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Visual Consciousness Emerges

By | April 22, 2013

A new study of brain activity patterns suggests that babies as young as 5 months old have the neural mechanisms to register that they’ve seen a face.  

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Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?

By | April 22, 2013

A new study suggests that in the Spanish Habsburg royal family, natural selection may have diminished the most harmful effects of inbreeding.

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Measuring Consciousness

By | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience

By | April 16, 2013

A new study blames the unreliable nature of some research in the field on underpowered statistical analyses.

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Beer Tastes Intoxicating

By | April 15, 2013

Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.

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Plant DNA Largely Unchanged

By | April 15, 2013

Today’s tulip trees carry similar mitochondrial DNA as those that grew in the time of the dinosaurs.

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A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

By | April 11, 2013

Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.

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Human Ancestors?

By | April 11, 2013

Fossilized skeletal remains of the hominid Australopithecus sediba add to the puzzle of human evolution.

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“Breathprints” Could Diagnose Disease

By | April 5, 2013

Researchers can identify individuals by the unique chemical signatures in their breath, suggesting that exhalations could be used for metabolomic tests.

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Week in Review: April 1-5

By | April 5, 2013

Living fossils not so fossilized; Canadian gov’t threatens scientists’ freedom to speak and publish; gene therapy for sensory disorders; an unusual theory of cancer; clues for an HIV vaccine

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