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Best Illusion of the Year Announced by Neural Correlate Society

January 1, 2021

A nonprofit organization’s Best Illusion of the Year Contest has a winner for 2020, “Science Alert” reported. The award went to a 3D staircase which, when rotated, can appear to be going up or down in either direction. Perception illusions happen when our brains deceive us. […]

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100-Million-Year-Old Flower Preserved in Amber Is New Species

December 31, 2020

A newly discovered flower species dates back 100 million years, Oregon State University reported. The new species has been preserved in amber all these years and was identified by Oregon State University researchers. The mid-Cretaceous was a big time for floral spread. […]

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Dogs’ Understanding of Human Words Likely Limited

December 19, 2020

Dogs may not understand us as well as we’d like to think they do, “Science Alert” reported. Brain scans of canines showed they reacted similarly to known commands and similar-sounding substitute words. However, verbal cues still work to train dogs. […]

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Average Human Body Temperature Lowering, No Single Cause Known

December 4, 2020

Human bodies are increasingly falling short of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, “Science Alert” reported. While previously believed to be confined to the US and UK, the phenomenon was recently found in a remote Bolivian tribe as well. In animals, homeostasis regulates body temperature. […]

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New AI That Predicts Shape of Proteins Could Solve 50-Year Problem

December 3, 2020

A London lab has programmed an artificial intelligence to predict protein shapes, “The New York Times” reported. The program, called AlphaFold, can look at a string of amino acids and accurately predict which 3D shape they will form when they become a protein. Why does protein folding matter? […]

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