Science Life: Research and Discoveries

Tiger salamander
Learning to make visual predictions with a few simple rules

With the help of salamander retinas, UChicago neuroscientists show how brain cells can learn to predict motion as efficiently as a highly optimized software algorithm.

'Backup alarm system' gives the body another way to fight infections

Researchers at UChicago find that sometimes the innate immune system responds to the body’s own molecules following a pathogen attack, revealing a kind of backup alarm system that could lead to new tactics for fighting viruses.

World War I-era maps help track history of kelp forests in Pacific Northwest

UChicago ecologist Cathy Pfister uses maps produced before World War I, which have quite a history of their own, to track the growth of kelp beds in the Pacific Northwest over the last century.