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Automation in the Lab of the Future
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Automation in the Lab of the Future

Automation, hand-in-hand with digitalization, is one of the founding principles of the Lab of the Future. In this infographic, we explore the potential benefits and challenges of adopting automation solutions in the lab.
Behind the World-First Export of Jamaican Psilocybin Mushrooms
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Behind the World-First Export of Jamaican Psilocybin Mushrooms

Mydecine Innovations Group recently announced that it had completed the first harvest and commercial export of legal psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms from Jamaica to Canada. We spoke with Mydecine’s chief scientific officer and co-founder, Rob Roscow, to find out more.
Navigating the Brain: A Cheat Sheet
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Navigating the Brain: A Cheat Sheet

One of the first things to strike you when studying neuroanatomy is the dizzying amount of jargon. Our brain’s incredible complexity has seen generations of neuroscientists build up an exhaustive list of terminology for different brain regions and cell types. In this article, we explain the terminology used to denote directions in the nervous system.
Opinionated Science Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions
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Opinionated Science Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions

In this episode, the TN team rounds up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. Hear how elephants and naked mole rats fight cancer, how immunotherapy is getting a microbial boost from poop transplants and why researchers think our sleep patterns might be affected by the phases of the moon.
Stressed-Out Mice Pass on Depression-Like Behaviors to Their Offspring via Sperm
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Stressed-Out Mice Pass on Depression-Like Behaviors to Their Offspring via Sperm

In a finding that could reshape our understanding of how mental health disorders arise, Chinese researchers have reported that male mice showing depression-like behaviors were able to pass on those traits to their offspring, apparently through genetic material encoded in their sperm.
New Study Suggests Sleep Duration and Onset Change With Moon Phases
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New Study Suggests Sleep Duration and Onset Change With Moon Phases

New findings published in Science Advances suggest that human sleep cycles may vary in line with lunar cycles, regardless of whether individuals are in rural or urban environments.
Opinionated Science Episode 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million
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Opinionated Science Episode 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million

In this episode, we explore data integrity – a pillar of good science. We hear from our expert speakers how modern labs can improve their data and, of course, what happens when mistakes or fraud compromises data integrity.

Neurodegeneration: A Closer Look
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Neurodegeneration: A Closer Look

The burden of neurodegeneration is one that weighs heavily on the world’s aging population. To understand why conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are so difficult to treat, we must first understand how they affect the brain. In this infographic we take a deep dive into the degenerating brain, examining the changes that occur at every level.

Stimulation Technique Restores Critical Brain Function to Spinal Cord Injury Patients
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Stimulation Technique Restores Critical Brain Function to Spinal Cord Injury Patients

A targeted stimulation technique that was previously shown to restore movement to spinal cord injury (SCI) patients has now demonstrated an additional benefit – stabilising often-deadly alterations to blood pressure that occur after an SCI.
Genetic Energy Boost Reverses Cellular Effects of Motor Neuron Disease
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Genetic Energy Boost Reverses Cellular Effects of Motor Neuron Disease

A study examining the damage caused to nerve cells by motor neuron disease (MND) has shown that by targeting these cells’ energy centers, called mitochondria, neuronal function can be restored.
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