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December 8, 2019

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New research reveals how a week in the dark rewires brain cell networks and changes hearing sensitivity in adult mice long ... read more
A study in fruit flies has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body's startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body ... read more
Light-sensitive cells active in the retina even before the fetus can distinguish images may play a larger role in the developing eye and brain than previously thought. ... read more
Researchers have found a new survival mechanism for a commonly known type of bacteria. It can send out warning signals and thus make sure that other bacteria escape 'dangers' ... read more
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Fighting Opioids With an Unlikely Supplemental Painkiller: Anti-Itch Medicine

Researchers are investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine -- which targets a different part--more effective. The findings suggest ... read more

Simulations Suggest Embryo Selection Based on Traits Like Height or IQ Is Still Far Off

The recent live births resulting from human embryonic CRISPR editing have heightened global concerns regarding 'designer babies.' Currently, the most practical approach to genetic ... read more

Bot Can Beat Humans in Multiplayer Hidden-Role Games

Researchers have developed a bot equipped with artificial intelligence that can beat human players in tricky online multiplayer games where player roles and motives are kept ... read more

Brain Scans Reveal How the Human Brain Compensates When One Hemisphere Is Removed

Researchers studying six adults who had one of their brain hemispheres removed during childhood to reduce epileptic seizures found that the remaining half of the brain formed unusually strong ... read more

Complex Organ Models Grown in the Lab

Scientists have successfully produced human tissues from stem cells. They have a complexity similar to that of normal tissue and are far superior to previous ... read more

Ayahuasca Compound Changes Brainwaves to Vivid 'Waking-Dream' State

Scientists have peered inside the brain to show how taking DMT affects human consciousness by significantly altering the brain's electrical ... read more

Watch out for 'Feather Duvet Lung' Caution Doctors

Watch out for 'feather duvet lung' doctors have warned after treating a middle aged man with severe lung inflammation that developed soon after he bought feather-filled ... read more

Researchers Bring Gaming to Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. A new study details three games created for level three and ... read more

The Ways Astronauts Prep for Spaceflight Could Benefit Cancer Patients, Say Researchers

During spaceflight, astronauts experience similar physical stress as cancer patients undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy. Researchers suggest that by ... read more

Can 'Smart Toilets' Be the Next Health Data Wellspring?

Wearable, smart technologies are transforming the ability to monitor and improve health, but a decidedly low-tech commodity -- the humble toilet -- may have potential to outperform them ... read more

Army Researcher Promotes Cooperation Between Humans, Autonomous Machines

The trust between humans and autonomous machines is a research priority -- as machines become integral to society, it is critical to understand the impact on human ... read more

White noise is not the same as other noise -- and even a quiet environment does not have the same effect as white noise. With a background of continuous white noise, hearing pure sounds becomes even ... read more

Spray Painting Fiber Bandages Onto Wounds

Researchers have developed a portable electrospinning device with a confined electric field that can safely deposit bandages and drugs directly onto biological surfaces, using air to spray the fibers ... read more

How Two Strains of One Bacterium Combine to Cause Flesh-Eating Infection

A new study used genetic analysis to reveal how two different strains of a single species of flesh-eating bacteria worked in concert to become more dangerous than either one strain alone. The work ... read more

An Exception to the Rule: An Intact Sense of Smell Without a Crucial Olfactory Brain Structure

A handful of left-handed women have excellent senses of smell, despite lacking olfactory ... read more

First Adult Molars Are 'Living Fossils' That Hold a 'Health Record' Dating Back to the Womb

Researchers have found that a person's first permanent molars carry a life-long record of health information dating back to the womb, storing vital information that can connect maternal health ... read more

DNA Is Only One Among Millions of Possible Genetic Molecules

Biology encodes information in DNA and RNA, complex molecules finely tuned to their functions. Although, other nucleic acid-like polymers are known, yet much remains unknown regarding possible ... read more

Immersion in Virtual Reality Scenes of the Arctic Helps to Ease People's Pain

Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has ... read more

Imagined Movements Can Alter Our Brains

Brain-computer interfaces have a structural impact on brain ... read more

'I Knew That Was Going to Happen:' Déjà Vu and the 'Postdictive' Bias

Memory researchers have a new theory on why déjà vu is accompanied not only by feelings of prediction, but also an 'I knew that was going to happen' ... read more

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