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His pain and her pain may not be the same

Males and females process pain using different cells, a new study with mice suggests. The findings could help researchers develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain—the most prevalent health condition humans face.

Method spots colorectal cancer in tiny tissue sample

A new sensitive technique can detect colorectal cancer in tissue samples—a method that could one day be used in clinical settings for early diagnosis.

Textbooks got it wrong: How your brain understands words

For 140 years, scientists’ understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke.

Why is sunscreen so confusing?

Many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 percent of people surveyed in a small study understood the definition of sun factor protection (SPF), and only seven percent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging.

How astronomers solved ‘V-J Day kiss’ mystery

After astronomer Steve Kawaler read an August 2010 New York Times article that questioned the timing of the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day 1945, he sent a note to Donald Olson, a colleague in Texas.

Are statins the secret weapon against Ebola?

Statins, the ubiquitous and cheap drugs prescribed to hold down cholesterol levels, may be an effective way to help patients survive Ebola.

Why the sexiest flies don’t have time to lay eggs

Being too sexually attractive has real drawbacks for female fruit flies. It appears the guys just can’t leave them alone long enough to lay eggs.

Do fishy smells turn us into skeptics?

“Something smells fishy” is a widely accepted metaphor, with variants of it appearing in more than 20 languages worldwide.

Should more minority kids be in special ed?

New research suggests that minority children are less likely than otherwise similar white children to receive help for disabilities in school.

Even ‘warm’ tuna need their favorite foods

Scientists have commonly thought that endothermic, or warm-blooded, fish may be able to be more active in colder waters and thus exploit more food sources.

More money doesn’t help black families move up

When white and black families in the United States have the same household income, the white family is likely to be in the more affluent neighborhood, a new study shows.

Can writing workshops let seniors live at home?

A kind of writing workshop that includes conversations between seniors and college students enhances the sense of meaning in life for older adults living independently, new research finds.

Poppy gene unlocks new ways to make morphine

Scientists have discovered a long-sought gene in poppies that could pave the way for more effective painkillers.

Genome map could spare sheep from ‘flystrike’

Scientists have decoded the Australian sheep blowfly genome, which adds ammunition to the battle against the insidious pest.

Parrot brain is built to mimic what we say

Portions of the parrot brain—long overlooked by scientists—could explain why they’re able to imitate what people say.

Why victims of domestic abuse go to prison

Arrests of women have increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, a new paper argues.

Get ready for New Horizon’s flyby of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly through the Pluto system on July 14 at an angle of 46 degrees to the plane of the dwarf planet’s orbit, piercing the plane and then passing through the shadows first of Pluto and then of its moon, Charon.

Antarctic life is weirder than you’d think

A new look at biodiversity in the Antarctic reveals the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought.

Astronomers see dust that formed early stars

For the first time scientists have observed the dust contents of galaxies as seen just 1 billion years after the Big Bang.

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese

The number of people considered obese or overweight in the United States continues to go up, signaling an ongoing upward swing in chronic health conditions as well.