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Bungee Jumping for Science
News   Mar 01, 2019

Immediately before a person decides to launch themselves off a bridge for a bungee jump, there is a measurable increase in their brain activity. This can be recorded nearly one second before the person makes the conscious decision to jump. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have, for the first time, succeeded in measuring this ‘Bereitschaftspotential’ (readiness potential) outside a laboratory and under extreme conditions. Their findings will help advance the development of brain-computer interfaces, devices that can help quadriplegics control neuroprosthetics which allow them to regain the use of their hands. Results from this research have been published in Scientific Reports.

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Metabolite Drug Tackles Multiple Sclerosis by Altering T Cells' Epigenetic Landscape
News   Mar 01, 2019

Understanding and mitigating the role of epigenetics in disease development is a major goal of researchers. Now, a new paper adds significantly to this work by detailing how metabolites can be used to inhibit epigenetic mechanisms and effectively treat a range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

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Cell Division Machinery Does Double Duty as Builder of Neurons
News   Mar 01, 2019

Researchers at the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at University of California San Diego have identified an entirely new mechanism underlying the development and structure of the nervous system during embryogenesis.

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Not All Sleep is Equal When It Comes to Cleaning the Brain
News   Mar 01, 2019

New research shows how the depth of sleep can impact our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins. Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we become older, the study reinforces and potentially explains the links between aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Pesticide Exposure Associates With Faster ALS Progression
News   Mar 01, 2019

While exact causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remain unknown, new research shows pesticides and other environmental pollutants are elevated in ALS patients and correlate with poor survival.

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The Recipe for a Happy Marriage – Love, Happiness and… Genetics?
News   Mar 01, 2019

People fall in love for many reasons -- similar interests, physical attraction, and shared values among them. But if they marry and stay together, their long-term happiness may depend on their individual genes or those of their spouse, says a new scientific study.

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University of California Boycotts Publishing Giant Elsevier
News   Mar 01, 2019

In a bold move to push for open access to publicy-funded research, the University of California has terminated its multimillion-dollar subscriptions with Elsevier.

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The Songs of Singing Mice May Help Unlock How the Brain Processes Conversation
News   Feb 28, 2019

Researchers from New York University's School of Medicine have investigated a neotropical and extremely audible rodent called Alston’s singing mouse, finding that the mouse’s relatively unique vocalizations could prove an excellent model for studying human conversation.

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New Risk Genes for Alzheimer’s Disease
News   Feb 28, 2019

Analysis of genetic data from more than 94,000 individuals has revealed five new risk genes for Alzheimer's disease, and confirmed 20 known others.

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Structure of the Human Cannabinoid Receptor CB2 Solved
News   Feb 28, 2019

A Chinese research team joined forces with Russian and U.S. biologists to obtain the crystal structure of the human type 2 cannabinoid receptor. Their findings will help develop drugs against inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and other diseases.

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