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An incredible new study from scientists at Stanford University has homed in on a bundle of brain cells that seem to be responsible for the negative emotional experience associated with pain, as opposed to the physical sensation itself. This breakthrough insight into how pain is processed in the brain could lead to novel non-opioid treatments for chronic pain that eliminate the unpleasant f
A massive new study is uncovering the effects of genes and environment in over 500 different conditions. Targeting over 50,000 twin pairs, the research is the first of its kind to use large-scale data analysis to evaluate the heritability of such a broad range of conditions... Continue Reading Massive Harvard-led genetic twin study homes in on the nature versus nurture debate Category: Sc
A limited colour and material palette help the Cube Education and Self-Study Centre, designed by Kaan Architecten, to blend with existing buildings on the Tilburg University campus in The Netherlands. Read more
Topping out at a length of about 8 meters (26 ft), the killer whale (or orca) is the ocean's top predator – it even goes after other kinds of whales. With that in mind, just imagine what fun a 15-meter (49-ft) predatory whale would be. That's the approximate skeletal length of Basilosaurus isis, a prehistoric toothed whale that is now believed to have likewise fed on its fellow whales... C
I needed to give a presentation in Jordan on photogrammetry, and I challenged myself to scan the iconic Al-Khazneh of Petra, put it in a game engine, and prepare a presentation, all in the span of three days. ...
It almost goes without saying that space is a pretty harsh environment. A NASA twin study showed life in space changes gene expression in humans, and tests have shown that it even stresses seedlings. Now researchers have examined what effects that environment might have on bacteria, and found that the bugs are mutating in response – but that probably isn't cause for concern... Continue Rea
Although we generally accept aging as a necessary evil, nobody would pass up the chance to slow it down. Now researchers from the University of Michigan may have found a way to do just that – in worms at least. The team has identified a molecule in neurons that, when blocked, improves motor function in older worms and increases their lifespan and general health. Better yet, similar pathway
In 2013, the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY, laid off its entire photo staff, electing to replace them with a mixture of professional wire service photos and images taken by non-professionals. This business decision remains in effect years later, and a new study warns the publication's news imagery has suffered as a result.The study, which was recently published in the journal Journalism &
A number of prominent newspapers and magazines have laid off some or all of their photojournalists in recent years, but these moves are not without their consequences. A new study has found that switching from a photojournalist staff to non-professional photos has, to no one’s surprise, causes a significant drop in photo quality.Professors Tara Mortensen and Peter Gade of the University of
It's generally understood that the biological sex of an embryo is determined by the chromosomes at conception – two X chromosomes will develop as female, while an XY combo will become male. But this simple rule may be too simple. A new genetics study out of Australia has identified extra pieces of the puzzle that could explain some disorders of sex development (DSD)... Continue Reading Gen


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