stem cells, ecology, neuroscience
This is Your Brain on Art
This is Your Brain on Art
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2016
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel talks about how our brains perceive and understand works of art.
Book Excerpt from <em>Reductionism in Art and Brain Science</em>
Book Excerpt from Reductionism in Art and Brain Science
Bob Grant | Aug 31, 2016
In Chapter 13, “Why Is Reductionism Successful in Art?” author Eric Kandel explores what about abstract art challenges the human brain.
Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection
Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection
Jef Akst | Aug 31, 2016
Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 
Stem Cells Drive Cancer Risk in Mice
Stem Cells Drive Cancer Risk in Mice
Jef Akst | Aug 26, 2016
Mutations that arise during stem cell division contribute to the development of cancers in a variety of organs, according to a study.
Updated Tissue-Clearing Protocol Extends Time Frame for Imaging
Updated Tissue-Clearing Protocol Extends Time Frame for Imaging
Kerry Grens | Aug 23, 2016
“Ultimate DISCO” uses a solvent that shrinks whole animals and preserves fluorescence for months.
Zika Infects Adult Neural Progenitors Too
Zika Infects Adult Neural Progenitors Too
Marcia Triunfol | Aug 18, 2016
A mouse study shows that the virus has tropism for adult proliferative neural progenitor cells and immature neurons.
Neonicotinoids May Harm Wild Bees
Neonicotinoids May Harm Wild Bees
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 16, 2016
Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides is correlated with population declines of a large number of wild bee species, according to a field study conducted in the U.K.
With CRISPR, Scientists Make Neurons From Fibroblasts
With CRISPR, Scientists Make Neurons From Fibroblasts
Kerry Grens | Aug 15, 2016
Researchers use the CRISPR/Cas system to express three transcription-factor genes, changing the identities of mouse cells.
Stimulating Novel Neural Circuits in the Mouse Brain
Stimulating Novel Neural Circuits in the Mouse Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 11, 2016
With light, researchers can coax a group of neurons in the visual cortices of living mice to fire in concert.
Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating
Neural Circuit Plays Role in Overeating
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 8, 2016
Activating serotonin receptors halts a binge-like eating behavior in mice, researchers report.