Sense of smell is our most rapid warning system

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The ability to detect and react to the smell of a potential threat is a precondition of our and other mammals’ survival. Using a novel technique, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have been able to study what happens in … Read More

Strange radio waves emerge from the direction of the galactic center: A variable signal aligned to the heart of the Milky Way is tantalising scientists

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Astronomers have discovered unusual signals coming from the direction of the Milky Way’s centre. The radio waves fit no currently understood pattern of variable radio source and could suggest a new class of stellar object. “The strangest property of this … Read More

Chang’e-5 samples reveal key age of moon rocks: Scientists share analysis of first fresh samples from the moon in more than 40 years

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A lunar probe launched by the Chinese space agency recently brought back the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. Now an international team of scientists — including an expert from Washington … Read More

Brain cell differences could be key to learning in humans and AI

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Imperial researchers have found that variability between brain cells might speed up learning and improve the performance of the brain and future artificial intelligence (AI). The new study found that by tweaking the electrical properties of individual cells in simulations … Read More

Neuroscientists roll out first comprehensive atlas of brain cells: BRAIN initiative consortium takes census of motor cortex cells in mice, marmoset and humans

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When you clicked to read this story, a band of cells across the top of your brain sent signals down your spine and out to your hand to tell the muscles in your index finger to press down with just … Read More

Scientists discover 14 genes that cause obesity: Findings could decouple overeating from harmful health effects

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Promising news in the effort to develop drugs to treat obesity: University of Virginia scientists have identified 14 genes that can cause and three that can prevent weight gain. The findings pave the way for treatments to combat a health … Read More

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