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7 ways Earth would change if our Moon were destroyed

We take for granted how much the Moon does for Earth, but not all of the changes would be bad.<p><i>“If we get rid of the moon, women, those menstrual</i> …

Astronomy

Here’s What Happens to Your Brain in Space

Scientists already know a lot more than they used to about what space can do to the body, thanks in large part to identical twin astronauts Scott and …

New in Gut Health: Fungi’s Impact on the Body

The role of the gut in our overall well-being seems to grow bigger with every new study. But while attention—and research dollars—have focused on the …

Microbiology

Could Probiotics Replace Prozac?

0<p>SHARES<p><i>Depression is a complex disease, but new research on mice is promising.</i><p><b>By Tom Jacobs</b><p>(Photo: Reymark Franke/Unsplash)<p>Not that long ago, people …

Neuroscience

A New Technique Makes It Possible to Regrow Bones

Combining New Technologies<p>A research team from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago just repaired a hole in the skull of a mouse by …

Scientists Have Found Some Much-Needed Clues About The Genetic Cause of Social Anxiety

We're getting closer to figuring this out.<p>Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be a debilitating condition, but like many mental health disorders, …

Depression

Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert

Named by one of the few Egyptian women to pursue paleontology, the new fish species swam beside leggy whales 37 million years ago.<p>A new species of ancient animal plucked from the sands of Egypt is offering insight into the evolution of one of the most recognizable aquatic groups on Earth: the …

How gene editing could help rid the world of its biggest killer

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer. In 2012 an estimated 17.5 million people died from the condition, a figure that represented …

Genetics

New Up-Close Images of Saturn's Tiny Moon Prove It's a Dumpling

Since it launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been giving us unprecedented views of Saturn and its (many) moons. But this week, the …

Can we delay ageing?

Quietly, over the past few decades, remarkable discoveries have been made about the biology of ageing. Since we all get older, it might seem that …

Biochemistry

Oldest croc eggs discovered in dinosaur nest

<b>The oldest crocodilian eggs known to science have been discovered in the cliffs of western Portugal.</b><p>They are so well preserved that they give an insight into the "mother croc" that laid them 152 million years ago.<p>The prehistoric crocodile ancestor would have spanned two metres, based on the size of …

Dinosaurs

Fitness trackers on elephants reveal they sleep less than any other mammal on Earth

How do you measure the sleep of a mammal weighing several tonnes, that could flatten you in seconds? Tranquilise it and tuck a fitness tracker in its …

Wildlife