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Neurons show rhythmic activity at different frequencies in the desynchronized state

In the 17th century, the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens hung two of his recently invented pendulum clocks on a wooden beam and observed that as time passed, the clocks aligned their beats. He reported this finding, which he called an ‘odd sympathy’, in 1665. Three and a half centuries later, neurons in the brain were …

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An enzyme may be a powerful new tool for reducing nitrous oxide in the atmosphere

An enzyme that combats the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) may one day give scientists a powerful new tool for reducing the amount of the gas in the atmosphere thanks in part to new findings published today in Nature. The study details how the enzyme -; N2O reductase -; is assembled and offers key insights …

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Study analyzes spontaneous social interactions of 2 and 4-year-olds while interacting with peers

What do building pyramids, going to the moon, paddling a two-person canoe or dancing a waltz have in common? All these actions are the result of a common goal between multiple partners and lead to a mutual sense of obligation, known as “joint commitment”. This ability to cooperate is universal in humans and to certain …

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Bizarre, Tentacled ‘Flower’ Creature Glimpsed in The Depths of The Pacific

New footage showing a giant, peculiar-looking tentacled sea creature floating languidly in the depths of the Pacific Ocean has left researchers questioning if what they’re seeing is a new species. A team of scientists spotted the strange animal while on board the E/V Nautilusa research vessel used by the Ocean Exploration Trust – a nonprofit …

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UCLA scientists discover places on the moon where it’s always ‘sweater weather’

Key takeaways: inhospitable Temperatures on the moon’s surface swing wildly between boiling hot and freezing cold.​​​​​​​ Humans on the moon. To conduct long-term lunar research, bases would have to protect people and equipment from the damaging effects of the heat and cold.​​​​​​​ Living underground. UCLA researchers have discovered that lunar pits and …

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