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How does being bilingual affect your brain? It depends on how you use language

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XiXinXing/Shutterstock Vincent DeLuca, University of Birmingham Depending on what you read, speaking more than one language may or may not make you smarter. These mixed messages are understandably confusing, and they’re due to the fact that nothing is quite as simple as it’s typically portrayed when it comes to neuroscience. We can’t give a simple “yes” or “no” to the …

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Nobel Prize for CRISPR honors two great scientists – and leaves out many others

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CRISPR enables editing DNA with unprecedented precision. wildpixel/iStock via Getty Images Marc Zimmer, Connecticut College The gene-editing technique CRISPR earned the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Recognition of this amazing breakthrough technology is well deserved. But each Nobel Prize can be awarded to no more than three people, and that’s where this year’s prize gets really interesting. The decision to …

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2020 Nobel Prize in physics awarded for work on black holes – an astrophysicist explains the trailblazing discoveries

A black hole is an object so compact that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. They are formed when stars die and start collapsing under their own weight. Deep inside the black hole resides an infinitely hot and dense object, a so-called, singularity. Science Photo Library - MARK GARLICK/Getty Images

A black hole is an object so compact that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. They are formed when stars die and start collapsing under their own weight. Deep inside the black hole resides an infinitely hot and dense object, a so-called, singularity. Science Photo Library – MARK GARLICK/Getty Images Gaurav Khanna, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Black …

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