top 10 innovations, neuroscience, evolution
The Making of a Trait
Megan Scudellari | Jan 26, 2012
Populations of organisms acquire beneficial traits repeatedly and rapidly through co-evolution with other species and through gene interaction.
Low Oxygen Saves Irradiated Brain?
Hannah Waters | Jan 18, 2012
Whole brain radiation therapy costs mice some of their cognitive abilities, but treatment with low-oxygen air revives their reasoning skills.
Evolving Multicellularity
Jef Akst | Jan 16, 2012
Using an artificial selection paradigm, researchers watch as unicellular yeast evolve into snowflake-like clusters with distinct multicellular characteristics.
Killer TB Hits India
Bob Grant | Jan 16, 2012
An incurable form of tuberculosis has turned up on the subcontinent.
Early Signs of Alzheimers
Tia Ghose | Jan 13, 2012
Proteins that appear before patients show symptoms of the disease could offer clues to the disease process.
Ever Wonder…
Jef Akst | Jan 10, 2012
How does catnip work?
How to Survive Freezing Waters
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2012
For at least one species of octopus, all it takes is a little RNA editing.
Animal Mind Control
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2012
Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.
Resolving Chronic Pain
Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | Jan 1, 2012
The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.
Top Ten Innovations 2011
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2012
Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist