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Hot Off the Presses

By Bob Grant | 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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The Death of Diets

By The Scientist Staff | 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 Robert Lavine | 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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The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2016

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

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Wolf Species Are Part Coyote

By Alison F. Takemura | 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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Minding the Pulse of Memory Consolidation

By Richard Kemeny | July 28, 2016

Studying sleep spindles could help neuroscientists better understand certain cognitive impairments.  

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Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs

By Jef Akst | July 28, 2016

Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.

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Classic Example of Symbiosis Revised

By Kerry Grens | July 25, 2016

The partnering of an alga and a fungus to make lichen may be only two-thirds of the equation.

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Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting

By Bob Grant | July 25, 2016

A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.

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