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The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker

Why do we yawn? The short answer is that we still don’t know for sure, but here’s a pretty good (popular) summary of some current research. The Surprising Science Behind Why and When We Yawn : The New Yorker.  

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Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind – by Nature Video – YouTube

Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind – by Nature Video – YouTube.  

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This stunning animal looks like a glitch in reality’s programming

So there’s a copepod, normally transparent, whose shell has a gap between two crystalline plates of just the right size to reflect blue light while allowing other frequencies to pass. Thus it shimmers between invisible and iridescent blue. This stunning … Continue reading

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Society of Biology Blog

Society of Biology Blog.  

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A 63-year-old albatross, oldest known wild bird, hatches a new chick

The world’s oldest known wild bird just became a mother again. The 63-year-old Laysan albatross named Wisdom was spotted taking care of her hatchling earlier this month on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, via Oldest Bird Hatches a New … Continue reading

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Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Some new work in how memories are formed. It looks like certain mRNAs are molecularly masked and unmasked based on activity in the neuron, so that translation occurs based on which synapses are active. Watching Molecules Morph into Memories | … Continue reading

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Gene therapy successfully used to treat one cause of blindness

Injecting good copies of a gene directly into the retina of patients with a genetically-based progressive blindness causes significant improvement in many of them. Retinal gene therapy in patients with choroideremia: initial findings from a phase 1/2 clinical trial : … Continue reading

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