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1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in southeast DR Congo

Authorities in southeastern DR Congo have seized one and a half tonnes of elephant ivory, legal and environmental officials said, in one of the largest hauls in Africa in years. Officers discovered the smuggled tusks aboard trucks in the city of Lubumbashi on Saturday, according to a legal official ...

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Deaths From Alcohol Use Disorder Surged During Pandemic

Summary: Researchers report a significant increase in deaths related to alcohol use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. The steepest increase in mortality was seen in the 25-44 age group. Source: Cedars Sinai Medical Center Deaths involving alcohol use disorder increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new study by ...

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How the Volumes of Brain Regions Change in Parkinson’s Disease

Summary: Volume decreases in cortical areas, the amygdala, and basal forebrain in Parkinson’s patients correlated with worsening symptoms of the disease. Source: Human Brain Project A team of researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and Ernst-von-Bergmann Klinikum Potsdam analyzed the changes of brain volumes in 37 Parkinson’s patients and 27 ...

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The Fading of Negative Experiences: Active Suppression Weakens Unwanted Memories

Summary: Actively forgetting a negative experience may help to prevent bad memories from constantly intruding on a person’s awareness and halt rumination. Source: Max Planck Institute Many people have had negative experiences in their lives that they would prefer not to remember. However, there are sometimes moments when the events ...

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Medication Treatment of Pediatric Psychiatric Disorders Reduces the Later Onset of Substance Use Problems

Summary: Using psychiatric medications to treat mental health disorders in children and adolescents does not increase the risk of developing substance use disorders later in life. In fact, pharmacological interventions reduce the risk of developing SUD for those with MDD, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. Source: Mass General One-half of psychiatric ...

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How Good Are We at Finding Optimal Solutions to Complex Problems? People May Not Be as Apt as Generally Assumed

Summary: Pure free exploration may not be the most efficient route to solving a complex problem or learning, a new study reports. Source: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Who hasn’t felt the temptation to fling a lengthy manual into the trash, or just drive on instead of asking for directions? ...

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830-Million-Year-Old Microorganisms Discovered in Ancient Crystals – Implications for Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Fluid inclusions in halite. Credit: Courtesy Sara Schreder-Gomes Ancient microorganisms found in halite may have implications for search for both terrestrial and extraterrestrial life. Primary fluid inclusions in bedded halite from the 830-million-year-old Browne Formation of central Australia contain organic solids and liquids, as documented with transmitted light and ...

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Two pathogens linked to salmon health and survival in British Columbia

Credit: Drew Farwell/Unsplash Many wild salmon populations in British Columbia (B.C.) have experienced substantial declines over the last three decades. New UBC research published in FACETS helps chart a course towards better protection of wild salmon. The study, led by UBC faculty of forestry member Arthur Bass and using ...

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First record of a gall-forming aphid fighting off predator

Too much choice: The strange phenomenon of “analysis paralysis”

Smart LED Contact Lenses for Treating and Preventing Eye Disease

Online Spider Mystery Box Sale Now a Thing on the Internet; Some Species May Be Unknown

Spying on Thousands of Neurons in the Brain’s Vision Center Simultaneously

NASA Announces InSight Lander Has Only a Few More Months Left of Analyzing Martian Surface

Lost or extinct? Study finds the existence of more than 500 animal species remains uncertain

Forecasting the effects of roads and railways on endangered tigers

What's in your weed? You might be surprised

Childhood Circumstances and Personality Traits Are Associated With Loneliness in Older Age

Talking about sexual consent and expectations can improve relationships and well-being

Poll the audience: Using data from citizen science to keep wild birds in flight

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