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Researchers solve the mystery of how humans evolved colour vision - ScienceAlert

Scientists have figured out how, over several million years, our ancestors evolved from being primitive mammals that could only see dim, shadowy light to apes with clear colour vision.

Controlling genes with your thoughts

Researchers led by ETH Zurich professor Martin Fussenegger have constructed the first gene network that can be controlled by our thoughts. The inspiration for this development was a game that picks up brainwaves in order to guide a ball through an obstacle course.

Dolphins appear to perceive magnetic fields | Science News

Captive bottlenose dolphins are quicker to explore a magnetized block than a demagnetized one, suggesting that the dolphins can detect magnetic fields, a new study shows. Past observations of wild dolphins, whales and porpoises had hinted that the animals are sensitive to magnetic fields and use the sensory perception for better navigation. The study provides the first experimental evidence linking the animals' magnetic sense to their behavior, the team writes September 30 in Naturwissenschaften – The Science of Nature.

In-depth analysis of bat influenza viruses concludes they pose low risk to humans -- ScienceDaily

Zoonosis -- transmission of infections from other vertebrates to humans -- causes regular and sometimes serious disease outbreaks. Bats are a well-known vertebrate reservoir of viruses like rabies and Ebola. Recent discovery of sequences in bats that are resemble influenza virus genes raised the question of whether bat flu viruses exist and could pose a threat to humans.

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