Scicurious

A peek behind the science curtain

  1. sleepy mouse
    Neuroscience

    To beat sleepiness of anxiety drugs, team looks to body’s clock

    Studying basic functions, such as the body’s clock, has inadvertently led to a compound that relieves anxiety in mice.

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  2. rat in a tube
    Animals

    The scent of a worry

    The smell of fear makes other rats stressed. Now, scientists have isolated the Eau de Terror that lets rats communicate their concerns.

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  3. newspapers with health headlines
    Science & Society

    This study of hype in press releases will change journalism

    A survey of press releases and their related scientific studies shows that hype may creep from press releases to news coverage. But this doesn’t give anyone at any stage of the news cycle a pass.

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  4. bat with white-nose syndrome
    Animals

    ‘Tis the season for white-nose syndrome in bats

    While bats are active, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome stays put in the caves the bats call home in winter. New findings show how the fungus varies through the seasons.

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  5. Superstorm Sandy
    Science & Society

    Compassionate colleagues can help labs restart after disaster

    Scientists plan for many things, but often not for disaster. Two scientists share their story of recovery after Superstorm Sandy.

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  6. mice in social defeat test
    Neuroscience

    The molecular path of best resilience

    Many studies focus on susceptibility to stress and how it triggers depression. But a new study highlights a protein important in resilience, showing that resisting stress takes work, too.

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  7. mouse standing on cheese
    Health & Medicine

    Add high-fat diet to the ‘don’t’ list for pregnant moms

    There’s always controversy over what to eat while pregnant. Four animal studies at this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting bring together negative effects of high-fat diets.

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  8. dog scratching
    Neuroscience

    Serotonin lies at the intersection of pain and itch

    Serotonin may help relieve pain, but it also causes itch. A study shows why scratching just makes it worse.

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  9. zebra finches
    Neuroscience

    For a friendlier zebra finch, just add stress

    Adding stress hormones to the diet of developing zebra finches produced birds that were social butterflies.

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  10. illustration of DNA double helix
    Neuroscience

    Study of psychiatric disorders is difficult in man and mouse

    Studying human psychiatric disorders in animals presents a challenge. A new study highlights one of the ways scientists can study human mutations by slipping them into mice.

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  11. two mice
    Science & Society

    Is NIH policy the best way to sex equality in studies?

    A new NIH policy will require females to be studied alongside males in preclinical studies. The mandate comes with both opportunities and challenges, and little funding.

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  12. male zebra finch
    Animals

    A stressful youth makes for a devoted finch dad

    Stress is generally thought to be a bad thing. But a new study shows that under certain conditions, a stressful childhood could make a zebra finch a better father.

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