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  • March 27, 2013

    The term neuroplasticity is being thrown around more so than ever before. Popular websites such as Lumosity.com even include this term in their slogan: “Harness your brain's neuroplasticity and train your way to a brighter life”. But what is neuroplasticity?

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  • March 25, 2013

    Sniffing is a common way for animals to greet each other. Most of us have seen dogs or cats vigorously inspecting a new acquaintance by sniffing, and we assume they're simply smelling each other. But there might be more to these encounters. New research, published March 7 in Current Biology, shows that rats sniff each other to reinforce their social hierarchy and prevent aggressive behavior. »

  • March 22, 2013

    People who cheat on a loved one often try to cover their tracks to avoid discovery. It turns out this type of tactical deception isn't unique to humans. New research documents for the first time how wild gelada monkeys also actively try to conceal their infidelity from dominant males. »

  • March 15, 2013

    Biodiversity matters when it comes to susceptibility to disease. A recent study shows a richer assortment of amphibians in a pond means more protection against the spread of a parasite that causes limb deformities. The findings support the long-held theory that biodiversity in an ecosystem dampens the spread of pathogens, and may also apply to diseases that affect humans. »

  • March 13, 2013

    Monica Metzler (executive director of the Illinois Science Council) gave tips on how scientists can succeed at public outreach during the AAAS Annual Meeting. Here are 11 helpful ideas from her talk.   »