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A slow burning natural disaster

Sometime in the next several days, monsoon rains will begin to sweep across India and gradually move northward, offering drenching relief to thousands caught in this year's relentless heat wave. Andhra Pradesh, ...

Jun 04, 2015
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Deciphering dark and bright

The human sensory systems contend with enormous diversity in the natural world. But it has been known for a long time the brain is adapted to exploit statistical regularities that nonetheless arise amongst this diversity. ...

May 28, 2015
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How sleep helps us learn and memorize

Sleep is important for long lasting memories, particularly during this exam season. Research publishing in PLOS Computational Biology suggests that sleeping triggers the synapses in our brain to both streng ...

May 28, 2015
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Can we cure Huntington's disease?

I didn't cry until page 123 of Lisa Genova's terrific new novel Inside the O'Briens. That's when 44-year-old Boston police officer Joe O'Brien tells his four young adult offspring that his "weird temper"; ...

May 28, 2015
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Juice is not equal to fruit

Word emerged last week that Health Canada was reconsidering whether it should continue to view a serving of juice (125 ml) as being equivalent to a half cup of fresh/frozen fruit. I think this would be a wo ...

May 26, 2015
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