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NEW: One-way hydrogel guides motion of tiny worms!
A better way of predicting tsunamis!
Opossum hearts hint at new ways of fighting cardiovascular disease
New genetic insights into the plant rehydration process: this is why your plants don’t die after you forgot to water them.
Scientists have succeeded in growing three-dimensional salivary gland tissue that produced saliva like normal glands when implanted into mice.
Scientists have decoded the genomes of two species of shark, bringing the grand total of sequenced shark genomes to three.
Amanda writes about the Ig Nobel awards after founder Marc Abrahams visited nerdnite Tokyo. Science at its best!
A group of scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor.
A survey of a molecular cloud has found that the organic chemical makeup of protostars varies considerably.
Scientists show that two epigenetic factors improve the success rate of cloning via somatic cell nuclear transfer.
Scientists designed transgenic plants that survive drought-like conditions by bumping up acetic acid production only when water is scarce.
An international research team led by RIKEN BDR has identified a pair of genes that regulate how much REM (dream) and non-REM sleep an animal experiences.
Bioluminescence imaging of fly brains reveals neurons sensitive to fly poo laced with pheromones (you can see the fecal “landmark” in the dotted circle). Need we say more?
Scientists have found evidence that hippocampal memories of experience are not stored in place cells.
Scientists have discovered a gene that allows plants to cope with extreme heat by changing the composition of chloroplast membranes.
Researchers discover a dopaminergic circuit in the brain that allows fear associations to disappear when there isn’t anything to be afraid of anymore.
Blue light alters some gene expression in plants by changing the transcription start sites to downstream locations.
Learn how (neurologically) cool octopus arms are (as if you didn’t already know).
ANT1 mutations found in bipolar disease that affect mitochondria lead to hyperexcitable serotonergic neuronal activity in the brain.
New contributor and nuclear physicist Sarah Naimi talks about her recent experience in science communication at a recent scicom event in Tokyo.
Scientists have discovered a gene in mice that allows memory replay at rest, a process necessary for forming long-lasting memories in mice.
A group of scientists led by researchers have discovered a key mechanism through which spider silk is formed.
Scientists discover a deletion mutation that reduces amyloid-beta plaque formation in Alzheimer’s disease model mice.
Newly discovered plant peptide hormone can be used to protect plants from excessive environmental salt.
Specially engineered bacteria can produce an industrially significant chemical from renewable sources in a much gentler process than the one currently used by industry.
Researchers have linked changes in mouse immune-cell metabolism to anxiety-related behavior and alterations in brain chemistry.
Scientists show that CLE25 is a plant hormone that travels from roots to leaves and helps close stomata in times of dehydration stress.
An international collaboration has determined that cooption of the Heat Shock Factor (HSF) gene system is what allows larvae of the sleeping chironomid to be able to survive severe desiccation.
A new way to image the brain from outside the head using bioluminescence.
A new way to optogenetically activate neurons deep in the brain using infrared light and upconversion nanoparticles. It’s non-invasive!
Even fish want to avoid carbon dioxide. Now we know that they can because of chemosensation and the Terminal Nerve.
Bar talk about tinkering with bioluminescent molecules from jellyfish, corals, and algae, figuring out how they work, and making them more useful for brain science.
Data from the Himawari-8 geosynchronous satellite was used in weather simulations to improve forecasts of sudden precipitation and tropical storm development.
Scientists show that the moss Funaria hygrometrica can remove harmful lead from water when in the protonema stage of development.
In addition to encoding self location, brain cells in the rat hippocampus act like a GPS that encodes the location of other rats.
The KAI2 receptor for compounds found in smoke helps plants retain water and survive during drought.
Two parallel temperature-responsive mechanisms ensure that circadian rhythms are not skewed by changes in temperature
The stars align. That’s what you say, when things work out perfectly. In the case of an eclipse, of course, it’s not stars that align but rather the moon and sun.
Rhythmic sniffing boosts phase-coded neuronal signals in the mouse olfactory bulb that allow odors to be identified.
Researchers have found a small connecting protein that can help make quantum dot-based probes for biomedical imaging.
Using a sophisticated setup, scientists have made the most precise measurement to date of the proton magnetic moment.
Using a novel two-particle measurement method, scientists have measured the magnetic moment of the antiproton at a precision 350 times higher than any previous measurement.
A little genetic engineering and a special recipe allows photosynthetic bacteria to mass-produce super lightweight spider silk for use in manufacturing.
A Japanese herbal medicine promotes good bacteria and innate immune cells in the gut, which protects against intestinal inflammation.
Humans team-up with a robotic AI to speed up experiments to find the best way to regrow damaged eye tissue from stem cells.
If self-driving cars make saccades like people, they might make fewer mistakes identifying important features of the road.
Micro-CT scans using synchrotron radiation X-rays reveal Palaeospondylus morphology, finally allowing its placement on the evolutionary tree.
Xist knockout rescues miscarriages in mice whose egg cells lack H3K27me3 epigenetic instructions.
A completely unknown type of cell death called “erebosis” has been discovered in the guts of the common fruit fly.
Diagnosis accuracy improved when doctors used explanatory AI to help diagnose congenital heart disease from fetal ultrasound videos.
Computer simulations were used to show that small adjustments to certain variables in the weather system could modify weather phenomena such as sudden downpours.
This new robotic exoskeleton uses machine learning to know when users want help standing up.
Thomas McHugh from the RIKEN Center for Brain Science continues his discussion about memories, emotions, the brain, and life. Continue!
Animated research highlight: Opossum hearts hint at new ways of fighting cardiovascular diseaseContinue!
Kelly, our new It Ain’t Magic contributor, writes about her nerdy nighttime experiences in Tokyo. Continue!
Brain science ’round midnight episode 8: Thomas McHugh from the RIKEN Center for Brain Science discusses memories and the brain Continue!
Activating Q-neurons in the mouse brain led to a hibernation-like state that protected kidneys during heart surgery. Continue!
Recipe for success: Walk 5 min, sit 8 min, lay no-longer-crying baby down. Now you can relax. Continue!