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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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Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets

By | July 23, 2014

Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.

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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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Lichen Legion

By | July 2, 2014

Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.

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Book Excerpt from Nature’s Nether Regions

By | July 1, 2014

In Chapter 6, “Bateman Returns,” author Menno Schilthuizen surveys the battlefield of the evolutionary arms race that has led to, among other things, such excesses as “traumatic sex.”

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Capsule Reviews

By | July 1, 2014

Sex on Earth, Wild Connection, The Classification of Sex, and XL Love

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