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Nitrogen-fixing ferns: Aquatic alfalfa | The EconomistTomorrow’s oil
USING crowdfunding to raise money for science neglected by conventional grant-giving agencies is all the rage. Indeed, there is almost a return to a lost era of amateur natural philosophers and natural historians—with the twist that the amateurs merely stump up the cash, rather than doing the actual research. It seems appropriate, t...
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WHAT causes autism is a mystery. One theory is that a phenomenon called the cellular-danger response lies at the root of it. The CDR makes cells put their ordinary activities on hold and instead switch on their defence systems, in reaction to high levels in the bloodstream of chemicals called purines. These are important and widespread substances:...

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Early man: Probing the chamber of secrets
CAVE MEN did not live in caves. But some died in them and their remains, thus protected from scavengers and the elements, lasted long enough for palaeontologists to discover and examine them. Sometime between 600,000 and 300,000 years ago, quite a few died in La Sima de los Huesos near Burgos, in Spain. The Bone Pit, as the name translates into...
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I was about 15 minutes late for my first phone call with Jan Scheuermann. When I tried to apologize for keeping her waiting, she stopped me. “I wasn’t just sitting around waiting for you, you know,” she said, before catching herself. “Well, actually I was sitting around.”

Scheuermann, who is 54, has

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For decades, biologists spurned emotion and feeling as uninteresting. But Antonio Damasio demonstrated that they were central to the life-regulating processes of almost all living creatures.

Damasio’s essential insight is that feelings are “mental experiences of body states[1],” which arise as the b

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What might be called the “make love, not war” branch of behavioral neuroscience began to take shape in (where else?) California several years ago, when researchers in David J. Anderson’s laboratory at Caltech decided to tackle the biology of aggression. They initiated the line of research by orche

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When it comes to the study of memory, we might be living in something of a golden age. Researchers are exploring provocative questions about what memory fundamentally isand how it might be manipulated. Some scientists are tweaking the brains of lab rats in order to remove memories or implant false

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A New Class of Mobile Malware Steals Banking Information | MIT Technology Review
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Samsung and Spotify are teaming up to partner the global music streaming service with a series of wireless speakers...
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Europe, perhaps a little bit embarrassed about being so far behind the US's deployment of 4G LTE, has announced that it will work together with South Korea to develop the next-gen 5G standard. As you may be aware, though, all of this is much easier said than done: While carriers and marketing bods are keen to move onto 5G for obvious reasons...

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