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  • Repurposing virus proteins for a positive role in the placenta 1by Joseph Timpona We often think of viruses as foreign invaders– microscopic agents intent on making us sick before spreading to the next victim.  However, some viruses become enduring guests by hitchhiking a permanent ride in our genomes. In fact, scientists think that these special types of viruses, known as retroviruses, may have inadvertently allowed…
  • Inception Helps Mice Navigate 2by Grigori Guitchounts figures by Brian Chow For decades, we have known that specialized neurons in the hippocampus of rodents called place cells reflect the animals’ location in space. Meanwhile, studies have also implicated the hippocampus in supporting memory formation. Could there be a link between the two seemingly detached functions? Yes! says the latest…
  • As good as it gets? Peer review and its discontents LizaFigSmallIn February, the journal Nature and its sister publications announced a new policy for their peer review process (the evaluation of submitted articles by experts in the field). The journal normally operates on the basis of single-blind peer review--anonymous reviewers see the authors’ names and affiliations. The new policy will allow authors the option to…
  • To bee or not to bee: social dynamics impact productivity and stress response in honey bees BEEWatch out, honey fans – populations of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, may be in decline, and we don’t really know why. Honey bees play a vital role in natural ecosystems as pollinators; it is estimated that a single bee can visit 2000 flowers in a day . Agriculturally, bees are important for much more…
  • Dark Matter Detected, or False Alarm? Cygnus Loop Nebula. Image courtesy of Skeeze (Pixbay).Although dark matter makes up 80% of all matter in the universe, physicists are still struggling to understand exactly what it is. This perplexity is largely due to the fact that dark matter is invisible and difficult to study directly, but a dwarf galaxy named Reticulum 2 may have just changed the game. Many experts…
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