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  • Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts
    Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Coordinated observations of Jupiter in early 2017 by six ground-based telescopes and Hubble allowed astronomers to study the evolution of bright plumes and connect them with cloud movements deep in the planet. They show that these plumes originate […]

  • Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch
    Posted on August 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument, as well as for detecting the touch of, say, biting insects. Researchers have discovered how neurons in the spinal cord help transmit […]

  • Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain
    Posted on August 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think […]

  • Australian men's life expectancy tops other men's
    Posted on August 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Australian men are now living longer than any other group of males in the world, according to new research. […]

  • Is it autism? The line is getting increasingly blurry
    Posted on August 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    If the current trend in diagnostic practices holds, the definition of autism may get too blurry to be meaningful, a research team finds. […]

  • Stardust in the Antarctic snow
    Posted on August 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. Only a very small amount of this isotope reaches the earth from distant stars. Now, a research team has discovered iron-60 in Antarctic snow for the first time. The scientists […]

  • Hurricanes drive the evolution of more aggressive spiders
    Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Researchers who rush in after storms to study the behavior of spiders have found that extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones may have an evolutionary impact on populations living in storm-prone regions, where aggressive spiders have the […]

  • Biochemists discover new insights into what may go awry in brains of Alzheimer's patients
    Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Three decades of research on Alzheimer's disease have not produced major treatment advances for patients. Researchers now report new insights that may lead to progress in fighting the devastating disease. They discovered beta amyloid has a specific […]

  • Roadmap for detecting changes in ocean due to climate change
    Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    When will we see significant changes in the ocean due to climate change? A new study finds that some changes are noticeable already, while others will take up to a century. […]


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