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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Top-ranking baboons age the fastest. Is it worth it?

New research looks at the epigenetic effects of social status in baboons

Access to free school lunch creates health benefits for a lifetime

A study of India's Midday Meal program shows clear nutritional benefits that are even passed on to the next generation

What does a spider eat? Look at the DNA in their guts

DNA sequencing found wandering spiders eat at least 96 types of prey, including snakes and lizards

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

Even seasoned physicians may struggle to interpret EKGs

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Illegal shark fishing study shows widespread catch of threatened Galapagos species

The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999's catch of a dozen different species of sharks is a sign that endangered species need better protection

Researchers might be using your Facebook data in their papers

A recent study asked people what they thought about academics using their social media data

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

Animals and their DNA move through the environment in different ways

Sampling a lake at different times of year and at different depths found fish DNA distributes in unexpected ways

Drinking way, way too much coffee might shrink your brain

Up to five cups of coffee per day seems to be fine. Six or more? Your brain is going to feel it

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

Gelatins may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease

A traditional Chinese medicine successfully protected neurons from amyloid-induced death

A fluorescent sensor signals when yeast cells are getting stressed

Yeast cells can produce large amounts of proteins for industrial and therapeutic use, but they sometimes get overworked

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

A controversial new study shows how male rats can become pregnant and give birth

Scientists have debated whether the scientific progress justified the invasiveness of the procedure

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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Genes related to sleep help cells stay free of toxins

Genetic research in fruit flies points to an important link between sleep and cellular housekeeping

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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Ancient DNA pulled from dirt yields evidence of a Paleolithic human, wolf, and bison in Georgia

Previously, ancient DNA had been extracted from bones, hair, and teeth, but it can also be found in soil

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

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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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Recognizing monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act may do more harm than good

Recent scientific evidence shows that conservation programs could harm monarch populations if done at large scales

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The twisted math of knot theory can help you tell an overhand knot from an unknot

It's knot always easy to tell if two knots are the same

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UN climate report says climate change was "avoidable" but goals of limiting damage are still achievable

The goal of limiting surface temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius is still achievable with net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050

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Six lifestyle tips from parasitic bees

Here's the guide you didn't know you needed to being a successful cuckoo bee

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Meet Melba Roy Mouton, the Space Race mathematician and keeper of orbiting satellites

Roy Mouton, a mathematician and programmer, was a sort of hidden figure in Hidden Figures

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Meet Evelyn Boyd Granville, the mathematician who mass produced computers and shot Apollo into space

One of the first Black women to earn a PhD in math, she worked on seemingly every major math project of the 20th century

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The butyrate produced by your gut bugs is good for your health

Gut bacteria make butyrate when they break down resistant starches. But the science of how you can boost it is proving to be personal