The Battle of Brains vs Brawn in Aging, Perils of Ultra-Processed Food, and Bats Surviving White-Nose Syndrome

Learn about how ultra-processed food took over your shopping cart; which you lose first, brain or brawn; and how bats are showing resistance to a once deadly white-nose syndrome epidemic.

The perils of ultra-processed food by Kelsey Donk

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Which do we lose first: brain or brawn? by Kelsey Donk

We have the first genetic evidence that some bats are resistant to white-nose syndrome by Grant Currin

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