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Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Mark R. Hutchinson | Jan 1, 2018
Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.
Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand
Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand
Emma Byrne | Jan 1, 2018
Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.
Swearing Off Pain
Swearing Off Pain
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
Author Emma Byrne runs down the benefits of cursing, among them an enhanced ability to withstand pain.
Infographic: A Painful Pathway
Infographic: A Painful Pathway
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
Since the mid-2000s, the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 has emerged as a promising target for a new class of analgesics.
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Mark R. Hutchinson | Dec 31, 2017
The acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Hibernating Rodents Feel Less Cold
Abby Olena | Dec 19, 2017
Syrian hamsters and thirteen-lined ground squirrels are tolerant of chilly temperatures, thanks to amino acid changes in a cold-responsive ion channel. 
Image of the Day: Moth Resurrection
Image of the Day: Moth Resurrection
The Scientist Staff | Dec 18, 2017
Entomologists have rediscovered a species of moth that was considered lost for 130 years. 
Image of the Day: Actin Burst
Image of the Day: Actin Burst
The Scientist Staff | Dec 6, 2017
Researchers are looking at actin polymerization and calcium uptake in human cells to study mitochondrial division.
Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 
Image of the Day: Horseshoe Bat 
The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2017
Factors such as humidity and temperature can affect how Rhinolophus clivosus use echolocation. 
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Insects’ Neural Learning and Memory Center Discovered in Crustaceans
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.