Back Pain in Space, Cats’ Mental Maps, Diamond Davemaoite

Learn about back pain from space; how cats track their owners; and what davemaoite tells us about Earth’s lower mantle.

February 16, 2022

Space travel causes back pain, and doctors need to find a fix by Cameron Duke

Cats track their owners with mental maps by Cameron Duke

Scientists found a once-theoretical mineral inside a diamond that tells us more about the Earth’s lower mantle by Grant Currin

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