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Optogenetics: Light my Fire? Or Totally Lame?

Optogenetics: Light my Fire? Or Totally Lame?

Optogenetics likes to light up debate. Optogenetics is a hot technique in neuroscience research right now, involving taking a light-activited gene (called a channel rhodopsin) targeted into a single neuron type, and inserting it into the genome of, say, a mouse (yes, we can do this now)...

August 26, 2013 — Scicurious
Exercise to sleep? Or sleep to exercise?

Exercise to sleep? Or sleep to exercise?

It’s something we feel we’ve always known: if you can’t sleep, you need to exercise more. Wear yourself out, make yourself good and tired, you’ll sleep like a baby!...

August 19, 2013 — Scicurious
Lighting up the brain with ArcLight

Lighting up the brain with ArcLight

There are lots of challenges when it comes to studying the brain, but one of the biggest is that it’s very hard to see. Aside from being, you know, inside your skull, the many electrical and chemical signals which the brain uses are impossible to see with the naked eye...

August 12, 2013 — Scicurious

Sci Returns! But I never truly went away…

…because I was blogging the whole time! I posted here on Sleep and weight gain, as well as Liking sugar and alcohol. And over at Neurotic Physiology, I posted a lot of good, bad, and weird!...

August 5, 2013 — Scicurious

Sci Returns! But I never truly went away...

...because I was blogging the whole time! I posted here on Sleep and weight gain, as well as Liking sugar and alcohol. And over at Neurotic Physiology, I posted a lot of good, bad, and weird!Care to split a liver?...

August 5, 2013 — Scicurious

Knocking 5-HT1A down to bring mood up

Most current treatments for depression target the serotonin system, a chemical messenger that plays a role in mood (though it also plays a role in many, many other things).

August 5, 2013 — Scicurious

Liking sweet and liking alcohol

I’ve got a terrible sweet tooth. And I am kind of proud of it, in a way. Yeah, I CAN eat that whole chocolate cake. I’d even LIKE it.

July 29, 2013 — Scicurious

Sleep less, gain more

We all know we should get more sleep, we're just not very good at it. In fact, we're so BAD at it that 28.3% of us (as of 2007, anyway) got less than 6 hours of sleep per night.

July 22, 2013 — Scicurious

Sci is Off to the Wild Beyond!

A note to everyone that I am headed off to the Wild Beyond for two weeks. Where that Wild Beyond is will be revealed upon my return, when, if you are very unlucky, I may blog about it like I did my trip to Japan a few years ago...

July 21, 2013 — Scicurious

Friday Weird Science: The evo psych of cunnilingus

Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today, asking "why cunnilingus"? I ask because, well, some other people asked. They did a study, in fact, trying to uncover the evolutionary reason behind cunnilingus...

July 12, 2013 — Scicurious

Running the stress away

Several studies now have shown that exercise can reduce feelings of anxiety...but how does that work? This study helps get at the answer. Sci is at Neurotic Physiology today to talk about exercise and anxiety, head over and check it out!...

July 10, 2013 — Scicurious

Really feel the beat: singing and heartrate

When you are singing together in a group, you can really get in sync. Not like this: (Remember that?)Instead, when you're all together and singing something really powerful, you kind of get the feeling that you're in sync with each other...

July 8, 2013 — Scicurious
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