The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Is Having a Big Sale on Gaming Accessories

HyperX Cloud Stinger Wired Headset for $35 ($15 off): One of our favorite affordable picks, the Cloud Stinger is a great choice for desktop PCs, especially if you're playing a lot of team games and need a mic and headset but don't want to break the bank.

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

In a time when a lot of people are dealing with more distractions during the work day, the first question should be, Does this even need to be a meeting?.If you don’t have a dedicated desk and office chair, it’s time.

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

A Unique Alliance Could Help Warn Us of Toxic Algae

“The public didn’t know what the heck was going on,” says Vera Trainer, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who studies harmful algal blooms in the Pacific Northwest.Since then, toxic algal blooms that create domoic acid have continued to force the closure of state beaches.

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s fantasy novel The Witches begins with a simple declaration: “This is not a fairy tale.” Witches, the unnamed boy narrator claims, are real.

Discovered: The World’s Highest-Dwelling Mammal

Discovered: The World’s Highest-Dwelling Mammal

© Marcial Quiroga-Carmona A scientific expedition to survey high-altitude wildlife in northern Chile documented the world’s highest dwelling mammal, the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse ( Phyllotis xanthopygus ) .

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

But gamers, willing to spend money on peripherals they feel will improve their performance, were buying things like mechanical keyboards and gaming mice .

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

In a National Geographic podcast, wildlife photographer Tom Peschak describes what he encountered on Marion Island, breeding habitat for 28 bird species including light-mantled, wandering, grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses:.

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

Fu and her colleague and spouse Louis Ptáček, both at the University of California, San Francisco, had just identified a gene mutation that significantly decreased how many hours someone needs to sleep .

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News.Hurricanes are fueling a rise in aggressive spiders, the end of the banana could be near, and Bugatti has released a $9 million car.Colonies of aggressive, social spiders boom after a hurricane.

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

"After about 48 hours of that madness, I was like, I'm done, " says state herpetologist John D. "All forms of life deserve respect and the right to live," Wallach says.

Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories

Scientists Find a Volume Knob for Emotional Memories

Though the experiments were conducted in mice, and are just a proof of concept, Ramirez says understanding how these regions of the brain play a role in enhancing positive memories or suppressing negative ones could unlock targets for treating psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.Scientists identified neurons in a mouse's hippocampus, shown in green, that were involved in encoding a fear memory.

Our 12 Favorite Deals on Beats, Razer, iPhone SE, and More

Our 12 Favorite Deals on Beats, Razer, iPhone SE, and More

Our 12 Favorite Deals on Beats, Razer, iPhone SE, and More. We also found great deals on our favorite Beats headphones, a free Google Home Mini, and more. Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more?

Lasers Highlight Ketamine's Depression-Fighting Secrets

Lasers Highlight Ketamine's Depression-Fighting Secrets

And mice don’t have anywhere near our behavioral complexity.“It's important to recognize here the mouse doesn't really have depression per se,” says Yale psychiatrist Alex Kwan, who has studied the effects of ketamine on mouse brains.

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

How Doug Engelbart Pulled off the Mother of All Demos

It got him and his group off the ground.Engelbart: I got the money to do a research project on trying to test the different kind of display selection devices and that’s when I came up with the idea of mouse.Bill English: (chief engineer at SRI) That happened in ’63.

Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

Meaning, your late car payment ain’t got nothing on spending your entire life in an intestine.Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found that one nematode worm, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, appears to boost its odds of survival by dosing its rodent hosts with endocannabinoids, molecules that are known to reduce inflammation.

Meet the Rosehip Cell, a New Kind of Human Neuron

Meet the Rosehip Cell, a New Kind of Human Neuron

Sequencing technologies, for one, can reveal how cells with the same exact DNA turn their genes on or off in unique ways—and these methods are beginning to reveal that the brain is a more diverse forest of bristling nodes and branching energies than even Ramón y Cajal could have imagined.On Monday, an international team of researchers introduced the world to a new kind of neuron, which, at this point, is believed to exist only in the human brain.