Common Sweetener Linked With Anxiety in Startling New Research

Diet Cola Soda Drink

Scientists linked aspartame to anxiety-like behavior in mice in new research. Aspartame is a common artificial sweetener used in many foods and drinks, such as diet soda. Florida State University College of Medicine researchers have linked aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in nearly 5,000 diet foods and drinks, to anxiety-like behavior in mice. Along with … Read more

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Deposits First Sample on Martian Surface for Possible Return to Earth

First Perseverance Sample Tube on Martian Surface

NASA’s Perseverance rover deposited the first of several samples onto the Martian surface on December 21, 2022, the 653rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The sample tube, which is filled with rock, will be one of 10 forming a depot of tubes that the Mars Sample Return campaign could consider for … Read more

A Radical New Approach in Synthetic Chemistry

Abstract Chemistry Molecule

The researchers revealed how long-distance pull may overcome energy barriers and bring together otherwise unreactive molecules, potentially paving the way for a new approach to organic molecule synthesis. Pulse radiolysis experiments demonstrate how unpaired electrons at one end of a molecule can initiate chemistry at ‘distant’ locations. Researchers at the Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. … Read more

Up to 32 Species Thought To Be Extinct Are Still Surviving

Kyle Janes With Frog

Michigan State University doctoral student Kyle Jaynes shines a light on a harlequin frog rediscoveries in Ecuador. Credit: Alex Achig-Vega Through literature review and fieldwork, Michigan State University researchers and partners in Ecuador have discovered that up to 32 harlequin frog species that were thought to be possibly extinct are still alive in the wild. … Read more

Harvard Research Uncovers Surprising New Roles for Spinal Cord and Brainstem

Brain Body Nervous System

The studies have implications for certain human conditions characterized by touch dysfunction. According to recent research, the brainstem and spinal cord play a crucial role in processing touch signals as they travel to the brain. Almost everything we do relies on our sense of touch, from simple household chores to navigating potentially dangerous terrain. Scientists have … Read more

Do Skin Moisturizers Help Prevent Eczema?

Face Rash Eczema Young Child

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. New research says yes.  The most common chronic, recurrent, inflammatory skin disorder in children is atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as atopic eczema, and it affects 5–30% of children globally. Most AD subjects suffer from persistent skin dryness, pruritus, eczematous … Read more

Ultrafast Electronic Characterization of Proteins and Materials

Optoelectronic Resonator Electron Pulse Detector

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba use an optoelectronic resonator to increase the sensitivity of an electron pulse detector, which may lead to ultrafast electronic characterization of proteins or materials. Credit: University of Tsukuba. Researchers use an optoelectronic resonator to increase the sensitivity of an electron pulse detector, which may lead to ultrafast electronic characterization … Read more