Neuroscience writer Laura Sanders reports on the latest mysteries of the mind and blogs about the science of raising kids. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied the nerve cells that compel a fruit fly to perform a dazzling mating ritual full of singing and dancing. Convinced that she was missing some exciting science development somewhere, Laura turned her eye toward writing about brains in all shapes and forms. Laura's research has been published in scientific journals including Current Biology, Developmental Biology and PLOS Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was a National Merit Scholar. Her 2012 series on consciousness won an Eddie Award for editorial excellence.
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Laura Sanders' Articles
- NewsNew model explains how fish rely on their lateral lines to read wakes.
- NewsResearchers find a way to make energy-using brown fat from skin cells.
- NewsResearchers may gain inspiration from the shell of Chrysina gloriosa, which twists light in a particular way.
- NewsAnalysis pinpoints genes that help springtails dehydrate and tough out the winter.
- NewsA new study using a high-speed camera finds the shattering of solitary drips can produce a variety of sizes.
- NewsA single genetic modification is linked to the stature of short-legged dog breeds, new research shows.
- NewsResearchers have devised a way to use a laser to create strings of orderless bits for encryption.
- NewsStudy finds that swearing may alleviate pain.
- NewsThree studies find that large collections of variants, rather than just a few key mutations, probably predispose someone to schizophrenia.