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Consilience, Episode 1: Smarty Plants

By | February 13, 2017

A conversation with plant biologists on the age-old dispute over the similarities and differences between plants and animals.

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Bigger-Brained Species Have Longer Yawns

By | October 5, 2016

Yawn duration also correlates with the number of cortical neurons, according to a study.

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Minding the Pulse of Memory Consolidation

By | July 28, 2016

Studying sleep spindles could help neuroscientists better understand certain cognitive impairments.  

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Stem Cells for Personalized Pain Therapy Testing

By | April 21, 2016

Using patient-derived stem cells, researchers create laboratory neuron models that reflect a patient’s response to a pain drug.

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Brain Fold Tied to Hallucinations

By | November 19, 2015

A shorter crease in the medial prefrontal cortex is linked with a higher risk of schizophrenics experiencing hallucinations.

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Rewarding Companions

By | October 26, 2015

Oxytocin and social contact together modulate endocannabinoid activity in the mouse brain, which could help explain the prosocial effects of marijuana use. 

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Dopamine Distress and Obesity

By | September 14, 2015

A genetic predisposition toward learning poorly from negative outcomes may influence behaviors leading to weight gain, a study shows.

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Hormone Affects “Runner’s High”

By | September 2, 2015

Leptin, the satiety hormone produced by fat, affects neuronal signaling in the mouse brain; interference with this pathway can influence the rewarding effects of running in the animals.

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Mental Speedometer Cells

By | July 15, 2015

Scientists identify neurons that track speed in the brains of moving rats.

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Sex Differences in Pain Pathway

By | June 29, 2015

Male and female mice utilize different immune cells to process pain, a study shows.

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