The Upside of Teasing, Gossip, And Eavesdropping At The Office

With the help of headsets and backpacks on mice, scientists are using light to switch nerve cells on and off in the rodents' brains to probe the animals' social behavior, a new study shows. The widely available wireless technology used in this work, the same now used in contactless payment with credit cards, could allow broad adoption across the neuroscience community "without extensive specialized hardware," says neurotechnologist Philipp Gutruf at the University of Arizona.