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The Old Man and the Game of Trust

Let us play a game, you and I. I will give you some money – here, have this note. Of course it’s not a joke. You can take that 100$ bill and walk out of here. No one’ll say a thing. Or come after you. Or you could do something nice. You see young Joe […]
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'Netting' bacteria with DNA: strategies of a social amoeba

Life has survived for more than three billion years because it is robust, and almost no mutations can easily outwit the defense mechanisms built up through eons of exposure to potential pathogens. –Lawrence M. Krauss Every second, every minute of your…
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Ancient DNA: A story writ in genes

The Dinosaur Debacle Picture a day millions of years past, in a land as yet untouched by the vagaries of man. Dense forests stretch in every direction from where you stand, and the air you breathe is hot and humid. Now watch, as a magnificent beast,…
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Thank you for your support and Happy New Year !

Hi everyone!   I started this blog with the aim of bringing to your notice some of the most exciting scientific studies being performed around the world today. Science is a public endeavor, meant for the common good, and hence hiding it behind a wall of…
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These are the oldest #stars in our galaxy #space

The Universe sprang into being about 13.8 billion years ago, expanding exponentially from a point of infinite density and infinite temperature. Such a point is called a singularity, and this event is popularly known as the ‘Big Bang’. Before this point,…
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Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to be important for the sensing of pleasure or reward in the brain. A recent study from researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, attempted to test once and for all whether or not activating dopamine-producing neurons is sufficient for a progression to addiction. 

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Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to be important for the sensing of pleasure or reward in the brain. A recent study from researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, attempted to test once and for all whether or not activating dopamine-producing neurons is sufficient for a progression to addiction.

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Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to be important for the sensing of pleasure or reward in the brain. A recent study from researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, attempted to test once and for all whether or not activating dopamine-producing neurons is sufficient for a progression to addiction. 

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Freud, Cocaine and the Dopamine Hypothesis of Addiction

Sigmund Freud, the venerable father of psychoanalysis, had a lesser known distinction up his sleeve. He produced one of the first comprehensive scientific analyses of the drug Cocaine, published in 1884 under the title ‘Über Coca’. In this remarkable…
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