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Sealed With a Kiss

By | November 17, 2014

A single intimate smooch can transfer upwards of 80 million bacteria.

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Week in Review: November 10–14

By | November 14, 2014

Funding for African science; microbiome studies may have contamination worries; mind-controlled gene expression; DNA record keeper

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How a Memory Is Made

By | November 13, 2014

Transcription factor levels dictate which neurons in a network store a memory.

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Chronic Weed Use Shrinks Brain Region

By | November 12, 2014

Long-term marijuana smokers have less gray matter in their orbitofrontal cortex than nonsmokers, but other brain circuits may compensate by increasing connectivity.

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DNA Extraction Kits Contaminated

By | November 11, 2014

Sequencing study reveals low levels of microbes in lab reagents that can create big problems for some microbiome studies.

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Mind-Controlled Gene Expression

By | November 11, 2014

A light-inducible optogenetic implant in mice, powered by EEG, responds to a human participant’s mental state.

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Behavior Brief

By | November 11, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Ghostly Experiment

By | November 10, 2014

A robot replicates the neurological phenomenon that causes people to feel like another person is nearby.

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Birdsong Breakdown

By | November 4, 2014

The hermit thrush favors harmonies like those in human music.

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Brain Massage

By | November 1, 2014

Researchers may be able to improve memory by discharging magnetic pulses on the skull to alter the neural activity at and beneath the brain’s surface.

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