Does mountaintop removal also remove rattlesnakes?

Mining operations in Appalachia permanently alter habitat availability for rattlesnakes Timber rattlesnakes, according to the study’s author, are among the most docile creatures in Appalachia. They choose places to hibernate that are more likely to be surface mined due to their ridgetop locations. Mining thus put this species at a disadvantage and reduces the biodiversity … More Does mountaintop removal also remove rattlesnakes?

Brains of people with schizophrenia-related disorders aren’t all the same

New study supports the use of a data-driven approach to identify novel biomarkers A new multi-site brain imaging study shows that sub-groups of people use their brains differently when imitating emotional faces — a task that reflects their ability to interact socially. Interestingly, individuals with schizophrenia do not have categorically different social brain function than … More Brains of people with schizophrenia-related disorders aren’t all the same

Fungi cause brain infection and impair memory in mice

Researchers report that the fungus Candida albicans can cross the blood-brain barrier and trigger an inflammatory response that results in the formation of granuloma-type structures and temporary mild memory impairments in mice. Fungal infections are emerging as a major medical challenge, and a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a … More Fungi cause brain infection and impair memory in mice

What makes two species different?

The role of selfish genes in distinguishing a species For most of the 20th century, scientists believed that the reproductive incompatibility between species evolved gradually as a by-product of adapting to different environments. New research has shown there are more factors at play — specifically the presence of ‘selfish genes,’ whose flow among species may … More What makes two species different?