neuroscience, disease & medicine
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2014
The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds
Week in Review: February 24–28
Week in Review: February 24–28
Tracy Vence | Feb 28, 2014
New PLOS data sharing rules; mouse cortical connectome published; reprogramming astrocytes into neurons and fibroblasts into hepatocytes
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Jef Akst | Feb 27, 2014
A new camera system supports the visualization of gliomas stained with Tumor Paint, a chlorotoxin-based imaging agent that’s currently in clinical trials.
New Cortical Connectome Online
New Cortical Connectome Online
Kerry Grens | Feb 27, 2014
Researchers offer a freely available map of the connections throughout the mouse cortex.  
Making New Spinal Neurons
Making New Spinal Neurons
Ed Yong | Feb 25, 2014
With a single gene, scientists reprogram supporting cells in the spines of living mice into new neurons.
Preventing Fear
Preventing Fear
Jef Akst | Feb 24, 2014
Scientists identify hippocampal neurons involved in encoding fear in mice.
Week in Review: February 17–21
Week in Review: February 17–21
Tracy Vence | Feb 21, 2014
Human vs. dog brains; widespread neuronal regeneration in human adult brain; honeybee disease strikes wild insects; trouble replicating stress-induced stem cells
Imaging Musical Improv
Imaging Musical Improv
Abby Olena | Feb 21, 2014
Some areas of the brain that typically process language are active in jazz musicians who are improvising, a study shows.
Imaging the Canine Brain
Imaging the Canine Brain
Abby Olena | Feb 20, 2014
Researchers use comparative neuroimaging to study the dog’s auditory cortex.
Lifelong Neuronal Rebirth
Lifelong Neuronal Rebirth
Kate Yandell | Feb 20, 2014
Neuronal regeneration in the human adult brain is more widespread than previously thought.