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Antarctic moss lives after 1,500+ years under ice

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and University of Reading report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 17 that Antarctic mosses can essentially...

Some people really just don’t like music

It is often said that music is a universal language. However, a new report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on March 6 finds that...

Experiments show hypothesis of microtubule steering accurate

Tiny protein motors in cells can steer microtubules in the right direction through branching nerve cell structures, according to Penn State researchers who used...

Researchers Show Optimal Framework for Heartbeats

The heart maintains a careful balancing act; too soft and it won’t pump blood, but too hard and it will overtax itself and stop...

New Study Decodes Brain’s Process for Decision Making

  When faced with a choice, the brain retrieves specific traces of memories, rather than a generalized overview of past experiences, from its mental Rolodex,...

Look Out Above! Experiment Explores Innate Visual Behavior in Mice

When you're a tiny mouse in the wild, spotting aerial predators—like hawks and owls—is essential to your survival. But once you see an owl,...

Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t

Elephants understand humans in a way most other animals don’t, according to the latest research from the University of St Andrews. The new study, published...

Brain mechanisms found behind horrifying sleep disorder

Normally muscles contract in order to support the body, but in a rare condition known as cataplexy the body's muscles "fall asleep" and become...

Even in a crowd, you remain unique, UCLA life scientists report

"Am I just a face in the crowd? Is that all I'll ever be? ... Do you think I stand out?" -- The Kinks, "A Face in the Crowd" It may seem paradoxical, but being part of a crowd is what makes you unique, according to UCLA life scientists. Bio...

Young female chimpanzees appear to treat sticks as dolls

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The must-have gift for young female chimpanzees this holiday season might be in the Christmas tree, not under it. That's the finding of scientists at Harvard University and Bates College, who say female chimpanzees appear to tr...

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