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Microbial Life Beneath the Ice

By | November 27, 2012

Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.

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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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Einstein’s Unusual Brain

By | November 19, 2012

Previously unreleased photographs show that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features that could explain his extraordinary cognitive abilities.

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Brain Waves from the Beyond

By | November 19, 2012

Researchers in Brazil study the brain activity of mediums while they supposedly communicate with spirits.

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Personality Predicts Placebo Effect

By | November 16, 2012

People with certain personality traits are more likely to get pain relief from a placebo, a finding that could help improve clinical trials.

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A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

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An “Unconscious” Man Talks

By | November 14, 2012

Functional magnetic resonance images of a vegetative patient’s brain communicate to doctors that he’s conscious and not in pain.

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Navel Bugs

By | November 12, 2012

A new study reveals a large mix of microbes in most human belly buttons.  

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Setback for Malaria Vaccine

By | November 9, 2012

The malaria vaccine under development by GSK and the PATH initiative only protects about one in three babies, though some researchers say those odds are better than nothing.

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A Brain for Rhythm

By | November 9, 2012

A legendary rock and roll drummer teams up with a neuroscientist to explore the role of rhythm in brain function.

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