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Optical technologies offer researchers a powerful new toolkit to explore the structure and function of the brain. (Image: Sergey Nivens/

Fibre guides optogenetics to brain breakthroughs

Advances in optical fibres and microscale LEDs are furthering neuroscientists’ understanding of the brain, Susan Curtis discovers

After the test disk is placed inside the chamber, some fine tuning is required to ensure they are horizontal and perfectly centred (credit: Caltech)

Making waves in cosmic ripple detection

LIGO scientists have developed a new mirror coating that could dramatically increase the observatory's detection rate of gravitational waves

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