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Learning about mental illness, from flies.

Learning about mental illness, from flies.

In a small, cramped laboratory crowded with incubators and racks of glass vials full of fruit flies, graduate students sit at benches routinely shaking flies into fresh vials, and sorting males from females under a microscope. It seems an unlikely

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Cherry blossoms to arrive early in a warmer future

Cherry blossoms to arrive early in a warmer future

For many people in Japan, the mere mention of cherry blossoms conjures happy images of school and university entrance ceremonies, and bright-eyed new recruits at company orientations. The majestic yet delicate flower explodes into blossom for a few shorts weeks

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Can you sleep at night?

Can you sleep at night?

New research may change how we use light to treat sleep disturbance and seasonal depression. Long ago, people lived according to the cycle of the sun. Ancient people woke up as the sun rose, and went to sleep as the

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Sushi gene is found

Sushi gene is found

Researchers believe genes have transferred from marine bacteria to gut microbes. In an article published in Nature on 8 April 2010, J. H. Hehemann and other researchers reported that marine bacteria which stick to seaweed have transferred their genes to

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Chicken cells determine sex by themselves

Chicken cells determine sex by themselves

Unusual embryonic development in chickens can result in strange mixed-sex birds. In vertebrates, it has been thought that the sex of somatic cells—general body cells excluding sperm and ova—is determined by sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, which are

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