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Lucky lab mice get to live in a 'smart house'

Lucky lab mice get to live in a 'smart house'

Science
March 7 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a "smart house" for mice, which will allow scientists to observe the behavior of tested mice while limiting disturbance levels. Researchers are constantly working to ensure external factors and outside influence, like the presence of a peering scientists, aren't influencing test results. Designers of the new digs claim their "Autonomouse" system will improve the welfare of lab mice, while ensuring greater consistency across different tests results. "We want to understand how the brain works, and for that we need to measure behavior," Andreas Schaefer, neuroscience researcher at the Francis Crick Institute in England, said in a news release. "In mice, this is normally done in a very manual and laborious way, which limits the amount of questions w...
Watch: Tragedy, terror plague family in 'Haunting of Hill House' trailer

Watch: Tragedy, terror plague family in 'Haunting of Hill House' trailer

Entertainment
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Netflix released a trailer Wednesday for The Haunting of Hill House, its new horror series inspired by Shirley Jackson's novel. The contemporary drama is to start streaming Oct. 12. It stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti star, as well as Lulu Wilson, McKenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard. "The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country," a synopsis said. "Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past -- some of which still lurk in their minds while others may ...
How to beat 'The House' on college bills

How to beat 'The House' on college bills

Finance
If you're looking for some last-minute strategies to navigate fall tuition bills, don't add "underground casino" to the list of contenders.Parents experiencing a little bill shock at their student's looming college tab may identify with the plight of Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) in "The House," which opens in theaters June 30.The couple's daughter, Alex (Ryan Simpkins), is accepted into fictional Buckley University, but thanks to a one-two punch of no savings and no financial aid, Scott and Kate have to contend with an outstanding balance of $ 50,819.87. Reluctant to tell Alex they can't afford to send her to her dream college, the couple instead works with their friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) to open an illegal casino."The math seems to check out," says Ferrell ...