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Urban Owl-Fitters

By | December 1, 2015

How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities


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Spiders, Prey Leave DNA

By | November 30, 2015

A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.


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Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier

By | November 11, 2015

Researchers deliver cancer-fighting drugs to a patient’s brain via the bloodstream, penetrating the blood-brain barrier for the first time.


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Buzzed Honeybees

By | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.


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New Hope for Alzheimer’s Blood Test

By | October 19, 2015

Using autoantibodies as biomarkers, researchers could soon identify people at the highest risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases much earlier than existing methods.


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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.


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Formaldehyde Fears

By | October 1, 2015

Data on the links between ALS and the chemical have been contradictory, but the latest study suggests undertakers are at risk.

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Undertaker's Bane

By | October 1, 2015

Harvard Professor Marc Weisskopf discusses the potential link between formaldehyde and ALS.

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Brain Gain

By | October 1, 2015

Young neurons in the adult human brain are likely critical to its function.


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Endogenous Retrovirus Active in ALS

By | September 30, 2015

Researchers uncover evidence that a retrovirus embedded within the human genome may play a role in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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