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COVID-19 lockdown has changed how we use recreational drugs

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Boredom and more free time increased alcohol consumption while increased anxiety drives benzodiazepine use

Christine Jack, University of Aberdeen

Escaping through a predator's butt is a common strategy for prey

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Sahana Sitaraman, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India

Scientists discover brain cells that remember where escape routes are

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These neurons track safe places so mice can escape threats in a split-second

Samuel J Walker, Harvard Medical School

Nectar robbery by short-tongued bees is throwing off delicate pollination cycles

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Nectar-robbing by bees leads to fewer visits by other pollinating insects, impacting flower reproductive success

Lila Westreich, University of Washington

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In the future, lab animals will live in computer chips, not cages

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One lab's rodent surgeon thinks there are better ways to model human disease

Lindsay Gray

New research uses CRISPR gene editing to grow new neurons in diseased brains

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Sahana Sitaraman, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India

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