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A flexible, dissolvable implant relieves pain by using evaporative cooling on nerves. sciencenews.org/article/nerve-…
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Micromachines aren’t just toy cars from the 1980s. Starlet sea anemones use them to launch their stinging barbs. sciencenews.org/article/sea-an…
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“With longer spaceflight, we can expect bigger bone loss and probably a bigger problem with recovery.” sciencenews.org/article/space-…
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Without the Higgs boson, one of scientists’ most successful theories would collapse. sciencenews.org/article/higgs-…
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The megalodon shark and its direct ancestors may have been ‘hyper apex predators'. sciencenews.org/article/megalo…
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The current vaccines gave our immune systems the tools to recognize variants such as beta and alpha. But the omicron variant is a slipperier foe. sciencenews.org/article/covid-…
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“One of the reasons why things are so slow in our field is we’re trying to address a heterogeneous disease with one intervention at a time. And that’s just not going to work.” sciencenews.org/article/diet-f…
Introducing the ice stupa — a humanmade glacier. sciencenews.org/article/ice-st…
We humans tend to think the world is as we perceive it. But for everything that we can see, smell, taste, hear or touch, there’s so much more that we’re oblivious to. sciencenews.org/article/animal…
Quantum communication could be possible over vast, interstellar distances, a new study finds. sciencenews.org/article/alien-…
“There is something grotesque about this expectation that people could come back from something like this.” sciencenews.org/article/trauma…
The dinosaurs’ warm coats of feathers could have helped the creatures weather relatively brief but intense bouts of volcanic winter associated with massive volcanic eruptions. sciencenews.org/article/dinosa…
Megalodons and other megatooth sharks may have been, on average, probably two levels higher on the food chain than today’s great white sharks, which is like saying that some megalodons would have eaten a beast that ate great whites. sciencenews.org/article/megalo…
The discovery of the Higgs boson a decade ago filled in the missing keystone of the standard model of particle physics – but left plenty of open questions. sciencenews.org/article/higgs-…
“My hope is that it will lead to earlier diagnosis of concussions.” sciencenews.org/article/concus…
The decision to update COVID-19 vaccines didn’t come out of nowhere. In the two-plus years that the coronavirus has been spreading around the world, it has had a few “updates” of its own. sciencenews.org/article/covid-…
Astronauts in space for less than six months were able to regain their preflight bone strength after a year back in Earth’s gravity. But those in space longer had permanent bone loss in their shinbones equivalent to a decade of aging. sciencenews.org/article/space-…
The habitually modest and attention-averse Higgs makes the case against himself as the one whiz behind the discovery. According to Higgs, “my actual contribution was only a key insight right at the end of the story.” sciencenews.org/article/elusiv…
Dinosaurs are often thought of as heat-loving, well suited to the steamy greenhouse environment of the Triassic Period. But the secret to their survival may have been how well adapted they were to the cold, unlike other reptiles of the time. sciencenews.org/article/dinosa…
Such a system might offer targeted relief without the downsides of addictive pain medications like opioids. sciencenews.org/article/nerve-…
The LHC just reached a record-breaking energy of 13.6 trillion electron volts. Here’s how physicists will use the accelerator to further study the Higgs boson. sciencenews.org/article/higgs-…
Starlet sea anemones use tiny, high-speed micromachines to launch their stinging barbs. sciencenews.org/article/sea-an…
Extraterrestrials from distant worlds could reach out to Earth via quantum channels, a new study finds. sciencenews.org/article/alien-…
“That would be a very, very profound implication — that the potential for life is baked in at the very beginning of a planet.” sciencenews.org/article/earth-…
The food you eat could play an important role in your risk of develop Alzheimer’s, but pinpointing the best diet for Alzheimer’s prevention is tricky. sciencenews.org/article/diet-f…
The planet’s heart is primarily made of iron, nickel and some oxygen, but what other elements may dwell there and in what forms remains an open question. sciencenews.org/article/50-yea…
It’s not yet clear if the boosters will be widely available. sciencenews.org/article/covid-…
“I don’t know how to explain it.” sciencenews.org/article/megalo…
"When you get reinfected, you might [have symptoms] like a cold, or even sometimes a cough, and a little bit of a fever, but you usually don’t progress to complications as much as you would with your first infection — if you’re vaccinated." sciencenews.org/article/gettin…
Though far from ready for human use, a future version could potentially let “patients dial up or down the pain relief they need at any given moment.” sciencenews.org/article/nerve-…
The results confirm that a site in southeastern England called Fordwich is one of the oldest hominid sites in England. sciencenews.org/article/stone-…
The sensor is about the size of a bandage and is sleeker and more accurate than some instruments currently in use. sciencenews.org/article/concus…
You might want to bring your dumbbells on that next spaceflight. sciencenews.org/article/space-…
“You can ask a thousand questions now that we couldn’t have answered before.” sciencenews.org/article/earth-…
Since the discovery of the Higgs was announced a decade ago today, thousands of physicists have gone all-out exploring the particle’s properties. sciencenews.org/article/higgs-…
10 years ago today, the Higgs boson's discovery was announced. There's more to this particle's story than one man named Higgs. sciencenews.org/article/elusiv…
In the 1920s, laborers and amateur archaeologists at two gravel quarry pits in southeastern England uncovered more than 300 ancient, sharp-edged oval tools. sciencenews.org/article/stone-…
"Reinfections — particularly with respiratory viruses — are very common." sciencenews.org/article/gettin…
Peter Higgs, just like the particle named after him, is an elusive character. sciencenews.org/article/elusiv…
Volcanic winters set off by massive eruptions may have spelled doom for uninsulated reptiles. sciencenews.org/article/dinosa…
The device is an upgrade from bulky helmet sensors prone to false readings, scientists say. sciencenews.org/article/concus…
“Where we came from, where we’re going, how planets changed through time — every mineral is part of that narrative.” sciencenews.org/article/earth-…
The Large Hadron Collider continues to study the Higgs boson at record-smashing energies. sciencenews.org/article/higgs-…
50 years ago, most scientists thought Earth’s core formed after the planet accreted. Today, that is no longer the case. sciencenews.org/article/50-yea…
Megalodons and their direct ancestors were often predators on a level never seen before. sciencenews.org/article/megalo…
Vaccine developers Pfizer and Moderna included omicron subvariant BA.1 in their updated shots. But the FDA seems to be eyeing BA.4/BA.5 instead. sciencenews.org/article/covid-…
“A whole bunch of struts and beams all held together give your bone its overall strength. Those struts or beams are what we lose in spaceflight.” sciencenews.org/article/space-…
Created from materials that dissolve in the body, the device encircles nerves with an evaporative cooler. Implanted in rats, the cooler blocked pain signals from zipping up to the brain. sciencenews.org/article/nerve-…
Astronauts who were in space for six months or longer still had long-term bone loss equivalent to a decade of aging, one year after returning. sciencenews.org/article/space-…
An advisory committee to the U.S. FDA recommended that COVID-19 shots for the upcoming fall be updated to include the omicron variant. But it’s still unclear what those vaccines will look like. sciencenews.org/article/covid-…
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