Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia have successfully mapped the circuitry in a small region of a fruit fly brain. It is a small but important step, according to the researchers, in gaining a better understanding of how the much larger and more sophisticated human brain processes information. Rob Muir has more.
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AFP (July 7, 2012) Very popular in Brazil, the acai has invaded the US, Japan and Australia. This black berry, cultivated on the edges of the Amazon, is already known for its exceptional nutritional qualities even ... watch video
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AFP (Oct. 20, 2015) The agricultural hub of Redland in south Florida is being hit hard by a major outbreak of Oriental fruit fly. State officials have quarantined the region, with local growers feeling the hit. ... watch video
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