The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain.
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Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
Two new papers shed light on a longstanding mystery in particle physics.
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For 15 years, there has been a mismatch in physics. A particle called the muon wasn't behaving the way theory predicted it should. A new theory and new experiment might solve this problem.
Tampa Bay’s sea grass meadows need sunlight to thrive. Algae blooms block that light and can be toxic to marine life.
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Harmful algae blooms are an increasing problem in Florida. Once nutrients are in the water to fuel them, little can be done to stop the growth, and the results can be devastating for marine life.
Even though people are ready to venture out and socialize, many are fearful. And some also remember those who lost their lives and want to be careful in their memory.
As more people become vaccinated, many of them are eager to resume their social lives. And yet, many are fearful, and some may not want to return to life as they previously experienced it.
Researchers have long been searching for a more comprehensive way to assess national progress than GDP.
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GDP only measures economic growth – not inequality, poverty or unpaid work like elder care. So researchers in the Netherlands developed a new way for governments to see how people are actually doing.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on his last official engagement in 2017.
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Born into post-World War I European royalty, the Duke of Edinburgh came to represent the archetypal English aristocrat. Along with those 'gaffes'.
Beware of zombie companies.
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Plus a new technique to protect birds from predators – using fake smells. Listen to episode 10 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Some children with autism have learned to express themselves emotionally through music.
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Some children with autism struggle to express how they feel, but research shows music can help them develop better emotional skills.
View of the Friendship 9 students who protested against racial discrimination and were put in prison, Rock Hill, South Carolina, February 1961.
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A long-lost letter from prison by a civil rights activist provides a window on the pivotal role protesters in South Carolina played in fighting segregation.
A COVID-19 patient in an ICU unit in a hospital in Capetown, South Africa, in December 2020. A variant emerged in South Africa that has since spread to other parts of the world. Other new variants could emerge elsewhere.
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As the US vaccinates millions more people each day, the novel coronavirus works to survive. It does this by mutating. So far, several variants are worrisome. A virologist explains what they are.
In an ongoing study, most of those interviewed seemed to recognize that they were happier in their 30s than they were in their 20s.
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A developmental psychologist explains how a period of life that's often hectic and stressful can also end up being quite rewarding.
Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India.
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Kumbh Mela, a Hindu pilgrimage that started earlier this month in India, has survived wars and famine since its origin. But the biggest threat has been the spread of illness – back then as now.
Finding the best tour from A through B, C and D and back to A might not be that hard, but adding a few more destinations could give you a headache.
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The traveling salesperson problem is so difficult that practical solutions can never be perfect – only good enough. The challenge is coming up with the best approximations.
A volunteer plays with a rescued dog at the San Diego Humane Society on April 21, 2020.
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The demand was there.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces an investigation over an alleged pattern of sexually harassing and intimidating women employees.
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Men accused of sexual harassment, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, often refer to their accomplishments in their responses. Their power is their defense, and it blinds them to their victims' suffering.
A Target in Sheridan, Colorado, was very low on paper towels in November 2020.
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Modern supply chains have become very efficient, but that means disruptions of any kind can lead to delays and shortages.
White evangelicals continued to back Trump in 2020 in significant numbers.
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Trump saw a decline in support among atheists, agnostics and voters not affiliated with any religion in the 2020 election.
Research shows small acts of kindness can make a big difference in classrooms.
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'Behavior vaccines' – practices meant to improve safety and well-being – have been around for years. An educational psychologist says they are particularly important for schools to adopt now.
One billboard outside Bloomington, Minnesota: A sign warns voters about a recent federal court ruling about absentee ballot deadlines.
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The fight over absentee ballot deadlines in the November 2020 election was bitter and prolonged. Now, an election law scholar looks at how those ballots affected the presidential race.
Schools that build trust with their communities can reduce fears surrounding reopening.
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With distrust for school officials prevalent during the pandemic, an educational historian calls attention to the need for officials to have more positive relations with educators and parents.