December 14, 2018

  • Two baby bluebirds sit in a nesting box

    Bluebirds Make a Comeback

    With all the data now in, the verdict is clear: NIH’s homesteader bluebirds (and other mosquito-eaters) have rebounded, after a noticeable 5-year absence.
  • Dr. Young speaks at a podium

    Clock Genes Keep Organisms On Schedule

    Biological mechanisms called circadian rhythms regulate biological functions throughout the day in animals, including sleep, eating schedules and metabolism, said Dr. Michael Young. "“We have clocks in our skin, liver, lungs, kidneys, skeletal muscles and, of course, our brains.”
  • Dr. Gregory Bratman

    Bratman Describes Science of Nature’s Effects on Psychological Health

    The effects on people of contact with nature—whether outdoors or indoors (as from plants, photos or window views)—is an emerging field of research showing potential to help address important public health problems, said Dr. Gregory Bratman.
Section of auditory nerve in a young adult mouse

On the Cover

Section of auditory nerve in a young adult mouse. Supporting glial cells (blue) coat neuron fibers (red) and allow fast, reliable transfer of sound information from the ear to the brain. Researchers are testing whether they can target glial cells to prevent neural loss and restore healing.

Photo: Hainan Lang