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  1. How the brain decides what to do in the face of danger


    New study identifies variables that lead the brain to apply specific defensive strategies and uncovers a particular pair of neurons crucial for this process.


  2. Tackling the great paradox of biodiversity with game theory


    These ideas are still largely theoretical, so we need to test how well the competition mechanisms proposed in the paper describe what happens when real species compete, but early results look quite promising. – Andres Laan


  3. Champalimaud scientists awarded one million euros by la Caixa Foundation


    Carlos Ribeiro and Leopoldo Petreanu have been awarded Health Research la Caixa Grants of nearly 500,000 euros each to coordinate scientific projects. The grants are attributed to by the Foundation of la Caixa bank, Spain’s third largest financial institution. This is the first edition to include project coordinators working in Portugal.


  4. Life of PI: The young woman who decided she could – and would – do science for a living


    Behavior allows us to study a problem at several levels, and this is attractive because, ultimately, it is rewarding to see the whole picture. – Luísa Vasconcelos


  5. Serotonin speeds learning


    The study found that serotonin enhances the speed of learning. When serotonin neurons were activated artificially, using light, it made mice quicker to adapt their behavior in a situation that required such flexibility. Zach Mainen


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