Dopamine Pathways
2 May 2013
In the brain, dopamine helps regulate reward and body movement. As part of the reward pathway, dopamine is produced by neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and released in the nucleus...
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Spiny Neurons Receive Dopamine
2 May 2013
The dendrite branches of spiny neurons are littered with spines, or receptor sites, for neurotransmitters, including dopamine. Spiny neurons play a crucial role in initiating and regulating movements...
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19 Apr 2013
Mathematics has a knack for describing the universe, so accurately that some contemporary...
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19 Apr 2013
Working in OIST’s interdisciplinary environment, Professor Shinobu Hikami, head of the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Unit, has become especially interested in using random matrix theory...
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The Beauty of Numbers
19 Apr 2013
“The simplicity of some mathematical proofs is quite beautiful. It’s almost a means of knowing whether your work is sound – if the proof isn’t beautiful, then something is wrong,” says Hikami. “But...
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12 Apr 2013
“I had no clue what foraminifera were,” says OIST researcher Dr. Beatrice Lecroq.  To find out, this curious Swiss French biologist journeyed to the strange, deeper parts of the ocean, intrigued...
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12 Apr 2013
The old saying is “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” but sometimes, especially in science, it’s worth reviewing old methodologies to see they’re keeping up with the rapidly advancing technological...
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Fluorescing Neurons
12 Apr 2013
This image combines the warm dissection method demonstrated by Shiwei Huang and Marylka Yoe Uusisaari in a paper in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience and commonly used opto-genetic...
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Warm or Cold?
12 Apr 2013
Brain slices of older tissues prepared with ice-cold (blue) and warm (red) preparation methods, as demonstrated by Shiwei Huang and Marylka Yoe Uusisaari in a paper in Frontiers in...
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12 Apr 2013
A collage of the magnified Pheidole ant heads reveal the astonishing differences in their head shapes and depressions. Photos courtesy of Adam Lazarus
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12 Apr 2013
Dr. Lecroq now spends her time in front of the computer, staring at magnified ant heads.
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29 Mar 2013
If weather and technology cooperate during the next four years OIST researcher, Daisuke Hasegawa of the Marine Biophysics Unit will have received more than...
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