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Movie research results: Multitasking overloads the brain

The brain works most efficiently when it can focus on a single task for a longer period of time. Previous research shows that multitasking, which...

Wax worm caterpillar will eat plastic shopping bags: New solution to...

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every...

Brain gains seen in elderly mice injected with human umbilical cord...

Plasma taken from human umbilical cords can rejuvenate old mice’s brains and improve their memories, a new study suggests. The results, published online April...

Closer look at brain circuits reveals important role of genetics

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla have revealed new clues to the wiring of the brain. A team led by...

Immune cells play surprising role in steady heartbeat

Immune system cells may help your heart keep the beat. These cells, called macrophages, usually protect the body from invading pathogens. But a new...

How nature engineered the original rotary motor

The bacterial flagellum is one of nature's smallest motors, rotating at up to 60,000 revolutions per minute. To function properly and propel the bacterium,...

New worm-snail is a super slimer

A new species of worm-snail is rather snotty. Thylacodes vandyensis shoots out strands of mucus that tangle together, building a spiderweb-like trap for plankton...

Ant agricultural revolution began 30 million years ago in dry, desert-like...

Millions of years before humans discovered agriculture, vast farming systems were thriving beneath the surface of the Earth. The subterranean farms, which produced various...

Mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation identified

Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they'll startle significantly less; by the...

Scientists seek early signs of autism

Soon after systems biologist Juergen Hahn published a paper describing a way to predict whether a child has autism from a blood sample, the...

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