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Scientists have developed the most comprehensive maps of human brain cells to date, offering a monumental advance in understanding brain function. Using a novel 3D imaging technique, they identified over 100 distinct types of cells in the hippocampus, uncovering details of cellular organization that were not previously visible. This research opens up doors to a greater understanding of neurological conditions and disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, giving us a better ability to predict and prevent them.

Children’s hospitals are facing a shortage of the RSV drug, Synagis, which is used to protect premature infants who are most at risk for the virus. The rising demand has caused prices to increase and availability to decrease, sparking concern from hospital administrators throughout the country. Price hikes have been especially hard on smaller hospitals who must purchase limited quantities from large pharmaceutical companies. The shortage is an ongoing struggle with no clear solution, leaving many hospitals scrambling to obtain the drug and protect their smallest and most vulnerable patients.

The James Webb Space Telescope recently gazed at the M83 Galaxy, an impressive spiral galaxy located in the constellation Hydra. This telescope was launched into orbit on October 31, 2021 and has the ability to capture images of astronomical objects far beyond Earth’s view. Its imaging capabilities allow it to capture star formation, gas clouds, and other processes that are otherwise difficult to detect. This is the telescope’s first observation of M83 and showcases its power and capacity to discover more information about the universe.

Competition is a widely accepted notion in business but it typically does not work when it comes to global pandemics. In a recently published paper, a team of scientists suggest that instead of facing this crisis as individual countries, a unified international effort should be adopted, with mutual trust and cooperation forming a backbone to global pandemic response. This global approach will involve a sharing of resources, data, and strategies to ensure effective, long-term counter-measures to the global pandemic.