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Rodents Repulsed by Reeking Male Researchers

Rodents Repulsed by Reeking Male Researchers

The scent of human men stresses out mice and rats, which changes their pain responses and could affect experimental results. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

April 30, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Why a Bio-Duck?

The source of the mysterious so-called "bio-duck" sounds in the Southern Ocean is finally revealed by researchers engaged in minke business. Sophie Bushwick reports

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April 25, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick
Dainty Diet Dictated Big-Feline Decline

Dainty Diet Dictated Big-Feline Decline

Cougars survived the late Pleistocene extinction when other North American big cats became extinct,  thanks to their more flexible feeding habits. Sophie Bushwick reports
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April 23, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

The Hangover: Part N+1

Developing a hangover doesn't prevent or even significantly delay the next drinking bout. Sophie Bushwick reports 

 

March 11, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick

Jazz Improvisers Appear to Use Language Brain Areas

Brain scans of musicians as they improvised in a musical dialogue with another player showed that the improvisers used regions involved in syntax during production of language. Sophie Bushwick reports ...

February 27, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick
Lassie and Timmy Hear Vocals in Same Brain Area

Lassie and Timmy Hear Vocals in Same Brain Area

Functional MRI brain scans show that man and man's best friend use analogous brain regions to process vocalizations of both their own and the other species. Sophie Bushwick reports

February 25, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick
Dark Living Led to Mighty Mouse Hearing

Dark Living Led to Mighty Mouse Hearing

Mice kept in total darkness for a week saw their hearing improve. Well, they heard their hearing improve. Sophie Bushwick reports

 

February 5, 2014 — Sophie Bushwick
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine