neuroscience, disease & medicine
No Pain, Big Gain
No Pain, Big Gain
Kate Yandell | May 22, 2014
Eliminating a pain receptor makes mice live longer and keeps their metabolisms young.
Neurons in Action
Neurons in Action
Jef Akst | May 19, 2014
Researchers image the electrical impulses of the C. elegans and zebrafish nervous systems.
Week in Review: May 12–16
Week in Review: May 12–16
Tracy Vence | May 16, 2014
Antidepressant could prevent Alzheimer’s plaques; 12,000-year-old human skeleton sequenced; disentangling the mystery of octopus arms; taking a look at the ocular microbiome
How the Octopus Keeps Its Arms Straight
How the Octopus Keeps Its Arms Straight
Sandhya Sekar | May 15, 2014
Researchers uncover a self-recognition mechanism that prevents octopus limbs from becoming entangled, despite their powerful suction.
Minding Research Ethics
Minding Research Ethics
Tracy Vence | May 14, 2014
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues advises the integration of ethics into research on the human brain.
Controlling Self-Awareness During Sleep
Controlling Self-Awareness During Sleep
Anna Azvolinsky | May 11, 2014
Changing neural activity in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain can cause a sleeper to become aware of her dreaming state, a study shows. 
H.M.’s Brain
H.M.’s Brain
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 9, 2014
Scenes from the labs that study the unique organ
Week in Review: May 5–9
Week in Review: May 5–9
Tracy Vence | May 9, 2014
Synthetic base pairs replicated in vivo; cardiac stem cells questioned; miniature neurotransmissions and synaptic development; neurogenesis and memory loss; STAP saga continues
Exercise Can Erase Memories
Exercise Can Erase Memories
Ruth Williams | May 8, 2014
Running causes rodents to forget their fears in part because of increased hippocampal neurogenesis, a study shows.
Minis Ensure Synaptic Maturation
Minis Ensure Synaptic Maturation
Tracy Vence | May 7, 2014
Once considered neurotransmission-related noise, scientists now show that the spontaneous release of presynaptic vesicles is imperative for the maturation of Drosophila synapses.