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Pokemon language brain processing
Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens in ”Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” released just as USC researchers study how “pokemonikers” reflect how the human mind handles language.(Photo/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

What can Pokémon character names teach us about language?

With Pikachu back on the big screen, USC researchers are taking a serious look at the linguistics of the Pokémon universe to better grasp how the brain processes language.

Health
USC scientists determine how melatonin works
The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin (shown as a constellation in the night sky) is synthesized from serotonin (shown as a kite) during night time. Melatonin then connects to the high-affinity receptors (shown at right). Illustration by Yekaterina Kadyshevsk

Unlocking melatonin’s role in the biological clock may mean more than a good night’s sleep

An international team of scientists — including researchers at USC — have created 3D models of melatonin receptors, opening the door to new drugs for health issues beyond sleep.