IU study reveals rats have greater episodic memory than previously thought

Anyone who has ever spotted a familiar face at a party but been unable to place where or when they last met that person knows the difference between episodic memory and familiarity. Familiarity is mere recognition. Episodic memory is the ability to recall a memory’s context — to remember where and when you saw that familiar […]

IU postdoctoral researcher named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences

A postdoctoral researcher in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry is one of only 10 scientists named to the 2016 class of Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences, a program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. A native of Argentina, Daiana A. Capdevila will receive support from the program […]

IU scientists, alumni among winners of 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Physics

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been in the news this week for the announcement that he and his wife will give 99 percent of their wealth to charity over the course of their lives. But this isn’t the tech entrepreneur’s first foray into philanthropy. He and other leaders at tech giants such as Google and […]

Research with wacky titles still yields miracles, like former IU biologist Brock’s PCR enzyme

The technology known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, has been described as one of most pivotal discoveries in the life sciences in human history. The tool – the ability to generate unlimited copies of a fragment of DNA – has led to the creation of successful drugs and vaccines, accurate genetic tests for diseases, […]

For IU scientists, banner accomplishments; for U.S. science, a dismal season

It’s been a super couple of weeks with respect to science news at Indiana University, as numerous announcements have highlighted achievements that are going to directly affect humanity. Most specifically, young chemist Silas Cook’s achievement synthesizing the world’s most successful anti-malarial drug, artemisinin, which is too expensive to produce naturally at the scale needed to […]

Science at Work: A rare science story with “legs,” and IU’s Ogren carrying the baton

The news media love stories with “legs,” those gifts that just keep on giving, keep on going, and in science news – short of the natural disaster – they come few and far between. Take the sports cliché, “You’re only as good as your last game,” and replace “game” with “research paper” and you get […]