Shocking the Brain—A Potential Treatment for Anorexia? Researchers stimulated the reward center of the brain in anorexic women for up to 2 years using an implant. Results showed weight gain in 12/28 women, along with improvements in their mental health

Researchers stimulated the reward center of the brain in anorexic women for up to 2 years. Results showed weight gain in anorexic women who starved themselves, and improvements in their mental health.

High body fat is associated with sleeping problems A study on worms found that problems with the kin-29 gene, similar to a sleep gene in humans, was linked to low energy levels, excess fat, and trouble sleeping. Metabolizing body fat helped to promote sleep.

Sleep provides a lot of health benefits, but scientists are still scratching their heads on how to get people to sleep more. A study on worms found that problems with the kin-29 gene, similar to a sleep gene in humans, was linked to low energy levels, excess fat, and trouble sleeping. Metabolizing body fat helped to promote sleep.

Can cigarette butts on the beach influence the local environment? A study of burned and unburned cigarettes found that water chemistry and microbes living in Mediterranean beach sediments changed after 4 days of exposure to a cigarette filter.

A study of burned and unburned cigarettes found that water chemistry and microbes living in Mediterranean beach sediments changed after 4 days of exposure to a cigarette filter.

Strange microbes found living in caves of sulfuric acid Researchers studying a sulfuric acid cave in Italy are among the first to describe organisms found living in gypsum, an acidic mineral deposit found on the cave walls.

Researchers studying a sulfuric acid cave in Italy are among the first to describe organisms found living in gypsum, an acidic mineral deposit found on the cave walls.

Antibody testing for coronavirus: what does the science say? Antibody-based testing may be able to catch positive cases missed by PCR, but it is still not accurate enough to be used as a standalone test. For best results, it should be combined with PCR testing and doctors' observations.

Are there better ways to detect the coronavirus in our body? A small study from China suggests antibody testing as a potentially more accurate method to find the coronavirus, even in people showing no symptoms.

A new understanding of weather on Saturn The Cassini spacecraft revealed the atmosphere of Saturn has large regions that don’t cycle to the poles and that the atmosphere is filled with waves that disrupt circulation.

The Cassini spacecraft revealed the atmosphere of Saturn has large regions that don’t cycle to the poles and that the atmosphere is filled with waves that disrupt circulation.

What can sulfur-eating microbes teach us about life in extreme environments? Microbes living in an extreme environment hosted by a rock called serpentinite use a variety of sulfur compounds to gain energy and survive, which has implications for life that might exist elsewhere in our Universe.

Microbes on Earth have adapted to survive in some pretty extreme locations. The extreme dryness of deserts, high salinity in salt deposits, cold temperatures of glaciers, and even high pressures of the deep ocean don’t stop some life forms. Another READ MORE

More than decomposers: fungi influence the recovery of pollutants in the environment Researchers found a hidden selenium cycle tied to manganese oxide minerals made by common soil fungi.

Researchers found a hidden selenium cycle tied to manganese oxide minerals made by common soil fungi.

How genes taught us about the origin of novel coronavirus A group of scientists collected samples from some of the initially infected COVID-19 patients to show its similarities to other coronavirus infections in humans and animals, allowing them to track where it may have come from.

A group of scientists collected samples from some of the initially infected COVID-19 patients to show its similarities to other coronavirus infections in humans and animals, allowing them to track where may have come from.