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Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
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By about 11 or 12 years old, a child's brain is nearly as large as it will ever be, but its development is far from finished. From early adolescence until the mid-20s, the dramatic reshaping of connections between brain cells sculpts regions involved in planning, organization, and many other cognitive functions that we associate with "growing up." This may make teens more vulnerable to psychiatric disorders that often arise during adolescence, such as schizophrenia, but it may also present an exciting chance to shape the brain long-term. What do we know about these risks and opportunities? And how can discoveries about the teen brain inform how we parent and educate our children?
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