Friday Roundup: Stem Cells to Brain Cells, Swallow Evolution in 30 Years, and Cold Sores That Treat Cancer

  • A monkey’s skin cells were transformed into stem cells, then implanted in its brain, , wired themselves up, and took on normal function.
  • . Well…fish brains anyway.
  • The universe is just slightly older than originally thought, .
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  • A flash memory chip made from .
  • are discovered. In a related story, there is life .
  • This one’s just weird. .
  • New research suggests that . Instead, depression is the result of miscommunication between brain cells. Serotonin helps increase communications, but drugs that boost serotonin ignore the root cause.

This week’s featured book is a bit of a science detective story:

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