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Content: Volume 5, Issue 3

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AutonoMouse: A platform for automating mouse behavioral studies

Behavioral studies are a crucial tool in understanding brain function, allowing experimenters to link the architecture and activity patterns of neural circuits to perception. In the most popular mammalian experimental model - the mouse - a wide array of behavioral techniques have been developed over... click to read more

  • Andrew Erskine | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Francis Crick Institute, Neurophysiology of behavior laboratory, London, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 30, 2019
How to survive a viral apocalypse: a rabbit’s tale

In 1859, an English settler named Thomas Austin decided to import 24 rabbits from England to Australia so he could hunt on his property. He could have not been more successful, and by 1910, hundreds of millions of rabbits covered the entire continent. Thomas' success,... click to read more

  • Joel M. Alves | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 27, 2019
Could new synapses lift spirits?

In her memoir The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, author Mary Cregan reflects on a conversation with a psychiatrist, hours after an attempt on her own life: "Thinking of myself in this interview brings to mind an image: a miner, at the... click to read more

  • Puja Parekh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Mitchell Murdock | PhD student at Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY, USA
  • Conor Liston | Professor at Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 25, 2019
Reinventing a bacterial biopesticide: an old microbe with a fresh new look

In the 1980s it was discovered that some relatives of the bacterium Burkholderia cepacia (formerly Pseudomonas cepacia) were able to form close relationships with plant roots, and also make a range of antimicrobials capable of killing plant pathogens. Several US pesticide companies exploited this bacterium... click to read more

  • Alex J. Mullins | PhD student at Microbiomes, Microbes and Informatics Group, Organisms and Environment Division, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 24, 2019
Cascading effects of a marine heatwave impact dolphin survival and reproduction

Extreme weather events such as droughts, heavy rainfalls or extreme temperature fluctuations are occurring more frequently around the globe associated with global climate change. In early 2011, the western Australian coastline was hit by an unprecedented marine heatwave, which turned the coastal waters into a... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2019