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I am a collection of water, calcium and organic molecules, but not a single one of the cells that compose me knows who I am, or cares ...so why should you?

Female space pioneer and member of the Mercury 13, Jerrie Cobb has died at 88 years old

Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb, the first woman to pass NASA's astronaut training, has died. She was 88. Cobb, a pioneering female pilot, was a member of the Mercury 13, a group of women who were able to complete in the early... Continue Reading →

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The Universe’s First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

The first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the first time, after decades of searching. Scientists discovered its signature in our own galaxy using the world’s largest airborne observatory, NASA’s Stratospheric... Continue Reading →

Dopamine Helps Neurons Grow Up

Adults select appropriate behavior with the help of the brain’s “spiny” neurons, and now a study from Columbia neuroscientists shows how these neurons mature during childhood. Why the study is important In disorders like ADHD that arise during childhood, neuroscientists... Continue Reading →

Scientists find evidence Mercury has a solid inner core

Scientists have long known that Earth and Mercury have metallic cores. Like Earth, Mercury's outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury's innermost core is solid. Now, in a new study, scientists report... Continue Reading →

Explosion on Jupiter-sized star ten times more powerful than ever seen on our Sun

A stellar flare 10 times more powerful than anything seen on our sun has burst from an ultracool star almost the same size as Jupiter Coolest and smallest star to produce a superflare foundStar is a tenth of the radius... Continue Reading →

Researchers use gene editing with CRISPR to treat lethal lung diseases before birth

Using CRISPR gene editing, a team from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)and Penn Medicine have thwarted a lethal lung disease in an animal model in which a harmful mutation causes death within hours after birth. This proof-of-concept study, published today in Science Translational Medicine,... Continue Reading →

Ability to lift weights quickly can mean a longer life

Prolong your life by increasing your muscle power. That's the main message of a study presented today at EuroPrevent 2019, a congress of the European Society of Cardiology.1 "Rising from a chair in old age and kicking a ball depend... Continue Reading →

Broken mitochondria use ‘eat me’ proteins to summon their executioners

When mitochondria become damaged, they avoid causing further problems by signaling cellular proteins to degrade them. In a paper publishing April 11, 2019, in the journal Developmental Cell, scientists in Norway report that they have discovered how the cells trigger this... Continue Reading →

How does helping people affect your brain? Study shows neurobiological effects of providing support to others

Providing "targeted" social support to other people in need activates regions of the brain involved in parental care- which may help researchers understand the positive health effects of social ties, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the... Continue Reading →

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