News tagged with biological functions

The brain as a 'task machine'

The portion of the brain responsible for visual reading doesn't require vision at all, according to a new study published online on February 17 in Current Biology. Brain imaging studies of blind people as they read words ...

dateFeb 17, 2011 in Neuroscience
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Perceptual changes - a key to our consciousness

(PhysOrg.com) -- With his coat billowing behind him and his right eye tightly closed, Captain Blackbeard watches the endless sea with his telescope. Suddenly the sea disappears as the pirate opens his right eye. The only ...

dateNov 19, 2010 in Neuroscience
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Under the hood of the ribosome

(Phys.org) —We all know—generally speaking—how a car works: The gas pedal makes it go, the break pedal makes it stop, and the steering wheel determines its course. But pop open the hood and you'll find there's a lot ...

dateMar 25, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Neuronal diversity makes a difference, study says

Much like snowflakes, no two neurons are exactly alike. But it's not the size or shape that sets one neuron apart from another, it's the way it responds to incoming stimuli. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered ...

dateAug 29, 2010 in Neuroscience
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Mastermind steroid found in plants

Scientists have known for some time how important plant steroids called brassinosteroids are for regulating plant growth and development. But until now, they did not know how extensive their reach is. Now researchers, including ...

dateNov 15, 2010 in Cell & Microbiology
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