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Doubling Up on Brain Power

By | March 19, 2014

Europe and the United States launch a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain.


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Music on the Mind

By | March 13, 2014

Three new studies delve into humans’ creation and perception of music.


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Seeing with Sound

By | March 10, 2014

Converting sights to sounds reveals that the brains of congenitally blind people respond similarly to various objects as those of subjects who can see.

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Biomarkers Predict Future Cognitive Impairment

By | March 9, 2014

A blood test can predict whether an asymptomatic older adult will develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease within two to three years, a study shows.


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Venter's New Venture

By | March 5, 2014

The genomics pioneer is starting a new company that aims to tackle the mysteries of human aging.


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More Mutations in Girls with Autism

By | March 4, 2014

A greater number of genetic mutations among autistic girls, compared to their male counterparts, suggests that the female brain can better handle such variations.  

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Air Traffic

By | March 1, 2014

Scientists use DNA sequencing to identify what’s attracting birds to airports, where midair collisions with planes can be devastating.


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Capsule Reviews

By | March 1, 2014

The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds

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Keys to the Minibar

By | March 1, 2014

Degraded DNA from museum specimens, scat, and other sources has thwarted barcoding efforts, but researchers are filling in the gaps with mini-versions of characteristic genomic stretches.

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The Benefits of Barcoding

By | March 1, 2014

Watch DNA barcoder Mehrdad Hajibabaei from the University of Guelph describe the technology’s potential.


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