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Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. 

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A cell phone–based microscope can identify mutations in tumor tissue and image products of DNA sequencing reactions.

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Removing a specific miRNA from stem cells may induce the expression of endogenous retroviruses that enable the cells to form extra-embryonic lineages.

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Baboons Can Make Sounds Found in Human Speech

By | January 13, 2017

The findings suggest language may have started to evolve millions of years earlier than once thought.  

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Ancient Origins of Retroviruses

By | January 12, 2017

Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.

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A team of scientists was unable to replicate controversial, high-profile findings published in 2011.

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As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

By | January 10, 2017

Researchers describe how gene expression in different human brain regions is altered with age.

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Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating

By | January 10, 2017

Ethanol triggers starvation-activated neurons, leading mice to overeat. 

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Neuroimaging study confirms the fusiform gyrus continues to develop throughout childhood.

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How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering

By | January 5, 2017

A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.

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