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Why the 'peculiar' stands out in our memory
Memories that stick with us for a lifetime are those that fit in with a lot of other things we remember – but have a slightly weird twist. It’s this notion of ‘peculiarity’ that can help us understand what makes lasting memories. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Ultra-thin camera creates images without lenses
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Engineers have built a camera that does not need lenses to focus light. It can switch from a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Parkinson's is partly an autoimmune disease, study finds
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Researchers have found the first direct evidence that autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson's disease, suggesting that immunosuppressants might play a role in treatment. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Neuroscientists rewire brain of one species to have connectivity of another
Scientists have rewired the neural circuit of one species and given it the connections of another species to test a hypothesis about the evolution of neural circuits and behavior. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Scientists improve people's creativity through electrical brain stimulation
Scientists have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation, according to researchers. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Potential mechanism for BCG vaccine reversal of type 1 diabetes
Interim results from a FDA-approved clinical trial testing the generic vaccine bacillus Calmette-Guérin to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes demonstrate a potential new mechanism by which the BCG vaccine may restore the proper immune response to the insulin-secreting islet cells of the pancreas. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Tactile sensor gives robots new capabilities
Eight years ago, researchers unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact with an object to provide a remarkably detailed 3-D map of its surface. Now, by mounting GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms, two teams have given robots greater sensitivity and dexterity. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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Decoded genome may help Mojave Desert tortoise win race to survive
Researchers may have a new tool to help conserve the Mojave Desert tortoise -- an iconic desert reptile in the Southwestern US For the first time, they have decoded the animal's genome and expect their findings to help direct conservation efforts in the future. This tortoise species is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and is facing serious threats to its survival. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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How most antimatter in the Milky Way forms: Mystery solved
Astrophysicists have now shown how most of the antimatter in the Milky Way forms. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
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7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains found in the Balkans
Scientists analyzing 7.2 million-year-old fossils uncovered in modern-day Greece and Bulgaria suggest a new hypothesis about the origins of humankind, placing it in the Eastern Mediterranean and not -- as customarily assumed -- in Africa, and earlier than currently accepted. The researchers conclude that Graecopithecus freybergi represents the first pre-humans to exist following the split from the last chimpanzee-human common ancestor. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...