Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Engineering an ultra-sensitive light-activated ion channel into brain cells allows for the control of neurons in live animals without a brain-implanted light source.
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants

Engineering an ultra-sensitive light-activated ion channel into brain cells allows for the control of neurons in live animals without a brain-implanted light source.

Engineering an ultra-sensitive light-activated ion channel into brain cells allows for the control of neurons in live animals without a brain-implanted light source.

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Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Facial Expressions Decoded in Mice
Ruth Williams | Apr 2, 2020
A combination of videography, machine learning, and brain imaging has identified facial expressions and neural activity patterns in mice that are associated with their emotions.
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Increased Neuronal Activity Shortens Lifespan in Animals
Ruth Williams | Oct 16, 2019
Suppressing the natural age-related increase in neuronal excitation lengthens the lives of worms, and there are indications that the same may be true for mice and humans.
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
Emery N. Brown, Francisco J. Flores | Feb 28, 2019
The drugs lead to widespread, predictable changes in brain waves that can help anesthesiologists personalize anesthesia and develop anesthetic-based treatments.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Infographic: What Makes a Brain Smart?
Shawna Williams | Oct 31, 2018
Scientists have proposed a variety of features that influence one’s ability to remember things and solve problems.
Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics
Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics
Diana Kwon | Aug 31, 2017
Understanding how hallucinogenic drugs affect different neural networks could shed light on their therapeutic potential.
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 13, 2017
Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 
Simplified Magnetogenetics
Simplified Magnetogenetics
Jef Akst | Mar 25, 2016
A new technique allows researchers to rapidly and reversibly activate neurons with a magnetically sensitive protein.
Linking Neurons to Behaviors
Linking Neurons to Behaviors
Kate Yandell | Mar 27, 2014
Researchers have created a brain-wide map detailing links between sets of activated neurons and behaviors in fruit fly larvae.