New Organs, Better Pain Management, Climate Change, and Asteroid Rocks

A month's worth of cool science stories summed up.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor

On this monthly roundup, Alistair Jennings from Inside Science sums up some of August's most interesting science: a new organ that senses pain, better opioid use, losing soil on Earth, virtual reality to treat pain, and what rocks tell us about the origin of the Ryugu asteroid.


1.Specialized cutaneous Schwann cells initiate pain sensation


2. Genetic behavioral screen identifies an orphan anti-opioid system


3. Statewide Implementation of Postoperative Opioid Prescribing Guidelines


4. Virtual reality for management of pain in hospitalized patients: A randomized comparative effectiveness trial


5. Climate change and land


6. Recent pace of change in human impact on the world’s ocean


7. Deadly Heat Waves Will Likely Get Worse


8. Top Science Stories of 2018


9. Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu show rocks similar to carbonaceous chondrite meteorites

Author Bio & Story Archive

Ali Jennings has his PhD in neuroscience from University College London.