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Vital Seagrasses in Gulf of Mexico Are Retreating Amid Rapid Sea Level Rise

At the Gulf Coast, rising sea levels are linked to a loss of valuable seagrass habitats in Texas, new research has found.

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Climate Change and Habitat Loss Are Big Factors in Frog Pandemic

The worldwide decline in frog populations is due to a fast-spreading infection, but people also play a role.

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Increased Use of Paxlovid Could Cut Hospitalizations, Deaths and Costs

Epidemiologists found that treating even 20% of symptomatic cases would save lives and improve public health.

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First Brainwide Map Shows How Sex and Intimacy Rewire the Brain

Steven Phelps and his team found 68 brain regions in prairie voles associated with mating and bonding.

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Scientists Develop New Theory to Understand Why Our Perception is Biased

Researchers examined decades of data to create a unifying theory to explain biases in perception.

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Scientists Uncover Technique to Cut Off Cancer’s Fuel Supply

The discovery could lead to better treatments for acute myeloid leukemia in vulnerable populations.

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Discovery of Ultra-Massive Galaxies May Not Rewrite Cosmology, But Still Leaves Questions

Based on the most widely accepted cosmological model, they shouldn’t have been able to evolve until much later in the history of the Universe.

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Researchers Discover New Ways to Excite Spin Waves with Extreme Infrared Light

New ultrafast method for controlling magnetic materials might enable next-generation information processing technologies.

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Researchers Uncover Potential Non-Opioid Treatment for Chronic Pain

A new approach to treating neuropathic pain is making a key step forward thanks to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Genes That ‘Don’t Play Well Together’ Drive Development of Distinct Species

Justin Havird, Erik Iverson and their colleagues have identified genes involved in hybrid incompatibility in swordtail fishes.

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