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Cortical pyramidal neurons in culture imaged once a day for six consecutive days. Compared to the control neuron (left), a Wnk1-deleted neuron (right) has sparse branching and an axon that disintegrates over time. (Credit: Daniel Virga / Polleux lab / Columbia's Zuckerman Institute)

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The Senses January 6, 2020

Mathematics and Neuroscience Merge to Shed Light on Learning

A Q&A with Nathaniel Sawtell, Larry Abbott and Salomon Muller.

The Senses January 2, 2020

Artist Sarah Sze on Working With Neuroscientists

Sarah Sze, a 2003 Macarthur Fellow and a professor in the visual arts program at the School of the Arts, spent 2019 as the Alan Kanzer Artist-in-Residence at the Zuckerman Institute.

Tools & Technology December 18, 2019

Curious Minds: How Can We See Living Nerve Cells in Action?

If you could see the brain at work in a living creature, imagine what you could discover about the biology’s most fundamental processes. For postdoctoral research scientist Wenze Li, PhD, and graduate student Rebecca Vaadia, this is not a dream, but reality.

Learning & Memory November 21, 2019

Curious Minds: How Do Birds Change Their Tune?

Postdoctoral research scientist Jordan Moore, PhD, discovered a part of the brain critical for learning songs: a step toward understanding how human beings learn language when young.

The Senses November 18, 2019

Inside the Jazz Lab with Helen Sung, Jazz Artist-in-Residence

Award-winning pianist completes a year-long residency at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute with a debut of original compositions inspired by brain science.

The Senses October 21, 2019

How the Brain Dials Up the Volume to Hear Someone in a Crowd

Columbia-led study offers new insight into organization of brain’s listening center; provides roadmap for development of hearing-aid technologies inspired by the brain

Tools & Technology September 27, 2019

High-Speed Microscope Illuminates Biology at the Speed of Life

New SCAPE 2.0 system can serve as a critical tool to advance science and medicine.

The Senses June 6, 2019

The Power and Peculiarities of Sensing the World

At the 2019 World Science Festival, experts discussed the role that our five senses — smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch — play in helping us to navigate our surroundings.

The Senses May 30, 2019

The Mental Mathematics of Identifying and Manipulating Objects

An international team of researchers demonstrates that our brain need only perform a few lightning-fast statistical calculations to detect key properties of unknown objects.

Brain-Controlled Hearing Aid Automatically Identifies Who You Want to Hear

Columbia engineers develop new AI technology that amplifies correct speaker from a group; breakthrough could lead to better hearing aids.

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