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Producing a gaseous messenger molecule inside the body, on demand

June 29, 2020

Producing a gaseous messenger molecule inside the body, on demand

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David L. Chandler | MIT News Office

Nitric oxide is an important signaling molecule in the body, with a role in building nervous system connections that contribute to learning and memory. It also functions as a messenger in the cardiovascular and immune systems.

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A focused approach to imaging neural activity in the brain

June 26, 2020

A focused approach to imaging neural activity in the brain

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

When neurons fire an electrical impulse, they also experience a surge of calcium ions. By measuring those surges, researchers can indirectly monitor neuron activity, helping them to study the role of individual neurons in many different brain functions.

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Identifying a melody by studying a musician’s body language

June 25, 2020

Identifying a melody by studying a musician’s body language

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Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence

We listen to music with our ears, but also our eyes, watching with appreciation as the pianist’s fingers fly over the keys and the violinist’s bow rocks across the ridge of strings.

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