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Ovarian hormones may fuel binge eating risk - Futurity

During a woman's menstrual cycle, ovarian hormones turn genetic risk for emotional eating and binge eating on and off in the body.

Growing Micro-Brains From Skin Cells Sheds Light On Autism

And a possible way to reverse it<p>To understand the mechanisms behind autism, researchers grew miniature human brains from the stem cells of autism patients. The resulting "brain organoids" revealed that a genetic mutation causes the brain to overproduce inhibitory neurons, which dampens how signals …

Here’s Why Screams Raise Your Mental Alarm

It’s because the sound oscillates in a unique way<p>Screams can jar you from a deep sleep, instantly making you feel panicked even if you were in the deepest state of relaxation. Now researchers from New York University understand why screams affect us the way they do: the frequency of the sound …

3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet - Futurity

In order to feed a growing world population—a predicted 10.5 billion by 2050—scientists are brainstorming ways to make plants more efficient.

An Asteroid Mining Test Vehicle Just Launched From The Space Station

Robo space miners, deploy!<p>Planetary Resources, a company that wants to mine asteroids for precious materials, has just launched a demonstration vehicle to test out its asteroid mining technologies. The breadbox-sized Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) is so-named because the original Arkyd 3 died a fiery death …

How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding In China

Air pollution isn't just bad for your health.It can have dramatic effects on weather and climate. In fact, a team of scientists believes that air pollution from industries and traffic could have caused the extreme floods that devastated southwest China in 2013.<p>In July of that year, China's Sichuan …

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Scientists 'stumped' by odd geologic feature on Pluto's moon Charon

NASA's New Horizons mission has revealed that Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is full of surprises, including a strange feature that scientists are calling "a mountain in a moat."<p>You can see it in the upper left corner of the inset in the image above.<p>"This is a feature that has geologists stunned and …

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