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Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex

By Jim Daley | April 20, 2018

Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.

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An email exchange and an unusual meeting suggest a connection between an institute’s pursuit of industry support and the rejection of a grant application.

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Alcohol Damages Mouse DNA

By Jef Akst | January 3, 2018

A byproduct of alcohol consumption causes mutations in the DNA of mouse blood stem cells, and some of the breaks are not repaired.

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image: Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods

Different Alcoholic Drinks Tied to Different Moods

By Catherine Offord | November 22, 2017

An online survey finds that people report feeling most relaxed with a glass of red wine or beer, and most aggressive when drinking spirits.

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image: Study: Alcohol Industry Distorts Cancer Risk

Study: Alcohol Industry Distorts Cancer Risk

By Bob Grant | September 10, 2017

Researchers claim that industry groups worldwide misrepresent the carcinogenicity of alcohol products.

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Image of the Day: Social Drinking

By The Scientist Staff | April 28, 2017

Drunken crayfish will roll on their backs and enthusiastically perform tail flips in their tanks. The animals are more likely to display they behaviors after spending time in a social environment compared with an isolated one.

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image: Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating

Neural Mechanism Links Alcohol Consumption to Binge Eating

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 10, 2017

Ethanol triggers starvation-activated neurons, leading mice to overeat. 

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Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.

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TS 2015 Gift Guide

By Kerry Grens | December 15, 2015

Check out these life science–inspired gifts

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image: Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

Tippling Chimps Caught in the Act

By Bob Grant | June 10, 2015

Researchers in Africa observe chimpanzees stealing palm wine from villagers’ cups and imbibing the beverage.

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