Cocaine use slices and dices RNA in mouse brain cells

The analysis of epigenetic changes caused by cocaine use adds to the evidence that substance use disorders are rooted in biology

A 'dead' CRISPR might be a better CRISPR for targeting Alzheimer's

A new molecular editor based on "dead Cas9" shows encouraging results for editing the genome

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Chimpanzees' brains reflect their early childhood experiences

Proper socialization could make up, in part, for separation of a child from their mother



A glowing red springhare

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Meet the springhare: the first glow-in-the-dark African mammal known to science

Researchers discovered the springhare's fluorescent abilities entirely by accident

For the first time ever, researchers have "housebroken" cows

Controlling where cow waste ends up could lead to cleaner air and water and decreased greenhouse gas emissions

Infants are being exposed to PFAS chemicals in breast milk

A new study finds that currently used PFAS — thought to be less dangerous than "legacy" versions — are becoming increasingly common in our bodies


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White pine blister rust's habitat range is changing with the climate

New study in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks demonstrates the complexity of changing plant-pathogen interactions

Students can learn with their mouths as well as with their eyes and hands

The finding is a win for education accessibility for blind and low-vision students

Distance and our eyes distort the true colors of stars

New research calculates the colors of stars based on their actual energy distributions

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We should look at healthcare through the lens of love

Public health expert Sandro Galea on why public health should be more founded in compassion


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Zebrafish without "love hormone" neurons show no desire to socialize with each other

New research shows the importance of oxytocin for social affiliation and isolation

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AI and machine learning could halve preventable errors in medicine

Researcher Suchi Saria works to bridge the gap between AI solutions and implementation in healthcare


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Wild Goffin's cockatoos can use tools, too

Scientists have observed captive cockatoos making tools before, but this is the first documented instance of tool use in wild cockatoos

Giant clams are growing faster than ever. That's not a good thing

This supercharged growth is likely due to nitrate aerosols in our modern atmosphere

Researchers observe a boar releasing two caged younglings in a impassioned rescue

The act sheds light on the prosocial behavior and empathy of wild boars, thought to be rare among animals

Meet the warty comb jelly, the only animal with a disappearing anus

Its anus appears and disappears every time it needs to poop, at least every hour. That's just one strange facet of comb jelly biology


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People with sickle cell disease are less likely to get kidney transplants than those without

Sickle cell disease predominantly affects Black populations, and kidney transplants can save their lives

That stinky armpit smell? It's not you, it's your microbiome

Whether your body odor is oniony, meaty, or fruity depends on the microbes inhabiting your armpits


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Bacteria can live without food for over 1000 days

Nearly three years without food drives innovative survival strategies

Germ-free mice show how eating common oils affects our microbiomes

New research adds to our knowledge about how the oils we eat affect our bodies

New device blends secrets of beetles and cacti to pull water from fog

Engineers learned from unique surfaces in nature to create an aluminum foil that harvests water from the air

How binary stars' planets are born

A new mathematical simulation shows how gas and dust could swirl into planets in dual-star systems

Can slime molds remember?

Unique signals may propagate through the slime mold's tendrils when they reach food

A glowing butt might help some pitvipers attract their dinner

Many animals have been discovered to have biofluorescence, but it is not always clear why an organism might have evolved this trait


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When a person "detransitions," pressure and threats — not regret — are most often the cause

In a study published in LGBT Health, researchers analyzed survey data of 27,715 trans and gender diverse US adults

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Mice don’t get Alzheimer’s, so why test Alzheimer's drugs on them?

Lab-grown human cells offer a revolutionary new model for bio-medical research.

Meet Valerie Thomas, the inventor and scientist who launched the longest-running satellite program imaging Earth’s surface

During Thomas's three-decade career at NASA, she connected scientists with the data they need to understand our planet


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Strong butt muscles are the key to sprinting at an elite level

Instead of the hamstrings, your butt is the real motor behind lightning-fast sprint speeds, at least if you're an elite male sprinter


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Your saliva affects the way you spread pathogens

Our saliva can vary depending on our physiological state, making us more or less likely to pass on bugs to others

Remembering Ben Barres, the trailblazing trans neuroscientist and mentor, on his birthday

The legacy of the researcher, teacher, and gender equality advocate lives on


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Alzheimer's drugs targeting amlyoid plaque may be doomed to fail

In a study of the cause of Alzheimer's, cognitive decline tracked something other than high levels of amyloid plaques

New machine learning approach can identify your circadian rhythm from a blood sample

Doctors do not currently monitor a person's circadian rhythms because there is not an efficient way to measure them

Meet Nancy Grace Roman, the "mother" of the Hubble Space Telescope

She discovered fundamental truths about stars and galaxies, and also shaped NASA into what we know it as today


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Which came first, the butt or the mouth? New research gives an answer

It's a chicken-and-the-egg question, but "which came first?" might not be the right way to think about it


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Math models can help cardiologists by finding the heart's hidden waves

Even seasoned physicians may struggle to interpret EKGs


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A breathing tube through the butt could be an alternative to mechanical ventilators

Inspired by animals that breathe through their butts, scientists show that mammals can also harness the incredible breathing ability of our butts

A new molecule and an under-appreciated neuron have been implicated in Parkinson's disease

Researchers studying Parkinson’s disease pivot from the usual dopamine story and reveal a new mechanism underlying early motor deficits

How COVID-19's Delta variant upended the world's fall plans

The pandemic will end eventually, but it's going to take a while

To make fishing sustainable, we need to track fish as they move around the world

Wealthier nations have extensive telemetry networks, but the majority of worldwide fish catch goes untracked


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Choosing which anemone species to call home has dramatic consequences for young clownfish

New research details why clownfish living in different types of anemones develop stripes at different times


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How scientists developed the most popular anesthetic used today, without totally knowing how it works

The "milk of amnesia" is relatively new, and is predated by centuries of weak attempts at pain relief



Scientists must speak out against misinformation about "immune-boosting" supplements

Dietary supplements can be dangerous, despite what social media influencers say


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Artificial intelligence can help diagnose skin cancer, but only on white skin

A new image-based AI tool can suggest clinical next steps for melanoma, but for darker skinned patients, equal outcomes are lacking


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