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Light-Activated Memory Switch

By | August 27, 2014

Scientists use optogenetics to swap out negative memories for positive ones—and vice versa—in mice.

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Ebola’s Toll on Healthcare Workers

By | August 26, 2014

“Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola,” the World Health Organization says.

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Social Data for Ebola Surveillance

By | August 26, 2014

Algorithms that map social media posts and mobile phone data can help researchers track epidemics.

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Chimps Empath-eyes?

By | August 25, 2014

Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.

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How Hummingbirds Taste Nectar

By | August 21, 2014

Hummingbirds perceive sweetness through a receptor with which other vertebrates taste savory foods. 

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Obscured Like an Octopus

By | August 21, 2014

Cephalopod skin inspires engineers to design sheets of adaptive camouflage sensors. 

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image: DARPA Challenge to Predict Chikungunya Spread

DARPA Challenge to Predict Chikungunya Spread

By | August 19, 2014

Contest aims to identify models that accurately forecast outbreaks.

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image: WHO: Ebola Outbreak Underestimated

WHO: Ebola Outbreak Underestimated

By | August 18, 2014

The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak may be worse than their official numbers show and notes that it’s still considering the use of several experimental therapies.

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image: Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1

Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1

By | August 18, 2014

Early-stage clinical trial yields promising results. 

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image: Week in Review: August 11–15

Week in Review: August 11–15

By | August 15, 2014

Early antibiotics lead to obesity; plants communicate with mRNA; how chikungunya spreads; development of the premature infant gut microbiome; bonobo empathy

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