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clockNov 12 2021, 14:37 UTC

Injectable Gel Reverses Paralysis In Mice With Damaged Spinal Cords

A single injection of a newly developed drug has been shown to reverse paralysis in mice with severe spinal cord injuries, promoting regeneration of severed nerves and the repair of other vital tissues, with rodents to regaining the ability to walk within four weeks. Consisting of an array of peptides, these nanofibers assemble into a gel around the wound and communicate with cells to promote healing.

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COP26: China And US Sign Surprise Deal To Tackle Climate Crisis

A framework agreement announced on Wednesday by US special presidential climate envoy John Kerry and China's special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow sees the two countries pledge to boost their efforts to cut emissions, edge away from fossil fuels, and increase climate action in the 2020s. As the two biggest global emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, the agreement has been seen as a welcome move by many.

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Most Premature Baby To Ever Survive Born 132 Days Early, A New World Record

A sixteen-month-old baby has set a new world record: born 132 days early, he is officially the most premature baby ever to survive. When Curtis Means was born, he weighed just 420 grams – that’s less than one-eighth the weight of the average newborn. It took 275 days of round-the-clock care in a specialist neonatal intensive care unit – about as long as a full-term pregnancy – before Curtis was ready to be discharged.

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Whopping 35 New Black Hole Collisions Spotted, Including One Merger Mystery

The international LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration has announced observations of a whopping 35 new events that released gravitational waves, tiny vibrations in the fabric of space-time. The final one has scientists uncertain as to exactly what type of compact object was involved. The one uncertain merger event is believed to be between a black hole 24 times the mass of our Sun and a much lighter black hole around 2.8 solar masses.

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Incredibly Well-Preserved Roman Slave Quarters Unearthed At Pompeii

The excavation of a remarkably well-preserved slave room has shed light on the ancient servants of Pompeii. Measuring just 16 square meters, the room contained three rudimentary beds made of wooden planks that can be adjusted according to the height of the user. Two beds measured 1.7 meters while the third was only 1.4 meters long, suggesting that the room may have been home to a slave family of two adults and a child.

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"Period Poops" Are A Thing, And This Is Why You Get Them

If you've ever noticed that you poop more on your period, fear not: you are not alone. So what causes “period poops”?

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