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Leading Neuroscientist Dies

By | November 30, 2012

Laurent Descarries, well known for his research on the brain’s axon terminals, has passed away at the age of 73.

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Rats Get Placebo Effect

By | November 28, 2012

Rodents experience placebo-induced pain relief, providing a new model with which to investigate the phenomenon.

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Suspect Sasquatch Sequencing

By | November 28, 2012

Without publishing any data, a Texas-based forensic company claims to have sequenced the genome of Bigfoot.

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More Animal Welfare Problems at UCSF

By | November 27, 2012

Lab inspection reports and internal documents reveal incidents involving the mistreatment of research animals at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Architecture Reveals Genome’s Secrets

By | November 25, 2012

Three-dimensional genome maps are leading to a deeper understanding of how the genome’s form influences its function.

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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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No Sex Required

By | November 19, 2012

An all-female species, distantly related to flatworms, steals all of genetic material it needs to diversify its genome.

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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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