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Sexual differences in pain sensation could be due to differing pain receptors

Sexual differences in pain sensation could be due to differing pain receptors

Neuroscience

By Rosa García-Verdugo

Pain is highly personal. What to some doesn’t even deserve the name, for others can be unbereable. Now, we just discovered a difference in how we feel it: men and women have different pain receptors. Recent research has demonstrated in rodents and, importantly, primates including humans, that there are sex differences in pain receptors, also […]

MI weekly selection #565

MI weekly selection #565

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Newfound ancient reptile suggests complex ecosystems Paleontologists have uncovered a previously unknown species of small land reptiles, Parvosuchus aurelioi, that lived about 237 million years ago, walked on four legs and used bladelike teeth to tear flesh. “The presence of this small predator among fossils of much larger predators suggests that these ecosystems, where Brazil […]

Increasing superconducting critical temperature by enhancing electron-phonon coupling

Increasing superconducting critical temperature by enhancing electron-phonon coupling

DIPC Advanced materials

By DIPC

Topology has been at the forefront of condensed matter physics for the past two decades, influencing our understanding of quantum materials and phenomena. More recently, it has however become clear that a more general concept, that of quantum geometry, manifests itself in a series of quantum phenomena involving flat electronic bands. In condensed matter physics […]

Misunderstanding idealization, truth, and understanding (1)

Misunderstanding idealization, truth, and understanding (1)

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

Angela Potochnik’s Idealization and the Aims of Science is probably one of the most interesting and ambitious philosophy of science books of the last years. It offers a picture of scientific knowledge and of its production that elaborates on, and wisely amends, some of the best literature in the recent ‘pragmatist’ tradition of philosophy of […]

MI weekly selection #564

MI weekly selection #564

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Earth’s inner core may have started slowing spin in 2010 Seismograms confirm Earth’s inner core has slowed its rotation for the first time in decades, possibly beginning in 2010 because of gravitational pull or the liquid iron outer core’s constant motion, which generates the planet’s magnetic field. The slowdown could change the length of a […]

Investigating the fundamental stages of the CO oxidation reaction using a kinked Pt crystal

Investigating the fundamental stages of the CO oxidation reaction using a kinked Pt crystal

CatalysisChemistryDIPC Interfaces

By DIPC

Carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation (2CO + O2 → CO2) on platinum (Pt) group metal surfaces is the model heterogeneous gas/surface catalytic reaction. Pt itself is of the upmost importance as a catalyst for car exhaust cleaning or for the water gas shift reaction, whereas Pt crystal surfaces are model systems for investigating the catalytic CO […]

Landau singularities revisited

Landau singularities revisited

MathematicsParticle physicsPhysics

By César Tomé

Scientists have used computational algebraic geometry to study predictions for particle physics experiments, such as those at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). These experiments, in combination with new mathematical tools, help to solve unanswered questions in physics in a much faster way and have a profound impact on our understanding of nature. When studying particle […]