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A Cape ground squirrel sits upright on its hind legs, holding its forelimbs up to its face.
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World
Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World
Animals Are Shape-Shifting in Response to a Warming World

Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.

Forced to respond to a climate that’s changing faster than it ever has, it remains unclear whether species’ adaptations can keep pace.

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artist's depiction of white, beige, and brown fat cells
Heat May Melt Away White Fat
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Mar 4, 2022 | 4 min read
Local heat therapy induces browning of adipose tissue in mice and humans, a study finds, suggesting it could help treat obesity—though some experts have reservations.
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Environmental Memory: How Corals Are Adjusting to Warmer Waters
Amanda Heidt | Feb 14, 2022 | 10+ min read
Corals that previously experienced heat stress respond better the next time around. Researchers are trying to figure out how, and hope to one day take advantage of the phenomenon to improve coral restoration efforts. 
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Some Mammals May Use Specialized Hairs to Detect Predators’ Heat
Amanda Heidt | Dec 16, 2021 | 2 min read
When observed under a microscope, guard hairs from mice resemble optical sensors used in thermal cameras to detect heat, according to a new study.
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Heating Up CAR T Cells for Cancer Therapy
Roni Dengler, PhD | Sep 10, 2021 | 2 min read
Heated gold nanoparticles unleash the therapeutic activity of engineered CAR T cells.
Giving Sweat the Respect It Deserves
Sarah Everts | Jul 13, 2021 | 5 min read
Not only is the humble fluid a boon for keeping humans cool, it also contains a wealth of biological information.
Rising Temperatures Expected to Spur More Early Births
Ashley Yeager | Dec 2, 2019 | 2 min read
From 1969 to 1988, 25,000 infants were born early each year as a result of hot weather, and with global warming pushing temperatures higher, more babies will be at risk for early birth.
Q&A: Myth Debunkers Take Aim at Microbiology Lore
Ashley Yeager | Jun 25, 2019 | 4 min read
University of Michigan’s Ada Hagan separates fact from fiction, such as whether you should starve a fever or if eating chocolate really causes acne.
Thousands of Australian Animals Die in Unprecedented Heatwave
Jef Akst | Jan 17, 2019 | 2 min read
Freshwater fish suffer from low levels of oxygen in the country’s rivers, while bats are unable to survive the extreme air temperatures.
Image of the Day: Keep a Cool HeadĀ 
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 17, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists take a close look at how cloven hoofed mammals use selective brain cooling to survive in the heat. 
Do Heat Waves Spur Violence?
Jef Akst | Jul 25, 2011 | 2 min read
Are the triple digit temperatures provoking people to do their worst?
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