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  • 10 January 1947| Stanford Scientists Isolate Polio Virus

    10 January 1947| Stanford Scientists Isolate Polio Virus0

    On this day, 73 years ago, two scientists from Stanford University, U.S., announced the first successful isolation of the poliovirus. Hubert Loring, associate professor at Stanford, and Carlton Schwerdt, chemistry research associate, were able to obtain an 80% pure form of the virus, extracted from cotton rats infected with polio. The discovery was a breakthrough

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  • Meditation and the Brain: Studying Compassion in Monks

    Meditation and the Brain: Studying Compassion in Monks0

    What happens in the brain when we feel for others? Neuroeconomist Brian Knutson of Stanford University studies meditating monks to explore what compassion looks like in the brain. Knutson is an expert in the pleasure center of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, which receives a dopamine hit when we experience something pleasant. In his newest

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