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Unraveling Stress: Understanding the Mechanisms of Coping

Stress is one of life’s universal experiences—everyone is familiar with it, regardless of who they are, where they live, or what they do. But while stress is common, it is hardly simple. Dr. Alon Chen of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Department of Neurobiology is working to clarify the biological underpinnings of stress

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Scents&Sensibility

Scents and Sensibility

From Proust’s madeleines to the overbearing food critic in the movie Ratatouille who’s transported back to his childhood by the aroma of stew, artists have long been aware that some odors spontaneously evoke strong memories. Why do smells figure this way in the memory

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Colour it Pink

Banana yellow, lime green, plum purple: Our first association with a fruit is often its enticing color. But for plants, color is about much more than aesthetics

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p53 turns thirty

In 1979, disco was reaching its height, Egypt and Israel were negotiating a peace treaty, and cancer researchers were in the midst of the revelation that genes can promote cancer

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Capturing Cancer

Military intelligence enables us to prepare for untoward events, improving our chances of curbing them. Likewise, “medical intelligence” – the early diagnosis of diseases, including cancer – can buy information and time, crucial factors that can significantly increase chances of recovery

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Saving Up Sunshine

One of the unsolved technical challenges holding back the global use of such renewable energy resources as solar or wind is that they’re not always able to deliver power when and where it’s needed.

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Found in the Desert

Cancer begins in the genes: When certain genes become over or under active, the ensuing deregulation of cell growth, reproduction and death leads to cancer. But researchers attempting to identify specific genetic markers that signify a predisposition to cancer or hoping to find a gene-based cure have been largely disappointed

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From Ribosomes to the Nobel Prize

A bicycle accident and polar bears came together in one curious scientist’s mind, and became the catalyst for research that is changing the world

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