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Did Early Humans Smell the World Like Denisovans and Neanderthals?

Analysis of genome sequences from Neanderthals, Denisovans and ancient humans has enabled researchers to compare how each group could perceive and interact with the olfactory environment.
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Milk's Flavor Is Influenced by Its Packaging

New research demonstrates that paperboard cartons—which are widely used in school meal programs—do not preserve milk freshness as well as other containers.

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How Events Act as Stepping Stones When We Retrieve Memories

According to research, humans use event boundaries as “stepping stones” to scan their memories when attempting to recall certain facts or bits of information.
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Running To “Escape” Stress? It Could Lead to Dependence

A new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) explored whether “escapism” can help us to understand running motivation and exercise dependence.
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Amino Acid Supplements Ease Nerve Damage in Diabetic Mice

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that altered serine metabolism in diabetic patients can lead to nerve damage but supplementation can reduce the symptoms.
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The Developing Fly Brain Prunes Neurons By Tearing Them in Half

New research has illustrated how sensory nerve cells in developing fruit flies are pruned by mechanical tearing.
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Protein Discovery Could Lead to Alternative Alzheimer's Therapies

Researchers have found evidence of an alternative binding site on amyloid-beta aggregates, which could lead to the development of new therapies for Alzheimer’s and other diseases associated with amyloid deposits.
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Chronic Stress Produces Behavioral Change by Stimulating a Newly Identifed Neuron Population

It’s clear that chronic stress can impact our behavior, leading to problems like depression, reduced interest in things that previously brought us pleasure, even PTSD. Now scientists have evidence that a group of neurons in a bow-shaped portion of the brain become hyperactive after chronic exposure to stress.
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The Neurons That Learn The Smell of Threats

Researchers have identified a specific set of neurons in the accessory olfactory system of mice that can learn the scent of another mouse that is a potential threat.
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Brain Chemical Restores Myelin in Mouse Model of MS

A researcher is one step closer to demonstrating the potential of a brain molecule called fractalkine to halt and even reverse the effects of multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases.