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Scientists just found something new in our mouths

August 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered a new type of taste cell that can detect the full rank of taste stimuli. The cells are different from the previously known taste bud cells in that they have multiple pathways to send signals to the brain, regardless of the type of taste stimuli. The research was conducted using mouse models. …

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Living in space might permanently make your brain bigger

April 15th, 2020

The brains of astronauts show permanent changes to volume even after returning to Earth, a new study suggests. Space station travelers had brain scans before and after their trips to space, and the changes in brain volume were noticeable. Researchers still aren’t sure how these changes may affect the astronauts over the long term. Visit …

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Female Komodo dragon gives birth without sex, don’t need no man

March 10th, 2020

A female Komodo dragon at the Chattanooga Zoo reproduced without a mate.  DNA tests on her three hatchlings revealed she gave birth to them without fertilization.  Few species are capable of this feat, called parthenogenesis.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. A female Komodo dragon named Charlie, under the care of Tennessee’s Chattanooga Zoo, has …

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Alien life on distant planets almost certainly exists, scientist says

March 9th, 2020

Scientist says that life almost certainly exists outside of Earth.  However, based on the odds of RNA formation, life is likely very rare and will be near impossible for us to actually find.  The work was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The question of whether or not …

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This animal doesn’t breathe, and it’s a first for science

February 25th, 2020

Earth has an incredible diversity of animal life. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and lives in just about every type of environment our planet has to offer. There are, however, a number of things that all animal life has in common. Now, according to a new paper published in Proceedings of the National …

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Space can make your blood flow backwards

November 14th, 2019

NASA wants to send humans to Mars. Much of the technology to make such a mission a reality is already in place, and other vital systems could be developed in time for a crewed trip to the Red Planet in the 2030s. It’s exciting, but the journey will be long, and one serious question remains …