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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having ‘Sexual Interactions’ With Deer

Enlarge this image An adolescent female Japanese macaque on the back of a male sika deer. Researchers have looked into some macaques’ attraction to the deer. Courtesy of Noëlle Gunst hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Noëlle Gunst Adolescent female monkeys in Japan have repeatedly engaged in sexual behaviors with sika deer, for reasons that are not yet clear, according to researchers who study macaque behavior. The study, published in the peer-reviewed Archives of Sexual Behavior, follows up on a single report from earlier this year of a male macaque…

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How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them. … Read the referenced┬ástory here: How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments

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Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

France’s President Emmanuel Macron meets with former U.N. Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan (left) and Ban Ki-moon (right) at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Michel Euler/AP hide caption toggle caption Michel Euler/AP French President Emmanuel Macron, in a not-so-subtle jab at President Trump, has awarded long-term research grants to 18 climate scientists — 13 of them U.S.-based researchers — to relocate to France and pursue their work with the blessing of a government that doesn’t cast doubt on the threat of climate change. The announcement Monday makes good on a…

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Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing ‘Salt And Vinegar’ Chip Flavor

Enlarge this image Ben Anderson collects grass samples in Western Australia. Spinifex tastes to some like salt and vinegar chips — but it’s so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful. Courtesy of Matt Barrett hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Matt Barrett If I spot a blade of interesting-looking grass, my first inclination isn’t to wonder what it tastes like. But a group of researchers in Australia recently stumbled upon two new species of grass with a peculiar flavor that some liken to a favorite…

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Can Celebrity Scientists Change The Way People Think About Science And Religion?

Enlarge this image kavunchik/Getty Images/iStockphoto Stephen Jay Gould famously described the relationship between science and religion as one of “non-overlapping magisteria,” with science restricted to facts and theories about the empirical universe, and religion to questions of moral meaning and value. This is one way to understand the relationship between science and religion: two compartments with a solid wall between them, fixed and non-porous. But it’s by no means the only, or even the most popular, approach. A common alternative is to regard science and religion as partners in a…

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Scientists discover an unexpected influence on dividing stem cells' fate

Science When it divides, a stem cell has a choice: produce more stem cells or turn into the specific types of cells that compose skin, muscle, brain, or other tissue. New experiments in skin show this decision can be altered if tiny organs within cells aren’t positioned and divvied up properly. Scientists discover an unexpected influence on dividing stem cells’ fate

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