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Prions Involved in Some Alzheimer's

Prions Involved in Some Alzheimer's

A study in the journal Nature finds that prions can team up with amyloid beta, the protein that forms the big plaques in Alzheimer's, to make the condition much worse. Karen Hopkin reports

March 2, 2009

Are octopuses smart?

The mischievous mollusk that flooded a Santa Monica aquarium is not the first MENSA-worthy octopus

February 27, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

The Clear-Headed Fish

This fish might look made for science—or just plain made-up—but it's 100 percent real. First described in 1939, this "barreleye" has been somewhat of a mystery to science.

February 26, 2009
Remarkable Creatures (and Getting Them Fixed)

Remarkable Creatures (and Getting Them Fixed)

University of Wisconsin evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll talks about his new book, Remarkable Creatures, which chronicles the derring-do of some of natural history's brightest stars. And FoundAnimals.org's Katy Palfrey discusses the Michelson Prize, for the development of a nonsurgical pet-neutering technique. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include foundanimals.org; seanbcarroll.com

February 25, 2009 — Steve Mirsky

Placebo Effect: A Cure in the Mind

Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham. New research shows placebos can also benefit patients who do not have faith in them

February 25, 2009 — Maj-Britt Niemi

How to Save New Brain Cells

Fresh neurons arise in the adult brain every day. New research suggests that the cells ultimately help with learning complex tasks—and the more they are challenged, the more they flourish

February 24, 2009 — Tracey J. Shors
Thinking of Human as Machine

Thinking of Human as Machine

It will be a long time before machines can be "more human than human," as scientists are just starting to decode what happens inside our brains as we recognize a spoken word. Christie Nicholson reports.

February 24, 2009
Earths Common as Dirt

Earths Common as Dirt

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 14th, astronomer Alan Boss, author of the new book The Crowded Universe, said that we're about to find out just how many habitable planets are out there--and he thinks there are sextillions. Steve Mirsky reports

February 23, 2009
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