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Behavior Brief


A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

A plasmid-based vaccine against the virus is immunogenic in mice and protects Rhesus macaques against infection, researchers report.

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

Policymakers’ choice of seawater intakes highlights California’s troubling embrace of unproven technologies.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

The US agribusiness secures a global, nonexclusive licensing agreement from the Broad Institute to use the gene-editing technology for agricultural applications.

World leaders agree to fight superbugs; researchers edit human embryos; peer reviewers’ motivations

Studies on the sex lives of rats and the personality of rocks are among the projects celebrated this year.

A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.

Current Issue

September 2016

Issue Cover: Beyond The Basic Five

Knowing where our bodies are in space is critical for the control of our movements and for our sense of self.

From detecting gravity and the Earth’s magnetic field to feeling heat and the movement of water around them, animals can do more than just see, smell, touch, taste, and hear.

Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.

Forget what you learned about humans having five senses. That goes double for non-human animals.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Animals have receptors for feeling gravity, fluid flow, heat, and electric and magnetic fields.

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel talks about how our brains perceive and understand works of art.

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