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Hot Off the Presses

By | August 1, 2016

Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention

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Researchers reveal how seals affect vegetation patterns and influence the movement of feral horse populations on Sable Island in Canada.

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Moving Toward Personalized Autism Treatment

By | August 1, 2016

Researchers aim to leverage new insights into the underlying causes of the disorder to better help patients. 

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On Becoming Human

By | August 1, 2016

Some thoughts on going to the Galápagos

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The Death of Diets

By | August 1, 2016

Book author and neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt discusses her own struggle with her weight and the science behind breaking the cycle of gain and loss.

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The Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact

By | August 1, 2016

Can oxytocin help increase eye contact in patients with autism, thus opening up a whole new world of social interaction?

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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.

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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By | August 1, 2016

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

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Contributors

By | August 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Wolf Species Are Part Coyote

By | July 28, 2016

Genomic analysis reveals wolves and coyotes have hybridized, potentially complicating wolves' protection under the US Endangered Species Act.

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