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Speaking of Science

By | August 1, 2014

August 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Scientific Elevator Pitches

By | August 1, 2014

A number of competitions around the world are challenging young scientists to describe their research in mere minutes.

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Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs

By | August 1, 2014

In praise of weird science at the edge of life

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Mosaic Mutations

By | July 31, 2014

Some genetic abnormalities that appear to have sprung up independently in children are in fact present in a portion of their parents’ cells.

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Zebrafish Brain in Action

By | July 28, 2014

Researchers use light-sheet microscopy to map central nervous system activity in zebrafish larvae.

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Books on the Beagle

By | July 17, 2014

An online reconstruction makes the library from Darwin’s famed ship more accessible. 

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The Genetics of Friendship

By | July 16, 2014

People tend to choose friends who share their genes, a study suggests.

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Human Brain Project Addresses Detractors

By | July 15, 2014

Officials behind the European brain mapping effort take preliminary steps to tackle concerns voiced about the project.

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More than 250 European researchers sign a letter criticizing the European Commission’s $1.6 billion effort to create a computer simulation of the human brain.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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