High levels of nitric oxide, a signaling chemical in the brain, appear to contribute to the behavioral deficits observed in autism.
Bio-inspired device mimics natural hearing to outshine cochlear implants
Mimicking a part of the inner ear, a specialized hearing device converts vibrations into nerve signals without needing a battery.
Soft robot transports and delivers drugs inside the gut
A shape-shifting robot can access hard-to-reach locations in the GI tract, and is a step up from conventional endoscopic techniques.
Macaques challenge the origin of tool invention
Stone flakes made unintentionally by monkeys may be common and confused with stone artifacts left behind by the earliest humans.
Blue-green algae bind rare earth elements
Biosorption could help in the recycling and reuse of rare earth elements.
3D cell spheroid promotes spinal cord repair in mice
Stem-cell laden nanostructures prevented cell death while promoting growth and differentiation to help repair the spine following injury.
Gaucher disease may have provided genetic protection against tuberculosis
The genetic variant that causes Gaucher disease may have helped breakdown tuberculosis-causing bacteria in cells through lipid buildup.
Sharing misinformation is habitual, not just lazy or biased
The spread of misinformation on social media is often blamed on users, but new findings challenge the misconception that political prejudice and a lack of critical thinking are solely responsible.
Scientists discover a new protective layer in the brain
The newly discovered layer has an almost imperceptible width, allowing it to escape the notice of older imaging and experimental techniques.
Nevada’s ichthyosaur graveyard: Shedding light on a prehistoric mystery
Nearly 200 million years before modern whales, school bus-sized marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs may have been making similar migrations to ancient breeding grounds.