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Using Light to Monitor and Activate Specific Brain Cells

The past several years have brought two parallel revolutions in neuroscience. Researchers have begun using genetically encoded sensors to monitor the behavior of individual neurons, and they've been using brief pulses of light to trigger certain types of neurons to activate...

January 22, 2015 — Ben Thomas
The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

We stopped for lunch during the first day of the Lawson Trek on an oyster shoal, an uncharacteristically hot October sun stinging my shoulders, but surprisingly unbothered by four hours of kayak paddling...

December 4, 2014 — Scott Huler

The Giant Transparent Ribbons of Eel Larvae

Author's note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. It is startling how different the larvae of fish can be from the adults that produced them, as I wrote in a blog post a few months ago...

December 3, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

Editor's note: For The Lawson Trek, journalist Scott Huler is retracing the journey of discovery undertaken by canoe and on foot in 1700-1701 by John Lawson, the first observer to carefully describe and catalogue the flora, fauna, geography and inhabitants of the Carolinas...

October 10, 2014 — Scott Huler
Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]

The octopus, by in large, practices very safe sex. You would, too, if you and the object of your affection were both cannibals. But the algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) has developed a relatively sophisticated mating system that involves far more close contact than many other octopus species...

November 7, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

Urban Science Adventure: Snake spotting

Originally posted at Urban Science Adventures! © on November 2, 2010 as Snakes up close. I’ve got to make a confession. I really don’t give reptile (or amphibians) their just due...

September 16, 2014 — DNLee
Neutrinos on Ice: Waiting to Fly

Neutrinos on Ice: Waiting to Fly

It’s another beautiful day in Antarctica, and the time has come to launch ANITA! Finding the right date is tricky. Many factors have to fall into place.

December 19, 2014 — Katie Mulrey
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Memorial Day Flash Sale

Memorial Day Flash Sale

How Smartphones Affect Mental Health