Neuroscience in Tübingen

Happy 18th Birthday, NeNa!

NeNa came alive again this October, embracing evolution, artificial neural networks, and brain scaling. Eighteen years in the making, the conference organized for junior scientists by junior scientists celebrated its birthday with many friendly companions: 45+ bright, young neuroscientists, Prof. Günther Palm, and brain soup master, Prof. Suzana Herculano-Houzel. It’s Read more…

Science perspectives

Of mice and men

You have most surely seen an image of the iconic lab mouse, a pristinely white rodent with dark red eyes standing on its hindlegs while looking quizzically up at the camera. Less certain is what the mouse is used for, but at some level we imagine the mouse as a Read more…

Tips for a PhD

Learning from the firefighters

As scientists, contributing to society is one of our main goals – or at least it probably was when we started out. We all, at some point, longed for the trust and appreciation granted to scientists, thinking: I want to offer something important, I want to help people, I want Read more…

Neuroscience in Tübingen

Catching Light

By Eric James McDermott Do you see it? Look around. If you can see —if you can see anything at all— from the words you are reading to the trees outside to your steaming cup of coffee, it is because you have, among other things, a fully functioning retina. The Read more…

Creative

Creating a ‘Humanzee’ – science or fiction?

Cross-breeding between species has long been reported for horses and donkeys, which gives rise to mules and more recently for tigers and lions (‘Liger’) and bovines and antelopes (‘Beefelo’), but is cross-breeding between great apes such as chimpanzees and humans possible? Is the link between the two species close enough? Read more…

Research reports

The Cybathlon

On October 8th, 2016, about a dozen people sat in an auditorium in Zürich and raced each other purely with their thoughts. Hooked up to various computers and sensors, they used their brain activity to control the avatars in a racing game, bypassing the entire physical body to talk to Read more…