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  1. Health & Medicine

    Here’s why pain might last after persistent urinary tract infections

    Experiments in mice reveal that the immune response to a UTI spurs nerve growth in the bladder and lowers the pain threshold.

  2. Planetary Science

    The desert planet in ‘Dune’ is plausible, according to science

    Humans could live on the fictional planet Arrakis from Dune but (thankfully) no giant sandworms would menace them.

  3. Animals

    Giant tortoise migration in the Galápagos may be stymied by invasive trees

    An invasion of Spanish cedar trees on Santa Cruz Island may block the seasonal migration routes of the island's giant tortoise population.

  4. Health & Medicine

    More than 1 billion people worldwide are now estimated to have obesity

    A new analysis suggests that the prevalence of obesity has doubled in women, tripled in men and quadrupled in children and adolescents from 1990 to 2022.

  5. Climate

    Waterlogged soils can give hurricanes new life after they arrive on land

    New studies show that the long-hypothesized “brown ocean effect” is real, helping to refuel 2018’s Hurricane Florence and other storms after landfall.

  6. Planetary Science

    Odysseus’ historic moon mission comes to an end, for now

    Officials announced that the lunar lander has downloaded data from all payloads and will go to sleep February 28, but possibly reawaken later.

  7. Genetics

    A genetic parasite may explain why humans and other apes lack tails

    Around 25 million years ago, a stretch of DNA inserted itself into an ancestral ape’s genome, an event that might have taken our tails away.

  8. Artificial Intelligence

    Why large language models aren’t headed toward humanlike understanding

    Unlike people, today's generative AI isn’t good at learning concepts that it can apply to new situations.

  9. Animals

    The Brazilian flea toad may be the world’s smallest vertebrate

    Brazilian flea toads are neither a flea nor a toad, but they are almost flea-sized. The frogs are small enough to fit on a pinkie fingernail.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Snake venom toxins can be neutralized by a new synthetic antibody

    A lab-made protein protected mice from lethal doses of paralyzing toxins found in a variety of snakes, a new study reports.

  11. Plants

    On hot summer days, this thistle is somehow cool to the touch

    In hot Spanish summers, the thistle Carlina corymbosa is somehow able to cool itself substantially below air temperature.

  12. Math

    How two outsiders tackled the mystery of arithmetic progressions

    Computer scientists made progress on a decades-old puzzle in a subfield of mathematics known as combinatorics.