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Bombs' hidden impact: The brain war


Wartime explosions may be creating an epidemic of brain damage — and a major challenge for scientists.(image)

Experimental therapies for Parkinson's disease: Why fake it?


How 'sham' brain surgery could be killing off valuable therapies for Parkinson's disease.

Alzheimer's disease genes aid the search for preventive drugs


Proposed trials of candidate drugs before symptoms appear offer hope of more effective treatments.

Migration tracking reveals marine Serengeti


Decade of tagging has mapped predatorial pathways in the north Pacific Ocean.

City living marks the brain


Neuroscientists study social risk factor for mental illness.

The smell of a meat-eater


Chemical in urine alerts prey species to a nearby predator.

Wing hairs help to keep bats in the air


Receptors in the wing membrane sense aerodynamic conditions.

Underwater spiders use webs as 'gills'


Diving-bell webs act as oxygen exchangers, not just aqualungs.

Chimps give birth like humans


Humans are not alone in having infants that emerge facing backwards.

Neuroscience: Brain buzz


Scientists reviving a decades-old technique for brain stimulation have found that it can boost learning. So what else can be done with some wires and a nine-volt battery?

Muscular dystrophy findings fuel French stem cell debate


Work shows the value of human embryonic stem cells for disease research.

Young mammal hearts heal themselves


Organs in baby mice can recover from damage that occurs in the first week of life.

Antipsychotic drugs could shrink patients' brains


Experts say findings should not dramatically change current prescription practices.

Neuroscience: Thought experiment


Japanese hospitals are using near-infrared imaging to help diagnose psychiatric disorders. But critics are not sure the technique is ready for the clinic.

Left turn saves snails from snakes


Snail species evolved a 'counter-coil' to evade predators' uneven bite.