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August 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age

By Tia Ghose | July 25, 2011

Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.

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Do Heat Waves Spur Violence?

By Jef Akst | July 25, 2011

Are the triple digit temperatures provoking people to do their worst?

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WHO Says No to TB Blood Tests

By Cristina Luiggi | July 19, 2011

For the first time, WHO warns against the use of a diagnostic method.

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Learning Addiction

By Cristina Luiggi | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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Circadian Signs of Aging

By Kerry Grens | July 13, 2011

The neural nexus of the circadian clock shows signs of functional decline as mice age, providing clues as to why sleep patterns tend to change as people grow older.

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Contact Allergies May Help Stymie Cancer

By Edyta Zielinska | July 12, 2011

New data suggests that skin rashes are associated with lower risk of developing certain cancers.

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Cough Syrup Treats MS?

By Bob Grant | July 11, 2011

Researchers find that an ingredient in common cough medicine improves multiple sclerosis symptoms in animal models.

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Putting Vaccines to the Test

By Tia Ghose | July 10, 2011

Gene expression analysis allows researchers to predict which patients will respond to flu vaccines and possibly expedite vaccine development.

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Summer Science, British Style

By Jef Akst and Richard P. Grant | July 8, 2011

The Royal Society's annual science extravaganza packs some interesting stuff into 5 days of love and research.

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