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Electric Dolphins?

By | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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Latitude Affects Human Eye Size

By | July 27, 2011

People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.

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Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age

By | July 25, 2011

Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.

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Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans

By | July 19, 2011

Non-African people carry remnants of the Neanderthal X chromosome, suggesting interbreeding with early human ancestors.

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Learning Addiction

By | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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Circadian Signs of Aging

By | July 13, 2011

The neural nexus of the circadian clock shows signs of functional decline as mice age, providing clues as to why sleep patterns tend to change as people grow older.

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Cough Syrup Treats MS?

By | July 11, 2011

Researchers find that an ingredient in common cough medicine improves multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models.

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Summer Science, British Style

By | July 8, 2011

The Royal Society's annual science extravaganza packs some interesting stuff into 5 days of love and research.

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Air Pollution Stunts Cognition

By | July 6, 2011

Particulates in the air can cause impaired learning and depression in mice.

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Brain Cells Self-Amplify

By | July 5, 2011

A certain type of neural precursor does it all—replaces itself, differentiates into specialized brain cells, and multiplies into more stem-cell-like cells.

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