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Collective Mind in the Mound: How Do Termites Build Their Huge Structures?

Termites move a fourth of a metric ton of dirt to build mounds that can reach 17 feet (5 meters) and higher.<p>For the past 26 years, J. Scott Turner has filled termite mounds with propane, scanned them with lasers, and stuffed them with plaster. He has fed microscopic beads to termites, given the …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch

Sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests a mood stabilizer could help restore plasticity to the brain for learning.<p>Only 1 in 10,000 people have absolute or "perfect" pitch, the ability to hear a tone and tell what note it is. This unusual ability is acquired early in life, typically …

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

How Fruit Flies Know Not To Get It On With The Wrong Species

It's all about a tender leg rub, ladies.<p>All cats are gray in the dark, as the ever-wise and ever-lecherous Ben Franklin put it. But how do you figure out if that cat is actually a dog? Scientists don't entirely understand how animals know not to get it on with another species, a evolutionarily …

New genes evolve to prevent inbred plants - Futurity

MCGILL (CAN) — Even though a group of plants lost the complex genes for self-pollen …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

Macrophages let salamanders replace limbs - Futurity

MONASH U. (AUS) — Salamanders can regrow limbs thanks to their immune systems, which could …

The Order of Operations is Wrong

Depressed people's body clocks 'out of sync' - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — A new brain study reveals that the circadian clocks of people …

'Time Crystals' Could Upend Physicists' Theory of Time

In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. …

Scientists' hope for HIV cure

Researchers are working on "novel strategies" to find a cure for HIV, with the first results expected “within months”.<p>Danish scientists are hoping for results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible”.<p>They are conducting a clinical trial to test a …

Immune System