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Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special
Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.
Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special

Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.

Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.

physiology, inflammation, neurodegeneration, literature
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
People have a unique anatomy that supports our ability to produce complex language.
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Mouse Pups Infected With Zika Show Symptoms Into Adulthood
Ashley Yeager | Jun 6, 2018
The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.
Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion
Condensin Folds DNA Through Loop Extrusion
Diana Kwon | Jun 1, 2018
By observing the activity of a protein complex in real time, researchers have uncovered new evidence for a long-standing theory.
Incomplete Immunity
Incomplete Immunity
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
By combining experimental data with computer models, researchers were able to predict a pathogen’s evolution toward more virulence.
Productivity Paradox
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Catherine Offord | May 31, 2018
Low levels of a biochemical process involved in fat breakdown predicts weight gain and metabolic complications more than a decade later.
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.