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Alien plants attack using 'resource conservation' as weapon, researchers say

...now take a look at those lists with the thought in mind that we better consider adding species that are really resource efficient," Vitousek said. "And then we can hunt those down." ...

Imaging pinpoints brain regions that 'see the future'

...iences, the study sheds new light on how the human mind relies on the vivid recollection of past experiences to prepare itself for future challenges, suggesting that envisioning the future may be a critical prerequisite for many higher-level planning processes. Other study co-authors are Jason M. Watso...

Smithsonian scientists discover new marine species in eastern Pacific

...es from the Indo-Pacific to the coast of Panama is mind blowing!" said Darryl Felder from the University of Louisiana. Felder will use samples collected on this expedition as part of the crustacean Tree of Life, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, which aims to determine the relationship...

Reading hidden intentions in the human brain

... memories of past related responses, or bearing in mind the choice of responses available. To address t... subtracting two numbers and were asked to hold in mind their intention until numbers were presented on a screen, along with a choice of outcomes (one of wh...

Trusting your instincts leads you to the right answer

..." The study shows an instance when our rational mind is more likely to perform worse than our subconscious ?but the conscious mind still tends to veto the subconscious. Ten participants were asked to locate the only back to front...

Bats prey on nocturnally migrating songbirds

...ive ecology. For now, Eurasian songbirds should mind not only the Mediterranean Sea and the immensity of the Saharan desert, with their harsh winds and storms, when engaging into their transcontinental journeys at night; the forces of a skilled, almost silent nocturnal hunter patrolling the infinite da...

Racing neurons control whether we stop or go

... neurophysiology—making the connection between the mind and the brain. "For years, one group of researchers was looking at what neurons are doing, and a different group of researchers was looking at what people are doing," Palmeri, associate professor of psychology, said. "Now there is a point of conta...

QUT scientists on the way to sifting out a cure for HIV

...s, resulting in wasted membranes. "With this in mind we have introduced radical changes to the membrane texture because it is the membrane texture which is crucial to the separation efficiency of the material," he said. "It is scientifically known that a mesh structure is the most efficient form of ...

Custom-made cancer cell attacks

...goals technically,'' he said. ''The question in my mind is whether investors are ready to put up the money required to make it happen.''...

Cellulosic ethanol: Fuel of the future?

...goals technically,'' he said. ''The question in my mind is whether investors are ready to put up the money required to make it happen.''...

Stem cell transplants explored at Stanford as a possible treatment for hearing loss

...to cure deafness has been at the back of Heller's mind since he began researching the inner ear 12 years ago, and it has become more plausible as a result of his lab's successes in the field of stem cell research during the past seven years. Heller gained international attention in 2003 for identify...

Conceptualizing a cyborg

...prosthetic device or a disabled body function, the mind could regain control," says Smith. To create the interface, the team used a newly developed process of stretch growth of nerve fibers called axons, previously pioneered in Smith's lab. Two adjacent plates of neurons are grown in a bioreactor. Axo...

Boosting brain power -- with chocolate

Eating chocolate could help to sharpen up the mind and give a short-term boost to cognitive skills, a University of Nottingham expert has found. A study led by Professor Ian Macdonald found that consumption of a cocoa drink rich in flavanols ?a key ingredient of dark chocolate ?boosts blood flow to ...

Music genes and musical geniuses

...o understand many things about the workings of the mind ?adds Maria Majno, Executive Director of the Fondazione Pierfranco e Luisa Mariani. For example, it opens the way to research certain pathologic conditions or track and even modify children’s cognitive development. Also, it leads to imagining possibl...

With fruit fly sex, researchers find mind-body connection

...versity biologists, debunks the notion that sexual mind and sexual body are built by separate sets of genes. Rather, researchers found, doublesex acts in concert with the gene "fruitless" to establish the wing-shaking come-ons and flirtatious flights that mark male and female fly courtship. Results are...

Reading Shakespeare has dramatic effect on human brain

...e because it offers permanent scripts of the human mind working moment-to-moment. It is good for literature as it illustrates primary human thinking. Through the two disciplines, we may discover new insights into the very motions of the mind." ...

On the golf tee or pitcher's mound, brain dooms motion to inconsistency

...lities, but they don't change the variable way the mind plans motion. An analogy might be to doing math problems. Someone who has studied will find it easier to solve a new problem than someone who has not prepared. Given the endemic nature of movement variability, the research doesn't point to any defi...

New evidence of early horse domestication

...k from spring through fall. "No one in their right mind would try to milk a wild mare," said Olsen. There is also evidence that the Botai were carrying a lot of heavy material, like rocks and large skulls, over long distances. That is a lot more practical and explicable if they used pack horses. Later...

Beauty and the brain

...ind." "What you like is a function of what your mind has been trained on," Winkielman said. "A stimulus...n arbitrary pattern likeable just by preparing the mind to recognize it quickly." The research follows up on earlier studies establishing that prototypic...

Tamed 11,400 years ago, figs were likely first domesticated crop

...ears ago, there was a critical switch in the human mind -- from exploiting the earth as it is to actively changing the environment to suit our needs," says Bar-Yosef, professor of anthropology in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and curator of Paleolithic archaeology at Harvard's Peabody Museum of A...

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