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Simon Spichak

Neuroscience

Hi! I’m a neuroscientist and science communicator finishing up my MSc in Ireland. I study the way that microbes living in the gut communicate with the brain, but I’m interested in all things neuroscience! I am passionated about mental health and science communication!

I love coffee, raccoons and basketball.

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Microbes in your gut might be impairing your memory

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Gut microbes send different signals to the brain in people with obesity

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The mother's gut microbiome helps a child's brain develop its senses

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Without the maternal microbiome, a mouse's thalamus under-develops, resulting in reduced sensory processing

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Ancient poop analysis reveals extinct species of bacteria

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Scientists analyzed bacterial genomes from 1000-2000 year feces

Feeding gut bacteria may reduce anxiety in women

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In a trial, women who took fiber supplements reported lowered anxiety compared to a placebo

This worm has too many butts

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Researchers have identified how its internal anatomy adapts as its butts branch off

A mass Tyrannosaurus rex grave confirms that they hunted in packs

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A collection of T. rex fossils all found in one spot likely died together in a flood

Google has shown that they don't actually care about ethical AI

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AI algorithms are racist and sexist because these biases are baked into our society. We need to fix this

Mind-controlling your computer just became one step closer

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Two people were able to perform tasks like opening Skype with a wireless implant

A scientific correction finds Venus's atmosphere probably does not contain phosphine gas

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The initial discovery set off a flurry of excitement. The reality is something more mundane

Octopuses sometimes punch fish out of spite

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The mysterious behavior appears related to collaborative hunting and hints at complex emotions

Antidepressant drugs suppress important gut bacteria

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This finding explains why some people who take antidepressants have unpleasant gut-centered side effects

Eating more fiber could help you handle stress better

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Some dietary fibers are converted to fatty acids, which are linked to cortisol levels in your blood

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Retracting publications doesn't stop them from influencing science

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"Zombie papers" keep on getting cited, with huge ripple effects

Fanni Daniella Szakal

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Microglia build and maintain the "roads" your brain needs to store memories

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A protein called IL-33 keeps microglia working efficiently

Abdullah Asad Iqbal

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Instead of a colonoscopy, a new screen tests poop for colorectal cancer-related bacteria

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Testing for the bacterium Parvimonas micra in stool may present an alternative to a colonoscopy

Manisha Roy

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Skin cells protect their DNA from bumps and bruises with a jello-like response

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Cells' responses to microscopic pushes and pulls prevent cancers from forming

Rachel Stewart

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Widespread PFAS chemical pollution will likely make COVID-19 worse

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These common household and industrial chemicals impair immune system function

Anna Robuck

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Rare spindle-shaped neurons from deep inside the brain recorded for the first time

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Losing the mysterious cells may lead to Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, or other neurological disorders

Burcin Ikiz

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