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By Carol ClarkAfter decades of studies showing that the chances of a person having a chronic disease in later life can be determined when they are in the womb, it is time to take stronger action, say researchers from Emory University and the University of Southampton in the current issue of Nature.Rather than primarily focusing on people’s genes, or on their diets and lifestyles in adulthood, “we need a developmental approach to public health” that better supports girls and […]
Tigger, a Boston terrier that was one of 13 dogs in the study.By Carol ClarkAfter capturing the first brain images of two alert, unrestrained dogs last year, researchers at Emory University have confirmed their methods and results by replicating them in an experiment involving 13 dogs.The research, published by the Public Library of Science One (PLOS One), showed that most of the dogs had a positive response in the caudate region of the brain when given a hand signal indicating they would […]
Bluebell tunicates are bottle shaped sea squirts. Photo by Nick Hobgood/Wikipedia Commons.John Onians, a professor emeritus of art studies from the University of East Anglia in England, recently spoke at Emory about about neuroscience and art history. His eclectic talk also included a reference to sea squirts, which was highlighted in "ThoughtWork," the newsletter of the Academic Exchange:"Why do we have a brain? I didn't know this previously: The reason we have a brain is because like all […]
Caroline Schwaner, a senior majoring in environmental sciences, tests the water quality of a stream in Madagascar, where she spent last summer conducting research. Photo by Carol Clark.By Carol ClarkEmory’s Department of Environmental Studies has a new name, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and a new master’s level degree program through the Laney Graduate School, which will start in the fall of 2014.“We’re not changing our direction with the new name. […]
What's safer for offspring than a gated community? A gatored one. Mother alligators fiercely guard their dens. Emory paleontologist Anthony Martin writes for BBC Earth about his research on the Georgia barrier island of Saint Catherine. Below is an excerpt:"Birds are dinosaurs. This scientifically correct statement has been said often enough during the past 20 years that even children understand it and have been teaching it to their parents, who somehow missed the memo."Yet in my experience, […]
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