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New Way to Calculate “Dog Years” Raises Questions of Aging and DNA

December 14, 2019

The “epigenetic clock” may gauge life expectancy and aging in dogs, according to an article in Science. By observing chemical changes in canine DNA, scientists can estimate dogs’ relative ages to ours—and maybe even how long they have left. Genes may be part of why we don’t live forever. […]

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Benefits of Houseplants Less Than Thought, But Still Considerable

November 22, 2019

Potted plants don’t actually improve the quality of indoor air, according to a new study published in “Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology.” Keeping houseplants has long been believed to provide many benefits, but improving air quality no longer appears to be one of them. However, there are still good reasons to keep plants in the house. […]

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Brain-to-Brain Communication Prompts Questions about Mind-Reading

November 7, 2019

Scientists have used new technology for humans to communicate via thought, a study claims. The study, published in the scientific journal “Scientific Reports,” said subjects worked successfully to play a Tetris-like game between two rooms. This “Internet of Brains” raises fresh concerns about spying on thoughts. […]

University of Richmond rat driving tiny car

Rats Learn to Drive Tiny Cars, Proving Rodent Neuroplasticity

October 31, 2019

Scientists have trained rats to drive little cars to find food, The University of Richmond reported. Not only are the rats capable of operating the miniature vehicles, but they also seem to enjoy it. Rodents’ abilities to learn may be greater than previously thought. […]

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