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Charlie Wood

  • Science Writer

Charlie Wood is a science writer with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Brown University and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. In previous lives he taught physics in Mozambique and English in Japan, but these days he freelances from his home in New York.

Articles by Charlie Wood

Sun-seeking brain cells keep the sleep cycle in balance.
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The release of the “vampire hormone” lets the body know when it’s time to sleep.
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Billionths of a meter thick yet tough as silk or steel, these unwanted threads are hard to destroy.
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A look at the back of your throat provides insight into the brain.
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Foreign stem cells make themselves at home when implanted in a new brain.
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His drawings of brain cells helped kick off the field we know today.
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These cells help hit the brakes.
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These trailblazers strike out into various parts of the brain, laying down axons as they go.
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Snake venom attacks your cells at their most vulnerable.
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Neurons help speed up (and stop) signals to create perfect harmony.
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Some say the five senses are smell, hearing, sight, touch, and taste, but those are just the major ones.
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Neurons get a lot of glory for generating the brain’s electrical signals, but a network is only as powerful as the nodes that connect its wires.
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