Mutations linked to intellectual disability point to overly active ion channe

Two mutations identified in individuals with developmental and epileptic brain disease can be traced back to the same ion channel. Researchers have now elucidated how both independent mutations affect the channel’s function: by making it overly active and highly sensitive to stimulation. The findings are an important step towards unraveling what causes the patients’ symptoms.…

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Blowing Bubbles to Pollinate Flowers

As wild insect populations decline and commercial honeybee colonies suffer maladies, farmers are seeking new ways to pollinate their crops. Some hire alternative insects, like blue orchard bees. Others drive huge pollen-spraying rigs, or daub each flower by hand with a paintbrush. In the future, some may blow bubbles. In a study published Wednesday in…

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Rebag Is Getting Into the Re-Accessories Game

Christian VierigGetty Images While some brands are understandably struggling with the devastating impact of coronavirus on business, others are thriving. Namely, Rebag, a luxury retailer specializing in used designer handbags. As customers continue to buy less, more thoughtful, sustainable purchases are becoming more of a priority. According to Thredup’s 2019 resale report, the secondhand industry…

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