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Potent compound in snail venom could be painkiller to end opioid epidemic

The compound targets a different pain pathway in the body than that of opioids.<p>A compound extracted from the venom of a small marine snail may act as …

New resource for optical chips

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total …

NASA Scientists Have a Plan to Make Pluto a Planet Again

“It’s bullshit,” Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, has said about the demotion of Pluto from the ranks of …

Plane-sized flying reptile was a feared killer in Transylvania

A giant flying reptile the size of a plane may have been the largest and most feared predator in ancient Transylvania. After examining the enormous neck vertebrae of a creature called Hatzegopteryx– a pterosaur with a 32–foot wingspan and giant beak– researchers now believe it was a fierce …

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.<p>Recent measurements of the distances and velocities of faraway galaxies don’t agree with a hard-won “standard model” of the cosmos that has …

Why astronauts are banned from getting drunk in space

From wine being sipped on the moon to whisky on a space station, space travel has had a long and complex relationship with alcohol.<p>Travelling thousands of miles above the Earth, into the great inky unknown, is hard work. It’s stressful and scary. So why shouldn’t astronauts treat themselves to an …

World Whale Day 2017: An Update On Mass Strandings

<b>In recognition of world whale day tomorrow this article covers one of the stranger and sadder phenomenon in the cetacean world.</b><p>Last Thursday, …

Image: Star formation on filaments in RCW106

Stars are bursting into life all over this image from ESA's Herschel space observatory. It depicts the giant molecular cloud RCW106, a massive billow …

This Squid Gives Better Side-Eye Than You - Inkfish

By Elizabeth Preston | February 20, 2017 1:30 pm<p>Yes, this cephalopod is looking at you funny. It’s a kind of cockeyed squid—an animal that looks like …

Life Recovered Faster Than We Thought From Earth's Worst Mass Extinction

Even the Great Dying couldn't hold life down.<p>Life appears to have recovered faster than we thought after the worst mass extinction event in our …

The US Needs to Seriously Beef Up Its Volcano Monitoring

Earlier this month, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maria Cantwell of Washington introduced a bill to establish a National Volcano Early Warning …

Resurrecting Wooly Mammoths Will Reverse-Engineer Extinction

A Harvard professor says elephant-mammoth embryos are only two years away.<p>Scientists at Harvard say they are close to creating a cold-adapted version …