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Complex tasks such as juggling produce significant changes to the structure of the brain.


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Monkeys “imitate with a purpose”, matching their behaviour to others’ as a form of social learning, researchers have found. Such mimicry has previously been seen only in great apes – including humans and chimps – but now Italian researchers have recorded wonderful footage of the phenomenon in newborn rhesus macaques.


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... pups do not learn how to eat dangerous animals such as scorpions on their own but are taught by adults.


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The brain may need sleep to process short-term memories, creating "space" for new facts to be learned.


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The dreams might reflect the brain's attempt to find associations for the memories that could make them more useful in the future.


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A study has found that bees are better at learning new odours in the morning. This early brain power may have evolved to help the insects sniff out flowering plants and forage for nectar more efficiently.


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Difficult-to-read fonts make for better learning, according to scientists.


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Applying a tiny electrical current to the brain could make you better at learning maths.


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Young New Caledonian crows learn to use tools by going to "tool-school", where they can observe their parents at work. These crows are renowned for their extraordinary intelligence and ability to fashion tools to solve problems. Now a new study has revealed more about how they do it: wild New Caledonian crows live in unusually small family groups, scientists say. That allows parent birds to take juveniles to tool-using sites, and...


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IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain. The system is capable of "rewiring" its connections as it encounters new information, similar to the way biological synapses work. Researchers believe that that by replicating that feature, the technology could start to learn.


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Tests given to an Amazonian tribe called the Mundurucu suggest that our intuitions about geometry are innate. Researchers examined how the Mundurucu think about lines, points and angles, comparing the results with equivalent tests on French and US schoolchildren. The Mundurucu showed comparable understanding, and even outperformed the students on tasks that asked about forms on spherical surfaces.


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Genetically identical forest trees raised in different environments react differently when exposed to drought conditions


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A new study has found birds learn the art of nest-building, rather than it being just an instinctive skill.


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