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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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Neurometabolic Disorders Could Contribute to Depression

By | November 1, 2016

Impairments in the production of neurotransmitters may lead to depression in some patients, preliminary results show, opening new avenues for research.

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Male mice exposed to females, their urine, or a chemical in their urine lost sensory neurons in their vomeronasal organs that respond to that chemical.

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Multiple Sclerosis: Is Yawning a Warning?

By | September 1, 2016

Neuropsychologist Simon Thompson found a possible link between yawning and multiple sclerosis. So what better way to get under the skin of his research than volunteering to take part in one of his experiments?

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Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

By | August 1, 2016

Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.

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The Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact

By | August 1, 2016

Can oxytocin help increase eye contact in patients with autism, thus opening up a whole new world of social interaction?

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Meet An Artist With No Hands

By | June 1, 2016

The brain can compensate for missing body parts, allowing some people, such as Matthias Buchinger, to function at a very high level despite their disabilities.

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Zebra Finches Aid Neurodegeneration Research

By | June 1, 2016

Bird brains might tell us a lot about how human brains malfunction in diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Serious Putty

By | May 1, 2016

A naturally occurring clay, used in traditional Native American medicine, shows promise as an antibiotic.

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