Can Single Cells Learn?
Can Single Cells Learn?
A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain.
Can Single Cells Learn?
Can Single Cells Learn?

A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain.

A controversial idea from the mid-20th century is attracting renewed attention from researchers developing theories for how cognition arises with or without a brain.

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Image of the Day: Lefties
Image of the Day: Lefties
Chia-Yi Hou | May 15, 2019
Snails with a gene knocked out by CRISPR grow with their shells coiling in the opposite direction.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2018
Selected Images of the Day from the-scientist.com
Image of the Day: Uncovered
Image of the Day: Uncovered
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 12, 2018
Researchers discover cells in the early life stage of the Schistosoma mansoni parasite that contribute to adults’ reproductive systems.
Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails
Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
Five newly identified species of snakes suck the mollusks right out of their shells.  
Prospecting for Painkillers
Prospecting for Painkillers
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
Cone snail venom researcher Mandë Holford discusses the therapeutic potential of toxins found in animals.
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Memories Erased from Snail Neurons
Diana Kwon | Jun 28, 2017
Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  
Week in Review: October 13–17
Week in Review: October 13–17
Jef Akst | Oct 17, 2014
Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Fewer Female Snail Penises
Tracy Vence | Jan 14, 2014
Researchers are now spotting fewer cases of imposex—in which female sea snails develop male sexual organs—as a result of a chemical ban instituted in 2008.
Shell Sculpture
Shell Sculpture
Dan Cossins | Sep 1, 2013
A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.
Electrified Snail
Jef Akst | May 29, 2012
Enzyme-coated electrodes turn the tiny invertebrate into a powerful fuel cell.
Electric Molluscs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 14, 2012
Snails with implanted electrodes generate electricity via metabolism.