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man in pain

PAIN GAIN  A protein that detects pain also triggers production of pain-soothing opioids, new experiments with rodent cells reveal.

illustration of Planet 9

BIG IF TRUE  If it does exist, Planet 9 probably resides somewhere between 500 and 600 times Earth’s distance from the sun. Its discovery would be big news in science.

phagocytosis

REACH OUT AND TOUCH  A membrane tendril stretches from a human cell to wrap around a silicon nanowire — the start of phagocytosis, this scanning electron microscopy image suggests.

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