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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week, September 21, 2018

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10 news stories from across the world of science guaranteed to make you sound more interesting

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What Colour is This Shoe?

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back on social media, a new controversy has erupted. The question dividing opinions across the internet is now, "Do you see a pink shoe with white laces, or a grey shoe with blue laces?"

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The Brain Bounces Back: Activity enables mice to overcome brain damage

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Scientists removed an area of the somatosensory cortex in mice and found the animals could recover their behavioral deficit within two days.

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Gambling Monkeys Illuminate Risk-Taking Brain Area

Gambling Monkeys Illuminate Risk-Taking Brain Area

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Monkeys who learned how to gamble have helped researchers pinpoint an area of the brain key to one's willingness to make risky decisions.

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Neurons Can Count
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Researchers demonstrate that some brain cells fire mainly for quantities of three, others for quantities of four and others for other quantities.

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Party 'Pus: Ecstasy Makes Octopuses More Social
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When people take MDMA, the drug popularly known as ecstasy, a rush of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin makes people more interested than they would normally be in connecting and sharing with other people. Now, researchers have made the surprising discovery that a species of octopus considered to be asocial responds to MDMA in the same way.

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Drug Addict-like Withdrawal From Quitting Junk Food
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If you plan to try and quit junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms like addicts experience when they attempt to quit using drugs.

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How Can We Make Behavioral Science More Reproducible?

How Can We Make Behavioral Science More Reproducible?

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A scientist explains how, by making 'stock' behavioral tasks more accurate, we can improve reproducibility.

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Three Ways to Turn Life Science Suppliers into Partners
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A growing number of life science businesses are turning to greater supply chain collaboration for benefits like accelerated time to market, improved quality, reduced risk and more rapid and widespread innovation. But while 68% of executives in this industry say active and meaningful engagement with suppliers is essential to success, far too many, over a third, struggle to implement it.

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What is Your First memory – and Did it Ever Really Happen?
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A recent study asked 6,000 people of all ages what their first memory is. Despite a large proportion of respondents claiming memories from before the age of 3, research says these are highly improbable.

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Scientist Explains How They Un-picked Pick’s Disease
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Scientists use Cryo-EM to solve the structure of the frontotemporal dementia-causing tau protein tangles.

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