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With unexpected findings about a protein that's highly expressed in fat tissue, scientists have opened the door to critical new understandings about obesity and metabolism. The discovery could lead to new approaches for addressing obesity and potentially many other diseases.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 10:56 pm
Wrinkles on the skin of a microscopic worm might provide the key to a longer, healthier life for humans. Working with Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent nematode found in soil, researchers found that the nervous system controls the tiny worm's cuticle, a skin-like exterior barrier, in response to bacterial infections.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 7:49 pm
Researchers have observed a gamma-ray burst with an afterglow that featured the highest energy photons -- a trillion times more energetic than visible light -- ever detected in a burst.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
In learning new tasks, neuron networks in the brain of mice become more refined and selective. Charting changes in neural activity can help inform the design of better computational models for understanding decision making and cognition.
Posted: November 18, 2019, 4:09 pm
The perceived scale of the Amazon blazes received global attention this summer. However, international concerns raised at the time were countered by the Brazilian Government, which claimed the fire situation in August was 'normal' and 'below the historical average'. A new report finds that the number of active fires in August was actually three times higher than in 2018 and the highest number since 2010.
Posted: November 16, 2019, 12:03 am
Scientists have uncovered a possible explanation for the mental sluggishness that often accompanies illness.
Posted: November 16, 2019, 12:03 am
A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them. Mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu virus than mice fed food high in carbohydrates, according to a new study.
Posted: November 16, 2019, 12:03 am
Scientists with NASA's Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look for signs of ancient life in Jezero Crater, where the rover will land on Feb. 18, 2021.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 3:35 pm
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new study.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:31 pm
Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis being 'redesigned' to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:31 pm