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Connectome Makes Some Noise
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 7, 2012
NIH Director Francis Collins touts the project to map neural connections in the human brain as recording the mind’s “symphony.”
Opinion: Science in the Courtroom
James Tabery | Nov 6, 2012
Should biological explanations for criminal behavior influence a judge’s or jury’s decision about how to handle a case? If so, how?
The Brain on Anesthetics
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 5, 2012
Recording brain activity as patients are anesthetized for surgery, researchers identify a pattern that may signal loss of consciousness.
Hayley Dunning | Nov 1, 2012
Large RNA-protein packets use a novel mechanism to escape the cell nucleus.
Hurricane Sandy Blows Through
Jef Akst | Oct 30, 2012
Floods, downed trees, and power outages greet the East Coast this morning.
Biologist Ruffles Feathers on Facebook
Bob Grant | Oct 19, 2012
The blogosphere voices widespread condemnation for a sexist comment made by a researcher attending this week’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference.
Brain Scans Predict Reading Skills
Dan Cossins | Oct 9, 2012
New research shows that the growth of long-range connections between brain regions predicts how well a child will learn to read.
Growing New Neurons
Ed Yong | Oct 4, 2012
Brain cells called pericytes can be reprogrammed into neurons with just two proteins, pointing to a novel way to treat neurodegenerative disorders.
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2012
Researchers reveal a new pathway of synaptic modulation in the hippocampus exclusive to females.
Removing the Optimism Bias
Ed Yong | Sep 24, 2012
Disrupting a small part of the brain with a magnetic field can reduce people’s prejudice towards good news.