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Evolving Pain Resistance

By | October 24, 2013

Grasshopper mice harbor mutations in a pain-transmitting sodium channel that allow them to prey on highly toxic bark scorpions.

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Ancient Bee Die Out

By | October 24, 2013

Researchers show that one group of bees likely suffered a mass extinction about 65 million years ago.

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Confirmed Venomous Crustacean

By | October 22, 2013

Researchers show that a cave-dwelling crustacean may use venom to immobilize and digest its prey.

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Brain-Washing During Sleep

By | October 18, 2013

Rest clears out interstitial clutter in the mouse brain.

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Ketamine Alternative Shows Promise

By | October 17, 2013

Researchers show that lanicemine is an effective antidepressant without the adverse effects of the related hallucinogenic drug.

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Get Off the Pot

By | October 15, 2013

Researchers demonstrate the successful treatment of marijuana abuse in rats and monkeys.

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Fossilized Mosquito Blood Meal

By | October 14, 2013

Researchers have discovered a 46-million-year-old female mosquito containing the remnants of the insect’s final blood meal.

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More Evidence MERS Came from Bats

By | October 10, 2013

Genomic analysis suggests that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus circulated among bats for a while before jumping to humans.  

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Controlling Cockroaches

By | October 8, 2013

Responses to RoboRoach, a behavior-controlling cockroach backpack, vary from enthusiasm to ethical concerns.

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An Olfaction Odyssey

By | October 1, 2013

Thanks to a book, a war, and a big green caterpillar, John Hildebrand found himself mapping the exquisite and surprising wiring of the insect olfactory system.

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