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Oceans’ Ambassador

By | July 17, 2017

Jane Lubchenco has embraced many roles: marine ecologist, science communicator, federal agency administrator, and sustainable fishing advocate.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain

By | July 13, 2017

Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 

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Earth Experiencing Sixth Mass Extinction: Study

By | July 11, 2017

Scientists describe the number of vertebrate species experiencing population declines as “biological annihilation.”

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Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling

By and | July 11, 2017

Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  

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Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study

By | July 10, 2017

Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.

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Electrical Stimulation Steers Neural Stem Cells

By | July 3, 2017

Current can guide implanted cells away from rats’ noses toward a region deep in their brains.

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Image of the Day: Gold Matter

By | June 30, 2017

The white matter tracts that wind throughout this microetching are based on diffusion spectrum imaging data from a human brain, realistically portraying the circuits found within a sagittal brain section.

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Memories Erased from Snail Neurons

By | June 28, 2017

Scientists block particular enzymes to remove the cellular signatures associated with specific memory types.  

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How Roundworms Sleep

By | June 22, 2017

When Caenorhabditis elegans surrenders to slumber, the majority of its neurons fall silent.

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