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Clock Stars: Astrocytes Keep Time for Brain, Behavior

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Star-shaped cells called astrocytes, long considered boring, “support cells,” are finally coming into their own. To everyone’s surprise they even play an important role in the body’s master clock, which schedules everything from the release...
24-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists Get Closer Look at Living Nerve Synapses

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The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve cells that are constantly exchanging electrical and chemical signals at speeds difficult to comprehend. Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St....
23-Mar-2017 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Surprising Culprit in Nerve Cell Damage Identified

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In new research, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have implicated a specific molecule in the self-destruction of axons, the wiring of the nervous system. Understanding just how that damage occurs may help...
23-Mar-2017 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists Follow Seeds to Solve Ecological Puzzle

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A four-year study of one rare and one common lupine growing in coastal dunes showed that a native mouse steals most of the rare lupines seeds while they are still attached to the plant. The mouse is a "subsidized species," given cover for nocturnal...
21-Mar-2017 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The Fed’s Bank Bailout

For the first time, new research from Washington University in St. Louis examines data from the 2007-09 financial crisis to show how the U.S. Federal Reserve can effectively assist banks in times of financial uncertainty.
16-Mar-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Preventing Lead Spread

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While lead pipes were banned decades ago, they still supply millions of American households with water each day. A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new way to track where dangerous lead particles might be...
15-Mar-2017 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Brain Hardwired to Respond to Others’ Itching

Itching is a highly contagious behavior. When we see someone scratch, we're likely to scratch, too. Now researchers at the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch have shown that, at least in mice, contagious itching is hardwired in the...
8-Mar-2017 3:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Nature: Silk Road Evolved as ‘Grass-Routes’ Movement

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Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures,...
8-Mar-2017 1:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Our Experts on Newswise

WashU Expert: More Must Be Done to Address Opioid Crisis

21-Mar-2017 1:50 PM EDT

WashU Experts: Environmental Budget Cuts Could Be ‘Grim’

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17-Mar-2017 9:05 AM EDT

WashU Expert: Hiring Data Creates Risk of Workplace Bias

7-Mar-2017 1:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Trump and GOP Face Catch-22 Trying to Alter ACA

2-Mar-2017 2:05 PM EST

Expert on Drug Discovery Available to Speak on the WHO List of Superbugs

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1-Mar-2017 2:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Bathroom Is Source of Trauma for Transgender People

27-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST

WashU Expert: Repeal of Johnson Amendment Should Be Concern for Religious Groups

15-Feb-2017 11:05 AM EST

A Theoretical Physicist Reassures the Lovelorn

Here, in celebration of Valentine's Day, we present another of the paradoxes, sometimes called the Picky Suitor problem: Can you guess the odds that you will find your one and only among the 9 billion people on the planet?
13-Feb-2017 3:05 PM EST

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