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Can dogs see optical illusions too?

Can dogs see optical illusions too?

The Scientist | 
Psychologists use visual illusions all the time to study the shortcuts the human brain uses to extract information about the ...
Dream engineering: Virtual reality and brain stimulation yield surprising insight into the brain

Dream engineering: Virtual reality and brain stimulation yield surprising insight into the brain

The Scientist | 
[Adam] Haar Horowitz is one of a small but growing group of researchers who call themselves dream engineers and are ...
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Infographic: How social isolation forced by the coronavirus affects the brain?

The Scientist | 
[B]efore COVID-19 began its global spread, millions of people were already what researchers consider to be socially isolated—separated from society, ...
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Infographic: How our brains keep track of time

The Scientist | 
It’s unclear how the brain keeps track of the timing of events within a memory. One theory posits that, as ...
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Hydroxychloroquine trials halted after World Health Organization cites ‘significantly higher risk of death’ for COVID-19 patients

The Scientist | 
The World Health Organization has suspended testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after a study published in The Lancet reported ...
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Targeting cancer cells by ‘putting the brakes’ on their ability to mutate and evolve

The Scientist | 
The vast majority of cancer deaths in the US come about not because of a lack of treatment, but because ...
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Infographic: Track the global spread of the coronavirus

The Scientist | 
The numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths are changing rapidly. The following charts only provide an approximation of the current ...
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Infographic: What suicidal behavior looks like in the brain

The Scientist | 
Scientists have identified several key neurobiological pathways with ties to suicidal behaviors. Research in the field addresses only a fraction ...
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Can we use the brain’s ‘biochemical changes’ to predict—and prevent— suicide?

The Scientist | 
No field of scientific inquiry can single-handedly untangle a phenomenon as complex as suicide. But [Kees] van Heeringen and many ...
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Was it ‘bad luck’—not ancient humans—that drove Neanderthals to extinction?

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Neanderthals may have gone extinct due to chance, and not, as some researchers previously thought, due to competition for resources ...
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‘Time to stop debating’: Researchers blame enterovirus for mysterious polio-like paralysis in kids

The Scientist | 
A team of researchers has published evidence that an enterovirus is to blame for a mysterious neurologic illness that has ...
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‘If you get better, you stay better’: Deep brain stimulation could offer long-lasting depression treatment

The Scientist | 
Deep brain stimulation can durably improve depression symptoms in people who don’t respond well to other treatments, according to a ...
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Exploring origins of the female orgasm. Is it an ‘evolutionary throwback’?

The Scientist | 
The female orgasm might have evolved as part of a biological mechanism to induce ovulation, according to findings published [September ...
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Infographic: Quantum ‘tricks’ influence photosynthesis, other biological functions

The Scientist | 
ENZYME CATALYSIS: A TUNNEL THROUGH THE BARRIER Traditional theories of enzyme catalysis hold that the proteins speed up reactions by ...
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Facing Ebola outbreak, Uganda approves 3 experimental treatments

The Scientist | 
Health authorities in Uganda have approved the use of three experimental treatments against Ebola in the country. The decision comes ...
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Off-target RNA mutations: Why this ‘more precise genome-editing’ technique needs improvement

The Scientist | 
Base editors designed to convert one DNA nucleotide to another may also perform large numbers of unwanted edits to RNA, ...
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Infographic: How do urban environments drive genetic change?

The Scientist | 
Air pollution may favor the adaptation of organisms to become more stress-resistant than their rural counterparts. There is some evidence ...
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Immunotherapy more effective in patients with more cancer mutations, study shows

The Scientist | 
The number of mutations in a tumor’s genome may predict how well a patient will benefit from treatment with immune ...
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Urbanization is a ‘massive unplanned experiment’: How cities affect evolution

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[C]ities are having profound effects on their animal and plant residents. Globally, about 0.5 percent of Earth’s land area is ...
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Bee-friendly pesticides? Protein discovery could lead to less toxic neonicotinoid insecticides

The Scientist | 
[S]tudies have shown that not all the compounds are equally toxic to [honeybees], suggesting that there might be variation in ...
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Transgenic silkworms engineered to spin tough-fiber spider silk

In Jon Rice’s office is a small incubator full of tiny insect eggs—one of many such incubators kept at Kraig ...
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Data storage may be coming to a molecule near you

[George Church] and two Harvard colleagues translated an HTML draft of a 50,000-word book on synthetic biology, coauthored by Church, ...

Synthetic tissue transmits electrical signals, like neurons

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Researchers at the University ...

Epigenetic inheritance may contribute to diabetes risk

The Scientist | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. While scientists have identified ...
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