In a year when the science news in Japan is still dominated by Fukushima, there have also been plenty of inspirational stories. For this final column of 2013, I have picked a few of my favorites.

The first was quite extraordinary. Scientists at the National Institute of Genetics in Shizuoka found a way to watch thoughts moving through a brain. The fact that it was the brain of a fish makes it no less amazing. Okay, slightly less amazing. But still: A thought was physically seen!

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