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Biology

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Dispelling a Popular Brain Myth

December 1, 2017

Roger Sperry, together with his student Michael Gazzaniga, participated in pioneering experiments, which won Sperry the Nobel Prize in 1981, and helped make Michael Gazzaniga the father of cognitive neuroscience. But their experiments also seeded one of the biggest brain myths out there: That “left-brained people are logical and “right-brained” people are creative. […]

Biology

Biological Warfare: Using Germs as Weapons

December 1, 2017

“Fighting in a battle, he should not kill his enemies with weapons that are concealed, barbed, or smeared with poison.” So say the Laws of Manu, an ancient Brahmin text on moral conduct. […]

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Biology

Motion Perception—How We Perceive Motion In Our World

April 25, 2017

Have you ever wondered how your visual system parses and interprets complex motion information. Let’s start by considering 3 different situations that produce 3 different inputs on the retina; that is, onto the back of the eye. […]

Biology

Our Electric Mind: The Neuron Doctrine

February 23, 2017

How do neurons communicate with each other? If there is a gap between them, how is communication possible? Understanding this phenomena took a giant step forward with the discovery that axons actually generate electricity. […]

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Biology

The Balance between Predators and Prey

February 12, 2017

The life-and-death balancing act between predator and prey is complicated and fascinating. Read about two classic experiments investigating this relationship that were conducted by ecologist Josh Van […]

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Biology

How Do Your Eyes Work?

December 15, 2016

by Professor Anthony A. Goodman M.D., Montana State University The human eye is a spectacularly complex organ that is fascinating to behold. Take a closer look at the […]