Confirm or Deny: Ron Howard

Maureen Dowd: Those fishing poles you and Andy Griffith carried in the great opening credits scene of “The Andy Griffith Show” never caught a fish. Ron Howard: No, unless you count all of the fishing scenes where the prop man had to wade in and put a catfish on the line. That was Franklin Canyon…

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How single neurons and brain networks support spatial navigation

IMAGE: Nikolai Axmacher is heading the Neuropsychology Department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. view more  Spatial navigation is an essential cognitive function, which is frequently impaired in patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders. Research groups worldwide have studied the neuronal basis of spatial navigation, and the activity of both individual nerve cells and large cell assemblies in…

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Infection biology: Signs of selection in the stomach

Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. Microbiologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now characterized its population structure in individual patients, demonstrating an important role of antibiotics for its within-patient evolution. The cosmopolitan bacterium Helicobacter pylori is responsible for one of the most prevalent chronic infections found in humans. Although…

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How to prevent mosquitofish from spreading in water ecosystems

IMAGE: Its high fecundity, sexual precocity and tolerance to environmental pollution are factors that make its monitoring more difficult. view more  Credit: Oriol Cano (University of Barcelona-IRBio) Preventing the introduction of the mosquitofish and removing its population are the most effective actions to control the dispersal of this exotic fish in ponds and lakes, according to…

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