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Who’s on First?: Specialized groups of neurons encode sentence meaning

Who’s on First?: Specialized groups of neurons encode sentence meaning

Syntax is hard-wired in the brain. Steven Frankland shows that distinct groups of neurons encode answers to the question, “who did it?” and, “to whom was it done?”

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Podcast Review: “Science Vs” Pits Fact Against Fiction

Podcast Review: “Science Vs” Pits Fact Against Fiction

Do not believe everything you hear. In her new podcast, Australian science journalist Wendy Zukerman examines some of our widely-held beliefs through the lens of science.

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Comprehending Cooperation in Children

Comprehending Cooperation in Children

David Rand, assistant professor of psychology, describes cooperation patterns in children, who have thus far been understudied by social psychologists interested in human cooperation.

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Is Memory Loss the Origin of Madness?

Is Memory Loss the Origin of Madness?

New research clarifies our understanding of memory deficits in schizophrenia patients.

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Experimental Philosophers Investigate Morality of Everyday Judgments

Experimental Philosophers Investigate Morality of Everyday Judgments

A team of experimental philosophers led by professor Joshua Knobe studied the influence of morality on seemingly objective judgments.

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How Perception of Color Changes with the Seasons

How Perception of Color Changes with the Seasons

Researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom have discovered that humans perceive the color yellow at lower wavelengths in the summer than in the winter.

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The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The nervous system is built on a tight schedule. Scientists investigated this neurological clock in zebrafish, bringing us closer to a complete picture of brain development.

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How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

Through months of a squirrel’s cold slumber, neurons generate their own heat to keep functioning. Our cover story explains this feat of the nervous system and explores what it might mean for humans.

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Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Science or Science Fiction? Uplifting Animals

Uplifting animals, or endowing animals with near-human intelligence, is a concept that has been explored by science fiction writers and movie producers. But real world scientists are interested, too. New research suggests that genetic and neurological modifications could enhance animals’ intelligence.

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Television Review: Sleepless in America

Television Review: Sleepless in America

As workload increases and artificial lights abound, Americans are expected to work around-the-clock, depriving themselves of one of the body’s most vital needs: sleep. The National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America elaborates on the detrimental health consequences provoked by lack of sleep and provides compelling arguments for why we should put in the extra effort to rest at least six to eight hours per night.

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