When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye – The Darkest Material Ever Made – Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

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Today's Science

March 18 - 2016

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"For Torajans, the death of the body isn’t the abrupt, final, severing event of the West. "

Amanda Bennett in National Geographic on:

When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye

In a remote corner of Indonesia, the departed—and their corpses—remain a part of the family.

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"The researchers analyzed DNA taken from 1523 people spread across the globe, looking for traces of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA sequences. What they found was that different populations of people had distinct, different collections of DNA from Neanderthals."

Annalee Newitz in arstechnica on:

Two new studies undermine “over-simplistic models of human evolution”

The relationship between early human groups was incredibly complicated.

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"Degner offered lab females a second chance to mate, but with a collaborating lab’s genetically engineered males that produce fluorescent red sperm."

Susan Milius in ScienceNews on:

Efforts to control mosquitoes take on new urgency

The major mosquito spreading Zika virus has quirks that make it one of the toughest to fight

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"One of the major questions is understanding which of the brain’s complex components is necessary to sufficiently mimic the human brain and which ones we could do without."

Jenny Chen in Aeon on:

How mini-brains can help to avoid neurodegenerative disease

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'“The material is astonishing, so deeply black that your eyes can’t really see it at all,”'

Claire Landsbaum in Science of Us on:

The Science of Vantablack, the Darkest Material Ever Made

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'“The big message is that there is a way to strengthen these memory cells [..]”'

Lindsay Kalter in Boston Herald on:

Alzheimer’s discovery made by MIT student

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"The delays prevent scientists from showing off their most recent work to prospective employers or benefactors. They have also, some researchers say, begun to look faintly absurd against the general expectations for speed and openness in the not-so-new digital age."

Amy Harmon in The New York Times on:

Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

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"Examining the activity of over 300 neurons in two birds, Nieder’s team found that the crow’s NCL activity matched that of a primate’s prefrontal cortex: Both of the species’ neurons activated the most during the presentation of the rule cue, while activating much less in response to the images themselves."

Grigori Guitchounts in Nautilus on:

Why Neuroscientists Need to Study the Crow

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