Sleeping Brain, Bamboo Glass, Leprosy & Squirrels
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18h ago
Today, you’ll learn about how sleep isn’t the brain detoxifier we thought it was, a new glass made out of bamboo, and the connection between leprosy and red squirrels in medieval England.     Sleeping Brain    “Sleep does not help brain wash out toxins, study suggests.” by Hannah Devlin. 2024.   “The sleep-deprived human brain.” by Adam J. Krause, et al. 2017.   “Brain clearance is reduced during sleep and anesthesia.” by Andawei Miao, et al. 2024.     Bamboo Glass    “A Novel Flame-Retardant, Smoke-Suppressing, and Super ..read more
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Tobacco Treatment, Clean Touchscreen, Parrot Stepdads
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by Discovery
3d ago
Today, you’ll learn about a new and stimulating method that could potentially help smokers kick the habit, an innovative copper coating that kills bacteria on touchscreens, and the little birds that sometimes make for great stepdads.     Tobacco Treatment    “Can brain stimulation help people kick their tobacco addiction?” by Eric W. Dolan. 2024.   “Why Won’t Our Patients Stop Smoking?” by David M. Mannino, MD. 2009.   “A randomized controlled trial of intermittent theta burst stimulation to the medial prefrontal cortex for tobacco use disorder: Cl ..read more
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Shark Oil, Eco-Friendly Lubricant, Historic Land Management
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by Discovery
1w ago
Today, you’ll learn about the demand for a compound called squalene that is decimating deepwater shark populations, an amazing effort to create an eco-friendly lubricant using green chemistry, and the surprising connection between shepherds, women, and wildfires.    Shark Oil     “Deepwater Sharks Are Threatened by Demand for Liver Oil.” by David Shiffman. 2024.   “100 Million Sharks Killed Every Year, Study Show On Eve of International Conference on Shark Protection.” National Geographic. 2013.   “Fishing for oil and meat drives irreversible defau ..read more
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Thresher Shark, Laron Syndrome, Sad Music
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by Discovery
1w ago
Today, you’ll learn about the incredible dynamics that make the thresher shark so good at threshing, how people with a rare growth disorder might actually have an advantage that leads to longer lifespans, and why people listen to sad music.     Thresher Shark     Fear the Tails, Not the Jaws, of These ‘Weirdo’ Sharks.” by Kate Golembiewski. 2024.   “Vertebral morphology in the tail-whipping common thresher shark, Alopias vulpinus.” by Jamie L. Knaub, et al. 2024.     Laron Syndrome    “People with Rare Longevity Mutation May A ..read more
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Newborn Great White, Long-Term Flu Shot, Consciousness Map
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by Discovery
2w ago
Today, you’ll learn about the possible holy grail of great white shark sightings, a new flu vaccine that could knock out every strain and last a long time, and a map of human consciousness.     Newborn Great White    “Great white sighting may reveal ‘holy grail’ of shark science.” by Katie Hunt. 2024.   “Novel aerial observations of a possible newborn white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in Southern California.” by Carlos Gauna & Phillip C. Sternes. 2024.     Long-Term Flu Shot    “New strategy could lead to universal, long-las ..read more
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Hammerhead Embryos, Free Throw Touch, Kinky Alloy
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by Discovery
2w ago
Today, you’ll learn about the rare study of a hammerhead shark embryo, how touching your teammate might help them make free throws, and a super alloy that doesn’t break - it kinks.     Hammerhead Embryos    “Secrets of Hammerhead Sharks Revealed in ‘Very Rare’ Images.” by Robyn White. 2024.   “Bonnethead shark.” David A. Ebert, et al. 2021.   “Are Hammerhead Sharks Dangerous and Do They Attack Humans?” by Robyn White. 2022.   “Embryonic development in the bonnethead (Sphyrna tiburo), a viviparous hammerhead shark.” by Steven R. Byrum, et ..read more
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Giant Shark, Barred Owl Cull, Misophonia Stress
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by Discovery
2w ago
Today, you’ll learn about a massive prehistoric shark, the controversial plan to kill millions of barred owls, and how a condition called misophonia could be linked to stress and trauma.     Giant Shark    “Ancient, 30-foot relative of great white shark unearthed in Mexico quarry.” by Melissa Hobson. 2024.   “Exceptionally preserved shark fossils from Mexico elucidate the long-standing enigma of the Cretaceous elasmobranch Ptychodus.” by Romain Vullo, et al. 2024.   “Cretaceous period: Animals, plants and extinction event.” by Michael Dhar. 2022.&n ..read more
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Robotic Nerve Cuffs, Orangutan Medicine, Ritual Nostalgia
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by Discovery
3w ago
Today, you’ll learn about tiny robotic nerve cuffs, an orangutan that treated its own wound with medicine, and how nostalgia encourages us to take part in rituals.     Robotic Nerve Cuffs    “Robotic nerve ‘cuffs’ could help treat a range of neurological conditions.” University of Cambridge. 2024.   “Peripheral Nervous System (PNS).” Cleveland Clinic. 2022.  “Electrochemically actuated microelectrodes for minimally invasive peripheral nerve interfaces.” by Chaoqun Dong, et al. 2024.     Orangutan Medicine    “In a first, an or ..read more
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Universal Donors, Exercise & Time, Eggshell Plastic
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by Discovery
3w ago
Today, you’ll learn about a new way to turn certain blood types into universal blood types that could save countless lives, how exercise makes time slow down, and the new plastic made of eggshells that could clean up our water and stop plastic pollution.     Universal Donors    “Bacterial enzyme strips away blood types to create universal donor blood.” by Paul McClure. 2024.   “Blood safety and availability.” WHO. 2023.   “Facts About Blood and Blood Types.” American Red Cross. 2024.   “Akkermansia muciniphila exoglycosidases target exten ..read more
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Microgravity Effects, Octocoral, Menstrual Sync
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by Discovery
3w ago
Today, you’ll learn about how microgravity affects sleep and physiological rhythms, the half a billion year old bioluminescent octocoral, and the truth about women’s synchronized menstrual cycles.    Microgravity Effects    “Simulated microgravity affects sleep and physiological rhythms.” EurekAlert! 2024.   “Effect of 60 days of head down tilt bed rest on amplitude and phase of rhythms in physiology and sleep in men.” by Maria-Angeles Bonmati-Carrion, et al. 2024.     Octocorals    “Glowing octocorals have been around for at least 540 ..read more
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