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Why Acid Trips Last So Very, Very Long

People who have “experimented” with LSD know that its mind-altering effects can last upwards of 18 to 24 hours, which is unusual for a hallucinogenic drug. After nearly 30 years of research, scientists have finally mapped the physical structure of this fascinating molecule, revealing why it tends to linger in the brain. Read More >>

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Poisonous Snail Goo Could Rescue Diabetics

Cone snails employ a fast-acting venom to paralyse their prey. But what is bad news for fish is good news for diabetics. New research suggests the “weaponised insulin” produced by these sea critters is far more efficient than conventional medicines used to treat high blood sugar. Read More >>

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Scientists Have an Insane Plan to Stop These Rhinos From Going Extinct

In a lush conservation park in central Kenya, the world’s last three northern white rhinos are unable to breed. When they die, the subspecies will go extinct. That is unless a complex, controversial plan involving tissue cryobanks and test tube embryos can actually work. Read More >>

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Bloodthirsty Ticks Have a Seriously Weird Genome

Ticks—those unbreakable, blood-lusting arthropods that haunt your summer camp memories—have some fascinating genetic secrets. The tick genome tells a tale of weaponised spit, expandable armour, and how to drink 100 times one’s body weight in blood. Strangest of all, it’s utterly enormous. Read More >>

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Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimers Patients

You are looking at freshly made human neurons, or brain cells. But they used to be common skin cells. And their existence could change how we treat Alzheimers. Read More >>