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How do optical illusions work?

“The question is whether the “illusion” part is generated in our brains or in the visual data our eyes are sending to our brains. Over the course of three experiments, the scientists say they believe the phenomenon occurs in each […]

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How early-life environment can drive long-term aging

“Early life exposure to environmental stressors, including endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), can impact health later in life. Here, the authors show that neonatal EDC exposure in rats causes epigenetic reprogramming in the liver, which is transcriptionally silent until animals are […]

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Why young blood rejuvenates old animals

Scientists have shown before that giving young blood to old animals has the, “rejuvenative effects of enhancing muscle repair, reducing liver adiposity and fibrosis, and increasing hippocampal neurogenesis.” In this UC Berkeley study, they tease apart exactly what about the […]

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Better science

“[Y]ou have probably come across claims that Science is broken in some way or another, that we live in an era of scientific stagnation, or some horror stories about researchers spending their lives applying for grants and not doing research. […]