protozoans, disease & medicine, neuroscience
Immunology and Neurology Pioneer Dies
Immunology and Neurology Pioneer Dies
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 24, 2014
Gerald Edelman, who broke new ground in two distinct fields of life science, has passed away at age 84.
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.