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Researchers Tap a Sleep Switch in the Brain

Powerful new experiments have uncovered some of the molecular underpinnings of sleep.

Riley LeBlanc examines her brain.
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Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built

Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world?

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A New Spin on the Quantum Brain

A new theory explains how fragile quantum states may be able to exist for hours or even days in our warm, wet brain. Experiments should soon test the idea.

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The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

Irrationality may be a consequence of the brain’s ravenous energy needs.

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Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

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New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain

Researchers are racing to understand how the Zika virus causes birth defects. Their first results have revealed tantalizing clues about how the virus interferes with the developing brain — and how it might be stopped.

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The Maestro of Memory Manipulation

The neuroscientist Sheena Josselyn can evoke and erase memories in mice using new tools that precisely control the brain.

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New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness

A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together.

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Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines

A project to decipher the brain’s learning rules could revolutionize machine learning.