Grace Browne

Grace is a freelance journalist based in London. Her work focuses on science, health, and the environment. ​Her writing has appeared in outlets such as New Scientist, Undark, OneZero, BBC Future, Inverse, Hakai magazine, The Scientist and LiveScience, amongst others. She is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Mind and Body
What is the origin of consciousness? Brain network study helps explain
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The "alternative activation" of two brain networks may be a signature of consciousness.
genetic intermingling
Archaic DNA stemming from ancient sex fundamentally influences health today
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Thank you, ancient hominin cousins!
Family tree
Ancient DNA study reveals a mysterious "super archaic" ancestor
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"Super-archaic" gene regions have been passed down to some living people.
Reset button
Magic mushrooms might rebalance the brain — study
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A new model can inform interventions for neuropsychiatric disorders.
Eye to eye
Tortoises and humans share this one unique trait
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Animal research explores why children are drawn toward face-like shapes.
Science
Finally, scientists find the oldest sperm in the world
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Old and massive.
Family tree
Neanderthal DNA discovery solves a human history mystery
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Scientists were finally able to sequence Y chromosomes from Denisovans and Neanderthals.
oozing
Vaping coats the mouth in a "slime-cloak" — study
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E-cigarettes can totally mess with the microbes in your mouth.
afterlife
In death, one form of sensory perception persists
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Talking to a loved one as they pass may indeed be give them some comfort.
Love on the brain
Brain scans reveal what new couples and old flames have in common
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A brain study offers insight into what ignites the romantic flame.
pill box
Brain-boosting supplements may be laced with unapproved foreign drugs
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These supplements may not be a smart choice.
Science
Neanderthal intelligence: Evidence of understanding math revealed
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A piece of yarn is an insight into an ancient mind.
Zap
Scientists discover what enables conscious thought and feeling
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“There are many exciting implications for this work."
Gut check
Microbiome linked to the likelihood of specific personalities — study
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Research reveals how the gut may influence behavior.
Future 50
Canan Dagdeviren wants more women in STEM to “not give up”
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“That’s one thing I always tell my female students.”
Trippy
Psychedelic study reveals how LSD changes the brain
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"Now we know how psychedelic drugs work — finally!"
Ouch
Sex between ancient humans fundamentally altered perception
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Modern-day humans may feel pain in a similar manner to a long-gone species.
Future 50
Epidemiologist Adam Kucharski says 2021 is going to be better for 1 reason
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"We are in very different shape than we were before."
Neanderthals
Ancient stone tool rewrites a chapter of human history
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"Every few years something remarkable turns up and we keep digging."
Symbiotic
Why the immune system influences mental health
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If we can harness a unique relationship, new mental health treatments could be found.