Selected Popular Science Clips

Insight into Insect Pain—and Scientific Research

Undergrad Daniel Caron discovers how some insects sense and respond to pain, and may have created a new model for scientists

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Starved snails move slowly through resource-rich environments

To test how patterns of movement change through time in landscapes that vary in the amount of available food, researchers from Washington University of St Louis built their own tiny landscapes for the freshwater snail to cruise through

The Conversation
Eating royal poop improves parenting in naked mole-rats

Hive-minded naked mole-rats work together to care for the queen’s offspring, and eating her poop gives them hormones to boost nurturing instincts.

Massive Science
Gender bias is all too real-and dangerous-in the doctor’s office

The Netflix film ‘Brain on Fire’ underscores, yet again, the need to rethink diagnostic protocols.

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Sex makes Mongolian gerbils better dads

Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico used a combination of behavioral and physiological studies to investigate how the rodents make the switch from assailants to great fathers.

Countering the Negative Effects of a Common Antidepressant

A depression medication carries a small risk for pregnant women of adverse side effects on their children’s development. Now a Tufts team might have found a way to counter these effects in fruit flies.

The Dallas Morning News
How you can supercharge your brain from the comfort of your home

The Center for BrainHealth is studying whether training can lead to long-lasting changes to the brain.

The Boston Globe
Why we need more scientists in government

Imagine a cabinet where all members are scientists.

Massive Science
Sexual pleasure might help us learn-if rats are any guide

New research suggests that opioids released during sex improve rats’ performance.

Massive Science
These corals love the warming oceans

Japanese coral communities are expanding in response to warming temperatures, but the effects could be disastrous.

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Sun and wind cues guide dung-rolling beetles across the savannah

Researchers from Swedish, German and South African universities suggest that the beetles can also steer based on changes in wind direction.

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Egg temperature affects chicks’ clumsiness

Researchers at Florida International University recently used bobwhite quail eggs to test whether incubation temperatures influence the way chicks walk.