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Top Science News
May 6, 2020

Mars illustration (stock image; elements furnished by NASA). | Credit: (c) grejak /

Organic Molecules in Martian Meteorites

Neuron illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) /

Spinal Cord and Optic Nerve Neurons Regenerated

Microplastics in water (stock image). | Credit: (c) dottedyeti /

Highest Level Ever of Microplastics On Seafloor

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Eyes Send Unexpected Signal to the Brain

 New research has found that a subset of retinal neurons sends inhibitory signals to the brain. Before, researchers believed the eye only sends excitatory … read more 
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Health News
May 6, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) dermatzke /

Key Nose Cells: COVID-19 Virus Entry Points

Sars-CoV-2 virus illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) dottedyeti /

Cells Likely Targeted by COVID-19 Virus ID’d

Clock by bed (stock image). | Credit: (c) Bits and Splits /

Link Between Obesity, Sleep Loss: Worm Study

Carbon dioxide in air concept illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) frenta /

Rising Carbon Dioxide May Impair Cognition

 New research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to … read more 
Latest Health Headlines
updated 1:05am EDT

Physical/Tech News
May 6, 2020

Hubble Space Telescope (stock image; elements furnished by NASA). | Credit: (c) zenobillis /

Exoplanet Apparently Disappears

Discarded fishing net in ocean (stock image). | Credit: (c) Richard Carey /

Faster-Degrading Plastic for Cleaner Seas

Brain-computer interface abstract illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) knssr /

Stabilizing Brain-Computer Interfaces

View of Milky Way from Earth (stock image). | Credit: (c) narathip12 /

Milky Way Could Be Catapulting Stars Into Halo

 Astronomers have shown that clusters of supernovas can cause the birth of scattered, eccentrically orbiting suns in outer stellar halos, upending commonly held notions of how star systems have formed … read more 
Latest Physical/Tech Headlines
updated 1:05am EDT

Environment News
May 6, 2020

The word 'hello' in different languages (stock image). | Credit: (c) JJAVA /

Human Language Pathway: 25 Million Years Old

Cell division concept illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) Siarhei /

Single-Cell Studies in Virtual Embryo

Field being irrigated (stock image). | Credit: (c) TheFotos /

Changes in Snowmelt Threaten Western US Farms

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Relying On ‘Local Food:’ Distant Dream for Most

 A recent study shows that less than one-third of the world’s population could currently meet their demand for food produced in their local … read more 
Latest Environment Headlines
updated 1:05am EDT

Society/Education News
May 6, 2020

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Decisions: People Often Rely of Gut Feeling

Children and tablet computers (stock image). | Credit: (c) Syda Productions /

Tech Not Hurting Kids’ Social Skills: Study

Global virus and disease spread concept (stock image). | Credit: (c) denisismagilov /

Epidemic Spread: Accounting for Mutations

Social distancing concept with domino pieces (stock image). | Credit: (c) dottedyeti /

Social Distancing Lessens Spread of COVID-19

 A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, … read more 
Latest Society/Education Headlines
updated 1:05am EDT

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