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The Chinese Red-Headed Centipede has potent venom that can block nerves in insects to allow the centipedes to prey on them. A molecule in this venom could potentially be used as a painkiller in humans, similar to morphine. Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have demonstrated that centipede venom is loaded with...

The dance and science worlds collided recently when a study from London’s Imperial College showed that ballet dancers’ brains adapt to keep them from feeling dizzy while they perform pirouettes. According to the neuroscience study, years of ballet training enables a dancer to suppress signals to the brain originating from the balance organs located within the...

Sometimes, bigger really is better. A new scientific study from the University of Glasgow reveals that the human brain processes words that refer to big things faster than the words for small things. According to the study, when it comes to both concrete and abstract words, the brain will read and understand words that describe bigger...

The findings of a recent study out of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may lead to the first therapeutic drug to slow and treat advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists developed a drug, known for now simply as J147, which was proven to reverse memory deficits in aged and aging mice models after short-term treatment. After more...

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is present in 97% of our population and is one of the most common diseases in humans. An estimated 64% of seniors 65 years and older have some sort of periodontal disease. Another common disease, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers from the University...

Well-built proteins might contribute to the long and healthy lives of naked mole rats. Proteins are a part of most functions in animal cells, but first need to fold correctly to allow them to do their jobs. A new study from the University of Rochester shows that naked mole rats create close to perfect proteins. Researchers...

Chefs, foodies, and international diners can all attest to the fact that Szechuan peppers give you a food experience unlike any other. China’s favorite spicy condiment, Szechuan peppers deliver a tingly experience straight to your lips. Not necessarily spicy on their own, the lemony Szechuan peppers are often paired with hot chilies and spices to really...

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is a coronavirus. It first made news in 2012, when a man in Saudi Arabia was found to have “SARS-like symptoms” and later died. Coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory illness in mammals, including humans. And while corona viruses are often responsible for things like the common cold, MERS has...

The sounds of a hissing snake or the crackle of a forest fire are enough to give any smart adult a fright. And parents everywhere know the importance of teaching their children the sounds of nearby peril. A new study shows that babies only months old are already paying attention to these types of audible...

There is a chemical added to dog food to keep it fresh that might be able to help prevent painful side effects from the cancer drug Taxol. Four out of five Taxol users experience hand and feet pain, called peripheral neuropathy. Some completely recover, while others have to live with debilitating pain for the rest...