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Neurons That Recognize Tone Identified

By | August 28, 2017

The cells are crucial to detecting emphasis, sarcasm, and uptalk in human conversation.

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A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

By | August 28, 2017

E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 

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Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 

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Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons

By | August 24, 2017

The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.

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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem

By | August 24, 2017

A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.

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Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.

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Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms

By | August 21, 2017

Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.

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Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals

By | August 21, 2017

Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.

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Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse

By | August 18, 2017

At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.

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Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again

By | August 17, 2017

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

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