Touch and taste? It’s all in the tentacles

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Scientists identified a novel family of sensors in the first layer of cells inside the suction cups that have adapted to react and detect molecules that don’t dissolve well in water. The research suggests these sensors, called chemotactile receptors, use these molecules to help the animal figure out what it’s touching… […]

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Positive outlook predicts less memory decline

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A new study finds that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful — what psychologists call ‘positive affect’ — are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. This result adds to a growing body of research on positive affect’s role in healthy aging. … […]

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Cometary Activity Spotted on Distant Centaur

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A team of astronomers from Northern Arizona University and Lowell Observatory has discovered cometary activity on 2014 OG392, a distant centaur object discovered in 2014. Centaurs are minor planets thought to have originated in the outer region of our Solar System known as the Kuiper Belt. Active centaurs enigmatically display prominent… […]

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Where were Jupiter and Saturn born?

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New work reveals the likely original locations of Saturn and Jupiter. These findings refine our understanding of the forces that determined our Solar System’s unusual architecture, including the ejection of an additional planet between Saturn and Uranus, ensuring that only small, rocky planets, like Earth, formed inward of Jupiter. … […]

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A drop in temperature

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In the nearly two centuries since 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37.0 degrees Celsius) was established as the standard ‘normal’ body temperature, it has been used as the measure by which fevers have been assessed. Over time, however, lower body temperatures have been widely reported in healthy adults — for example, in recent… […]

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