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
- NewsScientists strengthen claim that fractal analysis is moot.
- NewsRubidium atoms simultaneously act like a solid and a superfluid.
- NewsResearchers can tell where participants are standing in a virtual world by “seeing” memories of the journey.
- NewsA new study shows that soccer-ball–shaped carbon nanoparticles can prevent biofilm from gunking up water filters.
- NewsResearch shows a standard drug for treating brain cancer can actually make some cells more aggressive.
- NewsA study in mice suggests that a liver protein mediates the harmful effects of consuming too much fructose, an increasingly common aspect of Western diets.
- NewsWhen people sleep may be just as important as how much they sleep. Altered sleep patterns can lead to heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests.
- NewsA study in mice suggests a version of prion proteins, which are known to cause the brain-wasting mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases, may also play a role in neuron malfunction.
- NewsBeachgoers may be exposed to antibiotic-resistant microbe strain in sea and sand, but there appears to be no link to infection.