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Toxoplasma parasite causes a distinctive lesion in the retina

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One-third of the world population is infected with Toxoplasma, which causes a common eye infection called ocular toxoplasmosis. Researchers have shed new light on how an infection with the...

New strategy to enhance interactions between humans and robotic swarms

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Researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Russia have recently introduced a new strategy to enhance interactions between humans and robotic swarms, called SwarmTouch. ...

Zero-energy – researchers invent low-cost alternative to Bitcoin

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The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is limited by its astronomical electricity consumption and outsized carbon footprint. A nearly zero-energy alternative sounds too good to be true, but as School of...

Olfactory importance of the smell of a newborn baby’s head and mother-child bonding

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A team led by Kobe University Professor Mamiko Ozaki (Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science) has become the first to identify the chemical makeup of the odors produced by newborn babies’...

Musical preference may reveal a lot about your personality traits and political orientation

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You are what you listen to. That is the conclusion of a new study conducted by Adrian North and his team from Curtin University. Recently published in Psychology of Music, North...

Telomere shortening is associated with gray matter reduction

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Telomeres are protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that become shorter with each cell division. If they become so short that the genes they protect could be...

Why do the elderly seem more opposed to new popular music?

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When I was a teenager, my dad wasn’t terribly interested in the music I liked. To him, it just sounded like “a lot of noise,” while he regularly...

New imaging technique allows to view synaptic proteins at high resolution

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Our brains contain millions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these synapses are hundreds of different proteins, and dysfunction of these...

Washing machines are a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens

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For the first time ever, investigators have identified a washing machine as a reservoir of multidrug-resistant pathogens. The pathogens, a single clone of Klebsiella oxytoca, were transmitted repeatedly...

People with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk...

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People with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk of developing a potentially deadly valve infection. Rutgers researchers reported that new risk factors...