Going Under Neurons typically fire at a cacophony of different frequencies, but when put under anesthesia, monkey neurons quiet into a more uniform hum, Max Levy reports for Wired. Routinely monitoring anesthetized patients' brains could make surgery safer and provide a wealth of neurological insights, as neuroscientist Emery Brown told Steven Strogatz on Quanta's "The Joy of x" podcast.
Breath of the Wild The Himalayas have been rising and contracting in a cyclical pattern, reports Maya Wei-Haas for National Geographic. Understanding the mechanism behind these geologic respirations can help scientists make better earthquake predictions. Lucía Pérez-Díaz solved the 60-million-year-old mystery of India's apparent acceleration into the Eurasian continent: She showed it never happened. In an interview with Quanta last month, she explained the detective work behind her research.