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Beyond their contribution to social, cultural and legal history, old legal documents may also provide important information on development of agriculture over the centuries. This is according to a new study from researchers in Trinity College Dublin and the University of York, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

In pharmacology, drug tolerance refers to the phenomenon whereby a subject’s reaction to a drug is progressively reduced. This is a major problem in pharmacological pain management, and is especially prevalent for opioid analgesics, to which tolerance can develop rapidly—morphine is the prime example.

Do you find it difficult to moderate your internet usage? Internet addiction is an international phenomenon but estimations of its prevalence are widely variant. In a new study in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, an international meta-analysis is presented which suggests that prevalence of internet addiction varies considerably between countries and is inversely related to quality of life. The article is available...

Some cars look friendly, others mean or even sexy. The human tendency to anthropomorphise, give human characteristics, facial or otherwise to objects, is part of the reason movies like “Cars” by Disney-Pixar, and countless other characters, based on inanimate objects, are enjoyed by humans. To better understand what happens in the brain when we anthropomorphise, a team of researchers set out to find the brain region activated when...

The search for a vaccine against HIV has been frustrated by difficulties in generating a sufficient neutralising antibody response in humans to vaccine candidates. However, progress is being made by various innovative approaches including use of the unusual model animal, the llama. A new study in the journal PLOS Pathogens shows that immunised llamas produce a combination of neutralising antibodies that together destroy all members of a panel...