such as newborn neurons in the adult brain and bacteria in the infant gut—to the scale of entire ecosystems, including reintroduced predators and rising seas.

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Astrocytes, Not Just Neurons, Play a Role in Sleep
Astrocytes, Not Just Neurons, Play a Role in Sleep
Abby Olena | Sep 24, 2020
In mice, the brain’s main glial cell type exhibits distinctive patterns of activity across the sleep-wake cycle and influences the response to sleep deprivation.
What Do New Neurons in the Brains of Adults Actually Do?
What Do New Neurons in the Brains of Adults Actually Do?
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Adult neurogenesis, already appreciated for its role in learning and memory, also participates in mental health and possibly even attention, new research suggests.
Infographic: How Adult-Born Neurons Integrate into the Brain
Infographic: How Adult-Born Neurons Integrate into the Brain
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2020
Cutting-edge microscopy is revealing how new neurons made in adult mice’s brains tap into existing neuronal connections.
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
How Manipulating Rodent Memories Can Elucidate Neurological Function
Amber Dance | May 1, 2020
Strategies to make lab animals forget, remember, or experience false recollections probe how memory works, and may inspire treatments for neurological diseases.
Quasi-Lymphatic System in the Rodent Eye Clears Waste
Quasi-Lymphatic System in the Rodent Eye Clears Waste
Abby Olena | Apr 16, 2020
Two rodent models of glaucoma have defects in the waste drainage system.
Image of the Day: Brain Map
Image of the Day: Brain Map
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 6, 2019
Scientists traced 1,000 neurons through the mouse brain, uncovering new details about how the organ is wired.
Image of the Day: Smartphone-Controlled Brains Image of the Day: Smartphone-Controlled Brains
Image of the Day: Smartphone-Controlled Brains
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 7, 2019
A device implanted into mice can modulate brain circuit activity over long periods of time.
Brain&rsquo;s Fluid Drains via Lymphatic Vessels at the Base of the Skull
Brain’s Fluid Drains via Lymphatic Vessels at the Base of the Skull
Abby Olena | Jul 24, 2019
Detailed imaging of the rodent central nervous system reveals new information about the route cerebrospinal fluid takes to leave the brain.
Image of the Day: Multicolor Brain
Image of the Day: Multicolor Brain
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 22, 2019
A newly developed imaging technology visualizes entire mouse brains in two and three dimensions using multicolor fluorescence microscopy.