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Control Desk for the Neural Switchboard

Treating anxiety no longer requires years of pills or psychotherapy. At least, not for a certain set of bioengineered mice. In a study recently published in the journal Nature, a team of neuroscientists turned these high-strung prey into bold explorers with the flip of a switch...

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$25,000, 350-Mile-Per-Charge Electric Car Could Be Reality by 2017, DOE Says

In an event flanked with all the electric cars that have recently come to market, and a handful of those that are poised for sale later this year, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flipped the switch today on the 500th electric-vehicle charging station installed by Coulomb Technologies as part of its ChargePoint America network...

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Early-Onset Alzheimer's: One Man's Coping Strategies

About 5 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease are diagnosed in their 40s or 50s, and research scientists have identified characteristics of early-onset Alzheimer's that appear to set it apart from other types of dementia. Dealing with progressive cognitive loss in the prime of life certainly creates different challenges...

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First Signs of Ozone-Hole Recovery Spotted

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to heal, say researchers in Australia. The team is the first to detect a recovery in baseline average springtime ozone levels in the region, 22 years after the Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and related ozone-destroying chemicals came into force...

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Microbial Mats May Have Given Early Animals Breathing Room

Like exhausted nightclubbers, early animals may have weathered their harsh lifestyle by squirming up to the oxygen bar...

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Report Recommends 'National Adaptation Strategy' for Global Warming

A report by the National Research Council last week warned that not only is global warming real, but the effects are already serious and the need has become "pressing" for a strong national policy to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. ...

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Gamma-Ray Image Reveals 'Some Things We Didn't Expect to See'

Last week astronomers released the most detailed gamma-ray map of the sky--representing the Universe's most violent and extreme processes. The Fermi space telescope's newest results, as well as the map, were described at the Third Fermi Symposium in Rome. ...

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