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July 16, 2015 — Our noisy world is no match for a screaming infant. An airplane could be flying by as a house party rages on downstairs while a literal cat fight takes place outside, and still a wailing baby will ... read more

Does Salt Cause Thirst? It's Really Not All That Certain

July 16, 2015 — Conventional wisdom contends that the consumption of salt makes us thirsty and therefore leads to increased drinking to restore the balance of minerals in the body. However, no correlation was found ... read more

Better Chocolate With Microbes: Same Yeast Used in Beer, Wine and Bread

July 15, 2015 — For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Researchers have developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Human hands may be more primitive than chimp's. Human hand proportions have changed little from those of the last common ancestor (LCA) of chimpanzees and humans. These findings indicate that ... read more

July 14, 2015 — A psychologist has described a unique case, new to science. A 38-year-old fit and healthy man suffered memory loss after a local anesthetic and root-canal treatment at his dentist. For the past ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Twenty years in, the law is finally starting to get used to the Internet. Now it is imperative that the law figure out how to deal effectively with the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence, ... read more

Scientist Works on Taste, Texture and Color of Lab-Produced Hamburger

July 13, 2015 — A researcher is confident his recipe for his $300,000 cultured hamburger will not only come down in price but someday make it to ... read more

July 13, 2015 — It's no coincidence that the earthworm's slender shape makes it perfect for weaving through narrow tunnels. Evolution molds the shapes of living creatures according to the benefits they ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Researchers unveil a series of sensors, memory switches, and circuits that can be encoded in the common human gut bacterium. These basic computing elements will allow the bacteria to sense, memorize, ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Researchers have harnessed the human eye's color-sensing strengths to give the eye the ability to distinguish between objects that differ in thickness by no more than a few nanometers, about the ... read more

July 9, 2015 — Neuroscientists have introduced a new paradigm for brain-machine interfaces that investigates the physiological properties and adaptability of brain circuits, and how the brains of two or more ... read more

July 7, 2015 — New research has identified the neural circuit in the brain of the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) that is responsible for detecting a taste pheromone, which controls the decision of male flies ... read more

July 6, 2015 — What a piece of rope and strawberry jam have to do with preventing the spread of zoonotic ... read more

July 3, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to 'play dough' capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres. ... read more

Infection With Wolbachia Bacteria Curbs Fighting Among Fruit Flies

July 2, 2015 — Male fruit flies infected with the bacterium, Wolbachia, are less aggressive than those not infected, according to research. This is the first time bacteria have been shown to influence ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Imagine the way you might smell a rose. You'd take a nice big sniff to breathe in the sweet but subtle floral scent. Upon walking into a public restroom, you'd likely do just the opposite ... read more

July 2, 2015 — The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilize financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have peered into the eye-like structure of single-celled marine plankton called warnowiids and found it contains many of the components of a complex ... read more

July 1, 2015 — An experiment originally designed to test the visual abilities of octopuses and cuttlefish has given researchers an unprecedented insight into the human ability to perceive polarized light -- the ... read more

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