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The History of Optogenetics Revised
The History of Optogenetics Revised
Kerry Grens | Sep 1, 2016
Credit for the neuroscience technique has largely overlooked the researcher who first demonstrated the method.
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Fruit Flies Feel Humidity with Dedicated Receptors
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Drosophila antennae let the insects seek out moisture levels they like best.
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Profile: Dean Buonomano Studies How the Brain Encodes Time
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 1, 2016
The UCLA neurobiologist uses computational modeling, in vitro electrophysiology, and human psychophysics experiments to explore how neurons and the brain as a whole perceive and respond to time.
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Using CRISPR to Edit Genes in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Kelly Rae Chi | Sep 1, 2016
Tips on how to surmount the challenges of working with CRISPR to manipulate genes in human stems cells to study their function in specific diseases or to correct genetic defects in patient cells.
How Art Can Inform Brain Science, and Vice Versa
How Art Can Inform Brain Science, and Vice Versa
Eric Kandel | Sep 1, 2016
Reductionism may be the key to bridging the gap between the humanities and the sciences.
Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light
Orchid Bees Use Simple Eyes to Detect Polarized Light
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2016
The second visual field may aid in navigation.
Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?
Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?
Benjamin Skuse | Sep 1, 2016
Neuropsychologist Simon Thompson found a possible link between yawning and multiple sclerosis. So what better way to get under the skin of his research than volunteering to take part in one of his experiments?
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.