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Fruit Flies Take Time To Think Before Making Difficult Decisions
2014-05-23 06:58:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It is common knowledge that most humans think before they act. A new study, published in the journal Science, makes the case that this cognitive ability can also be found in the fruit fly, and it seems these tiny insects take longer to make more difficult decisions, just like humans do. In the study, researchers from the University of Oxford's Centre for Circuits and Behaviour asked fruit flies to distinguish between ever closer...

Specific Brain Cells Found That Determine When Its Sleepy Time
2014-02-20 10:43:43

[ Watch the Video: What Triggers Sleepiness? ] Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Oxford University have figured out which nerve cells in the brain alert us to the fact that it is time to sleep. These nerve cells, or neurons, fire when we are tired and cool down once we are rested. The findings could help scientists develop drugs that target these regions in the brain and help treat sleep disorders such as insomnia. The study, published in the...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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