piranhas, neuroscience, microbiology
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Fly’s Blood-Brain Barrier Has Circadian Rhythms
Abby Olena | Mar 8, 2018
In Drosophila, the tissue is more permeable to drugs at night, offering a possible explanation for why some medicines work better at certain times of day.
Image of the Day: Living Color
Image of the Day: Living Color
The Scientist Staff | Mar 8, 2018
Biodegradable pigments could be custom-grown by bacteria in the future, say researchers.  
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
John Cacioppo, a Founder of Social Neuroscience, Dies
Kerry Grens | Mar 8, 2018
The University of Chicago psychology professor made fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms of social experiences.  
Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain
Image of the Day: Mosquito Brain
The Scientist Staff | Mar 6, 2018
Researchers have constructed the first neuroanatomy atlas of a female mosquito’s brain.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 6, 2018
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis
Image of the Day: Moth Proboscis
The Scientist Staff | Mar 5, 2018
The hawkmoth’s brain uses a different area to search for food than it does to look for where to lay eggs.  
Slime Mold in Residence
Slime Mold in Residence
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 2, 2018
At Hampshire College, students and faculty use the amoeba Physarum polycephalum—both a “visiting scholar” and a model organism—to examine human societal and political quandaries.  
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Cancer-Fighting Chemical Found in Human Skin Bacteria
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2018
A molecule produced by a strain of Staphylococcus epidermis interferes with DNA synthesis.
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Parasitologist, Reprogrammed: A Profile of David Roos
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2018
After discovering a novel organelle found in protozoan parasites, the University of Pennsylvania’s Roos created a widely used eukaryotic pathogen database.
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Here Comes Single-Cell Optogenetics
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2018
A new protein may allow researchers to home in on individual neurons, determining their activity minute by minute.