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A mind of their own: the fungi that make insects do their bidding

An ant scuttles through the rainforest. Seemingly brainwashed, the ant is on a mission to ascend the nearest plant and clamp down hard on a leaf. Here the ant will remain for a few days until it dies, in what biologists call a “death grip”. You might think this seems like a weird thing for […]

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Will male contraception be derived from Cupid’s arrow?

Heterosexual men, are you struggling with what to buy your female partner this Valentine’s Day? Look no further. Simply get your lover the latest issue of their favourite scientific publication, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. They will be thrilled to read that a potential male contraceptive is on on the horizon, based on a recent […]

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How different genres of music shape the brain

Playing music requires the brain to manage a complex set of inputs and outputs. The brain must translate visual musical symbols into complex motor commands whilst simultaneously monitoring the resulting auditory information­­­­­. Whilst the cognitive differences between musicians and non-musicians are well characterised, less is known about differences between musicians. Recent research from the Max […]