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Evidence supports ‘hot start’ scenario and early ocean formation on Pluto

The accretion of new material during Pluto's formation may have generated enough heat to create a liquid ocean that has persisted beneath an icy crust to the present day, despite the dwarf planet's orbit far from the sun in the... Continue Reading →

What does the ‘love hormone’ do? It’s complicated

During the pandemic lockdown, as couples have been forced to spend days and weeks in one another's company, some have found their love renewed while others are on their way to divorce court. Oxytocin, a peptide produced in the brain,... Continue Reading →

Scientists decode how the brain senses smell

Scientists have further decoded how mammalian brains perceive odors and distinguish one smell from thousands of others. In experiments in mice, NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers have for the first time created an electrical signature that is perceived as... Continue Reading →

Unexpected uncertainty can breed paranoia

In times of unexpected uncertainty, such as the sudden appearance of a global pandemic, people may be more prone to paranoia, Yale University researchers suggest in a new study published in the journal eLife. "When our world changes unexpectedly, we want... Continue Reading →

Repeating cycle in unusual cosmic radio bursts

An investigation into one of the current great mysteries of astronomy has come to the fore thanks to a four-year observing campaign conducted at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. Using the long-term monitoring capabilities of the iconic Lovell Telescope, an international... Continue Reading →

Engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

MIT engineers have designed a "brain-on-a-chip," smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors -- silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses in the human brain. The researchers... Continue Reading →

‘Fat burning’ molecule has implications for treatment of obesity

Obesity affects more than 40 percent of adults in the United States and 13 percent of the global population. With obesity comes a variety of other interconnected diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease, which makes the disease... Continue Reading →

Synthetic red blood cells mimic natural ones, and have new abilities

Scientists have tried to develop synthetic red blood cells that mimic the favorable properties of natural ones, such as flexibility, oxygen transport and long circulation times. But so far, most artificial red blood cells have had one or a few,... Continue Reading →

Spring rains are a surprising source of pollen

Springtime rains can be a surprising source of pollen. University of Iowa researchers report that tree pollen fragments remain in the air for as many as 11 hours after heavy rains, and those granules can make their way deep into... Continue Reading →

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