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Scientists Reveal the Identity of "Hearing" Protein

News   Aug 22, 2018 | Original story by Harvard Medical School

The Hearing Molecule

The snail-shell-shaped part of the inner ear that houses hair cells. Credit: Holt lab/Harvard Medical School



An Investigation of "13 Reasons Why" and Young Adult Suicide Risk


One of the most heavily watched and debated fictional portrayals of suicide in recent years was the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why,". Given the series' popularity and its potentially harmful effects, researchers conducted a study to more fully understand the effects of the show through a survey of U.S. young adults before and after the release of its second season.


Insomniacs Are Haunted by the Past


Cringe-worthy mistakes and embarrassing blunders made today won’t seem so bad tomorrow. That is, unless you’re an insomniac, new research shows. The scientists asked participants to relive their most shameful experiences while making MRI scans of their brain activity. While good sleepers literally settled those experiences as neutralized memories, people with insomnia were not able to do so.


Smelling With Your Tongue


Scientists report that functional olfactory receptors, the sensors that detect odors in the nose, are also present in human taste cells found on the tongue. The findings suggest that interactions between the senses of smell and taste, the primary components of food flavor, may begin on the tongue and not in the brain, as previously thought.



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