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Piggyback Pathogen

By | September 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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The Cytokine Cycle

By | September 1, 2011

The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.

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What Price Kindness?

By | September 1, 2011

Exposing the life and work of a visionary and troubled scientist opens a window onto the evolution of altruism.

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Blood’s Role in the Aging Brain

By | August 31, 2011

A blood protein involved in allergy contributes to the decline in brain function and memory in aging mice.

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The Happiness of English

By | August 31, 2011

There are more positive words than negative ones in the written English language.

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Hiding Under a Cap

By | August 30, 2011

Editor's Choice in Immunology

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Role of Nurture in Spatial Abilities

By | August 29, 2011

In matriarchal societies where women receive equal education, there is no difference in spatial abilities between men and women.

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Climate Stirs Civil Conflict

By | August 26, 2011

Civil unrest is twice as likely during warm El Niño years.

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Bug Fest 2011

By | August 25, 2011

Earlier this month (August 13-14) thousands of children and bug-loving adults descended on the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where all manner of insect—dead, alive, and deep fried—were on display to be looked at, touched and, yes...eaten.

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Beetle Mania

By | August 25, 2011

Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences was crawling with bugs, and The Scientist went down to join in the fun.

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