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  1. Neuroscience

    Two distinct neural pathways may make opioids like fentanyl so addictive

    A study in mice looked at how feelings of reward and withdrawal that opioids trigger play out in two separate circuits in the brain.

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  2. Health & Medicine

    Human body lice could harbor the plague and spread it through biting 

    Rats and fleas previously got all the blame, but humans’ own parasites could be involved.

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  3. Environment

    ‘The High Seas’ tells of the many ways humans are laying claim to the ocean

    The book explains how the race for ocean resources from fish to ores to new medicines — the Blue Acceleration — is playing out.

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  4. Animals

    Sumatran orangutans start crafting their engineering skills as infants

    By 6 months old, young orangutans are experimenting with construction materials, and by 6 years old, they are building platforms 20 meters in the air.

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  5. Neuroscience

    The heart plays a hidden role in our mental health

    Deciphering the messages that the heart sends to the brain could lead to new anxiety treatments and even unlock the secrets of consciousness.

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  6. Health & Medicine

    Genetic analyses of the bird flu virus unveil its evolution and potential

    The H5N1 outbreak in cattle is giving flashbacks to the COVID pandemic. But this time is different.

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  7. Neuroscience

    How smart was T. rex?

    A debate over how to count neurons in dinosaurs is raising questions about how to understand extinct animals’ behavior.

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  8. Paleontology

    How did an ancient shark parasite end up fossilized in tree resin?

    A worm preserved in 99-million-year-old amber resembles modern flatworms in shark intestines. The rare finding has scientists stumped.

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  9. Animals

    Tiger beetles may weaponize ultrasound against bats

    In response to recordings of echolocating bats, tiger beetles emit noises that mimic toxic moths that bats avoid.

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