New neurons archive old memories

Medicine
The ability to obtain new memories in adulthood may depend on neurogenesis — the generation of new neurons in the hippocampus — to clear out old memories that have been safely stored in the cortex, according to research in male rats published in JNeurosci. Previous research suggests ...

Spanish researchers cure type 2 diabetes and obesity in mice ...

Medicine
A research team from the UAB led by Professor Fatima Bosch has managed to cure obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice using gene therapy. A single administration of an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) carrying the FGF21 (Fibroblast Growth Factor 21) gene, resulted in genetic manipulation of ...

It’s official — spending time outside is good for you

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Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm ...

The scent of a man: What odors do female blackbuck ...

Biology
At Tal Chhapar, a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Thar desert, a strange drama is staged twice every year. In the blistering heat of summer from March to April and the post-monsoon months of September and October, up to a hundred blackbuck males stake out ...

A new link between cancer and aging

Medicine
Scientists at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have found that human lung cancer cells resist dying by controlling parts of the aging process, in results published online May 10th in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The discovery could help us better understand ...

Why popcorn tastes better when you eat it with chopsticks

Antropology
COLUMBUS, Ohio – If you are not enjoying your favorite things as much as you used to, new research suggests a way to break through the boredom: Try the same old things in new ways. Researchers found that people found new enjoyment in popcorn, videos – even ...

Scientists developing guidebook for finding life beyond earth

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (http://www.ucr.edu) — If you’re looking for a manual on the hunt for alien life, you’re in luck. Some of the leading experts in the field, including a UC Riverside team of researchers, have written a major series of review papers on the past, present, and ...

New tool using Facebook data shows worldwide gender gap

Informatics
This tool produces a metric, called the Facebook Gender Divide, based on the aggregate statistics of almost 1,5 billion users from 217 countries. The research team validated their measurements against survey data and showed a strong relationship between the Facebook Gender Divide and standard measurements of social ...
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  • Are we doomed to repeat prehistoric vegetation loss? September 8, 2018
    Unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the current warming from climate change may drive a dramatic shift in vegetation within the next 100-150 years, according to new research. The change could match the one seen as the last ice age came to an end and the planet warmed, researchers say. “We found that ecosystems all […]
  • Reserve half of Earth for wildlife? Not so fast September 7, 2018
    While some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species, new research indicates that quality, not just quantity, is vital for effective conservation efforts. “There’s a lot of discussion about protecting ‘Half Earth’ as a minimum to protect biodiversity. The challenge is, which half do we […]