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Sticks and stones: Brain releases natural painkillers during social rejection

Finding that the opioid system can act to ease social pain, not just physical pain, may aid understanding of depression and social anxiety

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Nobel prizewinners took chemistry from pipettes to programming

By Catherine Whitby, University of South Australia

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for research that has revolutionised our understanding of how enzymes control the chemistry in our bodies.

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Could the Higgs Nobel be the end of particle physics?

By Harry Cliff

While the discovery of the Higgs boson has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics, it hasn’t brought us any closer to answering some of the most troubling problems in fundamental science.

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Bread, beer and botox: the science behind the 2013 Nobel Prize for medicine

By Jenny Martin

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded "discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic". What does this mean and why is it important?

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Diamond 'super-Earth' may not be quite as precious

An alien world thought to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature.

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Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

Study links genetics, emotions and marital satisfaction.

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Making Martian clouds on Earth

Cloud-chamber experiments show that clouds on Mars form in much more humid conditions than clouds on Earth

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Care and consent: the fraught ethics of international clinical trials

By Agomoni Ganguli Mitra, University of Münster

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Extraordinary 'missing link' fossil fish found in China

By John Long

Discovery gives us powerful new insights about the building of the human body plan, which began seriously with these ancient fossil fishes.

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IPCC report sets a conservative carbon budget

By Will Steffen

The evidence for the continued warming of the planet is overwhelming, according to the IPCC's latest report.

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