Psilocybin may help cancer patients with depression and anxiety for years

After taking a compound found in magic mushrooms, people with cancer had less anxiety and depression, even years later, a new study suggests. The...

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Close relatives of the coronavirus may have been in bats for decades

Viruses from the coronavirus lineage responsible for COVID-19 have been circulating in bats for decades, long before the virus started infecting people...

The physics of solar flares could help scientists predict imminent outbursts

Space weather forecasting is a guessing game. Predictions of outbursts from the sun are typically based on the amount of activity observed...

Boosting a liver protein may mimic the brain benefits of exercise

Exercise’s power to boost the brain might require a little help from the liver. A chemical signal from the...

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Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

The drought in southwestern North America that lasted from 2000 to 2018 is among the most severe to strike the region in...

A squid fossil offers a rare record of pterosaur feeding behavior

A fossil of a squid with a pterosaur tooth embedded in it offers extraordinary evidence of a 150-million-year-old battle at sea. While...

Squid edit their genetic material in a uniquely weird place

Squid can edit their genetic information in a place scientists didn’t expect. Longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the...
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A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

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How antibody tests work and could help fight the coronavirus

The United Kingdom has ordered 3.5 million antibody tests, which would show whether someone has been exposed to COVID-19. Such tests, which...

A squid fossil offers a rare record of pterosaur feeding behavior

A fossil of a squid with a pterosaur tooth embedded in it offers extraordinary evidence of a 150-million-year-old battle at sea. While...

Fewer worms live in mud littered with lots of microplastics

Despite growing concerns over tiny bits of plastic filling the world’s waterways, the long-term environmental effects of that debris remain murky. Now...

Psilocybin may help cancer patients with depression and anxiety for years

After taking a compound found in magic mushrooms, people with cancer had less anxiety and depression, even years later, a new study...

Heavy metal may rain from the skies of planet WASP 76b

On one distant world, “heavy metal” could be a weather forecast. Telescope observations indicate that an exoplanet nearly 400 light-years away has...

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people

Pangolins can harbor coronaviruses related to the new coronavirus, a study finds. Scientists studied viruses in pangolins (Manis javanica)...

Drugs for high blood pressure don’t appear to make COVID-19 worse

Drugs widely used to treat high blood pressure do not appear to make COVID-19 dangerously worse. Two new studies from China offer the first...