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Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? A new study purports to answer the question. But can we apply this to how we deliver news? Well, I have good news, and I have bad news.

Thank insects and microbes that we aren’t over our knees in feces

Ever wondered why you’re not drowning in poop? Scientists harnessed the power of citizen science to find the beetles and microbes we can thank for that.

Sexy male mice have competitive moms

Moms allowed to compete for mates produce sons that make sexy pheromones, live hard and die young. How? Epigenetics.

Gene that boosts Alzheimer’s risk might protect against it too

Carrying certain genetic versions of apolipoprotein E is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A new study looks at the effects of different types of APOE on the major markers of Alzheimer’s in mice and shows that all forms are not equal.

People prefer to just get pain over with

A new study shows that people would rather experience pain ASAP, even if it means experiencing more pain.

The memory benefits of distraction

We usually think of distraction as a bad thing for memory. But under certain conditions, distraction may help rather than hurt.

Keeping wine fine for a longer time

Trace metals in wine can be oxidized, producing browning and a nasty smell. A new study shows how we might be able to keep wine fine using chelators. The catch? You may not be able to drink it.

Male contraceptive test targets sperm's travel route

Most efforts at a male contraceptive have focused on hormones, trying to stop production of sperm. A new study in mice explores leaving the sperm to themselves, and instead stops their transport.

Lighting up the lightning speed of vesicle formation

While the release of neurotransmitters from vesicles is speedy, we always thought vesicle formation was slow. It turns out that vesicle formation can zip along much faster than we thought.

You are what your dad ate, perhaps

Your development is affected by what your mother ate while she was pregnant with you. Is it also affected by what your father ate? A new study suggests that folate deficiency in dads can affect their offspring through epigenetic changes.
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