MIT neuroscientists identify the brain circuit that drives pleasure-inducing behavior in a brain region thought to be linked with fear. Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events. However, a team of MIT neuroscientists […]


Stellar temperature versus distance from the star compared to Earth for the classic habitable zone (shaded blue) and the volcanic habitable zone extension (shaded red). / Credit: R. Ramirez, Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University Enlarge Improving the odds The hunt for signs of life on worlds beyond the solar system tends to focus on the habitable zone, because water is crucial to life as we know it. (While other evolutionary paths are possible, scientists prefer to focus on the one […]


New research confirms that Vitamin D supplements are effective in preventing respiratory diseases, showing that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency. A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. […]