Articles by

Jordana Cepelewicz

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

DNA double-strand breaks are associated with cancer and aging. A new study shows neurons can use them...

Animals Can Count. How Far Does Their Number Sense Go?

Crows recently demonstrated an understanding of the concept of zero. It’s only the latest evidence of animals’...

DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth

Dozens of viruses don't use the same four nucleotide bases found in all other life. New work...

The Secret Workings of Smell Receptors, Revealed At Last

Researchers have finally seen how some of them bind to odor molecules—yielding new insights into one of...

The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations

Some groups of neurons process sensory data and memories at the same time. New work shows how...