Making tissue stretchable, compressible, and nearly indestructible

Chemical process called ELAST allows labeling probes to infuse more quickly, and makes samples tough enough for repeated handling.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

Reactivating an enzyme that promotes DNA repair can help to reverse age-related cognitive decline in mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Optogenetics with SOUL

The Feng lab has developed a next-generation optogenetic system for non-invasive stimulation of neurons.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Neurons that store abstract representations of past experiences are activated when a new, similar event takes place.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 6, 2020 ~7 min

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How dopamine drives brain activity

A specialized MRI sensor reveals the neurotransmitter’s influence on neural activity throughout the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~9 min

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How the brain encodes landmarks that help us navigate

Neuroscientists discover how a key brain region combines visual and spatial information to help us find our way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

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A new model of vision

Computer model of face processing could reveal how the brain produces richly detailed visual representations so quickly.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2020 ~10 min

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The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity

A new study may explain why people with autism are often highly sensitive to light and noise.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

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