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By around 30 million years ago, our ancestors had evolved the ability to see the full-color spectrum of visible light, except for UV.By Carol ClarkMany genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow.Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a detailed and complete picture of the […]
Much of the work of number theorist Ken Ono, above, involves solving long-standing mysteries stemming from the work of Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. By Carol ClarkAn Emory math breakthrough, “Mother Lode of Mathematical Identities,” is down to the final two in voting for Discover Magazine’s “People’s Choice” for top science story of 2014. The final round will continue through December 24, and you can cast your vote by clicking here.The editors of […]
In theoretical math, the term "moonshine" refers to an idea so seemingly impossible that it seems like lunacy.By Carol ClarkMonstrous moonshine, a quirky pattern of the monster group in theoretical math, has a shadow – umbral moonshine. Mathematicians have now proved this insight, known as the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture, offering a formula with potential applications for everything from number theory to geometry to quantum physics.“We’ve transformed the statement of the […]
Songbirds are one of the best systems for understanding how the brain controls complex behavior. Image credit: Sam Sober.By Carol ClarkTiming is key for brain cells controlling a complex motor activity like the singing of a bird, finds a new study published by PLOS Biology.“You can learn much more about what a bird is singing by looking at the timing of neurons firing in its brain than by looking at the rate that they fire,” says Sam Sober, a biologist at Emory University […]
The onset of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders typically occurs at about 21 years of age, with warning signs beginning around age 17, on average.By Carol ClarkDuring the first phase of a major national study, scientists have uncovered a new cluster of preclinical symptoms linked to a significant increase in the risk that a young person will go on to develop a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The consortium of researchers, from Emory and seven other universities, has also […]
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