Articles

01/15/18

Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout

Chernobyl's nuclear disaster reveals the unpredictability of evolution

Brittney Borowiec

Environmental Physiology

McMaster University

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What does California's future look like? Scientists asked trees

Blue oaks have up to 500 years of climate history written in their rings

Daniel Ackerman

Ecology

University of Minnesota

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01/11/18

The brain treats questions about beliefs like physical threats. Can we learn to disarm it?

Street epistemologists are trying to give people 'the gift of doubt'

Jonathan Rydberg

Education: Science and the Public

SUNY Buffalo

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01/10/18

What the Ice Age tells us about how plants will manage in a hotter world

New research seems to resolve a puzzle of why plants struggled in the past

Baird Langenbrunner

Earth System Science

UC Irvine

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01/09/18

Simulating evolution helped scientists design a better virus

It sounds like an arcane superpower. It boils down to random mutation and selection

Devang Mehta

Genomics

University of Alberta

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01/08/18

Can young blood actually help cure Alzheimer's?

Researchers are testing the idea, with encouraging early results

Gregory Logan-Graf

Cell Biology

Carnegie Mellon University

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Alternative medicine should be subject to scientific rigor, too

We need science, not hype, to hunt for ideas in traditional medicine

Sukalp Muzumdar

Molecular Biology

ETH Zurich

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01/05/18

Natural disasters leave behind more than just physical damage

A study in Japan traces links between disasters and mental illness

Ashley Best

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Louisville

01/04/18

Is light pollution changing how plants do – and don't – grow?

Plants depend on cycles of light. Now, they're always on

Kylla Benes

Ecology

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01/03/18

Can better sleep help protect us from trauma?

A new study suggests REM sleep may make us less vulnerable to PTSD

Brooke Dulka

Behavioral Neuroscience

University of Tennessee

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01/02/18

Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research

A comic about the problems with the -omics, illustrated by Matteo Farinella

Matteo Farinella

Neuroscience

Columbia University

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12/29/17

Shrews change size with the seasons. Could we do it too?

The environmental case for smaller, more adaptive humans

Jasmin Imran Alsous

Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering

Princeton University

12/28/17

These researchers want to stop treating depression with trial and error

A promising startup is using deep learning to tailor treatments to patients

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds

Neuroscience

McGill University

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12/27/17

People ask about my experiments on mice. The answers are … complicated

Behind most breakthroughs is animal research. Let's stop pretending otherwise

Ashley Juavinett

Neuroscience

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

12/26/17

Why you shouldn't believe everything your sleep tracker tells you

People who are told they slept poorly will act accordingly, even if it isn't true

Jack Barton

Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Manchester

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