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Springer Nature Announces New Open-Access Option for Journals
News   Nov 25, 2020

The publisher Springer Nature has shared its gold open-access (OA) options for Nature journals that will be introduced from January 2021. Whilst the initiative to move towards OA is positive news for its proponents, the considerable price tag attached is a worry.

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Did Early Life Need Long, Complex Molecules To Make Cell-Like Compartments?
News   Nov 25, 2020

New research has been published that investigates protocell compartments.

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Machine Learning Leads to a Breakthrough in Study of Stellar Nurseries
News   Nov 25, 2020

Scientists in the ORION-B* program have now shown that statistics and artificial intelligence can help to break down the barriers still standing in the way of astrophysicists.

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Changes in Stomach Rhythms Turn Us Away From Disgusting Sights
News   Nov 25, 2020

Researchers show that domperidone, a commonly-prescribed anti-nausea medicine, can help significantly reduce how much volunteers look away from disgusting images.

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Portable Brain Scanner Could Be Mounted in Ambulances
News   Nov 25, 2020

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has developed a low-cost, compact, portable and low-power "head only" MRI scanner.

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Severe Infections Wreak Havoc on Mouse Blood Cell Production
News   Nov 25, 2020

Severe infections like malaria cause short and long-term damage to precursor blood cells in mice, but some damage could be reversed, find researchers.

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The Brain Rhythms Behind Prediction and Surprise
News   Nov 25, 2020

A new study finds that the interplay of different brain wave frequencies appears to govern the brain's knack for highlighting what's surprising and downplaying what's predictable.

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Flavanols in Cocoa Drink Boost Cognitive Performance, Suggests Small Study
News   Nov 25, 2020

Increased consumption of flavanols - a group of molecules which occur naturally in fruit and vegetables - can increase your mental agility, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.

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CRISPRi Screens Reveal Sources of Metabolic Robustness in E. coli
News   Nov 25, 2020

A massively parallel CRISPRi screen demonstrated that E. coli metabolism is very robust against knockdowns of enzymes, and multi-omics data revealed the mechanisms behind it. In the future, the researchers want to apply this knowledge to build better models of metabolism, which enable rational-design of industrial microbes.

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Decoding the Desert Locust Genome Could Help Combat the Notorious Pest
News   Nov 25, 2020

A study deciphering the genetic material of the desert locust could help combat the crop-ravaging behaviour of an insect pest which currently exacerbates a hunger crisis.

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