neuroscience, disease & medicine
Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections
Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections
Ed Yong | Feb 2, 2014
Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2014
Me, Myself, and Why, RedDevil 4, Neanderthal Man, and Science from Sight to Insight
Fly on a String
Fly on a String
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2014
Fruit flies are fixed to a silica fiber in this new technique to aid neuroscientists in performing laser surgery prior to neuroimaging.
Single Neuron-Imaging Bot
Single Neuron-Imaging Bot
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2014
New technology probes the functional unit of nervous transmission.
Brains in Action
Brains in Action
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2014
Neuroscientists are automating neural imaging and recording, allowing them to monitor increasingly large swaths of the brain in living, behaving animals.
 
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Schizophrenia’s Intricacies
Abby Olena | Jan 23, 2014
Two studies provide insight into the genetics of the disorder and show again how complex it is.
Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed
Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed
Ajai Raj | Jan 16, 2014
A pair of one-act chamber operas takes the audience inside the world of imagined sound. 
New Neuroscience Journal to Launch
New Neuroscience Journal to Launch
Kerry Grens | Jan 15, 2014
The publisher of The Journal of Neuroscience has laid out plans for an open-access, online-only journal for brain research.
Caffeine Boosts Memory Consolidation?
Caffeine Boosts Memory Consolidation?
Tracy Vence | Jan 13, 2014
A new study purports to show that post-learning caffeine consumption can improve memory, but some scientists are not convinced.
Week in Review: January 6–10
Week in Review: January 6–10
Tracy Vence | Jan 10, 2014
Bacterial genes aid tubeworm settling; pigmentation of ancient reptiles; nascent neurons and vertebrate development; exploring simple synapses; slug-inspired surgical glue