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Neutron star collisions may have created most of the gold in the universe

Space All that glitters is a neutron star collision. We use heavy metals every day, but now we know where they actually came from...

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Updated: Every game available for Nintendo Switch

Gadgets The definitive list, continually updated. Part two. Every game for Nintendo Switch part two. Read on for the complete list...

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California's wildfires could make 2017 a very unusual wine vintage

Science The smoke will likely impact a few fancier grapes. Recent fires have devastated regions of northern California, but early harvesting means that most of...

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Obesity: Engineered proteins lower body weight in mice, rats and primates

Researchers have created engineered proteins that lowered body weight, bloodstream insulin, and cholesterol levels in obese mice, rats, and primates...

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Scientists dig into the origin of organics on dwarf planet Ceres

Since NASA's Dawn spacecraft detected localized organic-rich material on Ceres, scientists have been digging into the data to explore different scenarios for its...

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Google developed its own mobile chip to help smartphones take better photos

Technology There's a lot going on under the hood of your smartphone camera every time you push the button The Google Pixel 2 does a lot of processing wo...

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Understanding the coevolving web of life as a network

Coevolution, which occurs when species interact and adapt to each other, is often studied in the context of pair-wise interactions between mutually beneficial symbiotic partne...

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New material for digital memories of the future

Scientists have developed the first material with conductivity properties that can be switched on and off using ferroelectric polarization...

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Duplications of noncoding DNA may have affected evolution of human-specific traits

Duplications of large segments of noncoding DNA in the human genome may have contributed to the emergence of differences between humans and nonhuman primates, according to new...

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Online resource enables open data sharing for rare Mendelian diseases

MyGene2, a new open data resource, helps patients with rare genetic conditions, clinicians, and researchers share information, connect with one another, and enable faster gene...

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At tremendous precision, the proton and antiproton still seem identical

Using a novel two-particle measurement method, a group of researchers measured the magnetic moment of the antiproton at a precision 350 times higher than any previous measurem...

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Nature or nurture? Innate social behaviors in the mouse brain

The brain circuitry that controls innate, or instinctive, behaviors such as mating and fighting was thought to be genetically hardwired. Not so, neuroscientists now say...

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Riddle of matter remains unsolved: Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties

Physicists have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision...

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Inflammation trains the skin to heal faster

Stem cells in the skin remember an injury, helping them close recurring wounds faster, researchers have found. The discovery could advance research and treatment of psoriasis...

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Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers

Latest research has found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from certain angles...

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Wildfire smoke is terrible for you: here's what to do about it

Health An expert weighs in. Wildfires are still raging in California, and residents should be cautious of smoke inhalation...

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For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

New research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to...

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Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affec...

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Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report

Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new repor...

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New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the US in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

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Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds

Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study. Furthermore, some t...

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Life in the city: Living near a forest keeps your amygdala healthier

A new study examined the relationship between the availability of nature near city dwellers' homes and their brain health. Its findings are relevant for urban pla...

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Ancient, lost, mountains in the Karoo reveals the secrets of massive extinction event

A researcher studied the fossil-rich sediments present in the Karoo, deposited during the tectonic events that created the Gondwanides, and found that the vertebrate animals i...

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Competing forces: How molecules maintain their structure

A double helix twisted around itself: this is the distinctive structure of DNA, which is made up of large molecules. Using synthetically produced molecules, chemists and physi...

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DNA tests on albatross excrement reveal secret diet of top predator

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the world's most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predator&#0...

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Dutch courage: Alcohol improves foreign language skills

A new study shows that bilingual speakers' ability to speak a second language is improved after they have consumed a low dose of alcohol...

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Stiff fibers spun from slime

Nanoparticles from the secretion of velvet worms form recyclable polymer fibers...

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Turning brain cells into skin cells

A new study reveals that it is possible to repurpose the function of different mature cells across the body and harvest new tissue and organs from these cells...

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Cocaine use during adolescence is even more harmful than during adulthood

Scientists found that addicts who began using cocaine before and after the age of 18 showed differences in sustained attention and working memory, among other brain functions...

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Customizing catalysts to boost product yields, decrease separation costs

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk. Investigators discovered that treating a complex oxide crystal with either...

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New clues to treat Alagille Syndrome from zebrafish

A new study identifies potential new therapeutic avenues for patients with Alagille syndrome, a rare genetic disorder caused by mutations primarily in the JAGGED1 gene...

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Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch

Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows...

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Nanoelectronics breakthrough could lead to more efficient quantum devices

Researchers have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter. Their findings examine electron behavior within nanoelectronics, as outlined in...

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Reducing power plants' freshwater consumption with new silica filter

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation's freshwater use at about 500 bi...

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Death by a thousand cuts? Not for small populations

New research provides a look at how certain species survive by evolving a greater ability to weed out harmful mutations -- a new concept called 'drift robustness&...

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One step closer toward a treatment for Alzheimer's disease?

Scientists have characterized a new class of drugs as potential therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease and discovered a piece in the puzzle of how they would work...

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A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology

Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found. It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosph...

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Electrode materials from the microwave oven

Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Researchers...

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Global calcium consumption appears low, especially in Asia

A new systematic review of global daily calcium consumption suggests substantial regional differences -- it's lowest in East Asia and highest in Northern Europe...

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What Star Wars taught scientists about sperm

Science An unexpected payoff. What started off as a scientific Star Wars parody lead to advancements in sciences—and potentially, a new way of doing research...

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Potential human habitat located on the moon

A new study confirms the existence of a large open lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the moon, which could be used to protect astronauts from hazardous conditions on the...

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It's time to rethink how many notifications your phone is showing you

DIY How to tame your endless alerts. When smartphone alerts pour in, they make it impossible to think about the world outside your phone. Here's how to...

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Force field analysis provides clues to protein-ion interaction

The importance of proteins and metal ion interactions is well understood, but the mechanistic interactions between the two are still far from a complete picture. Researchers a...

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The drop that's good to the very end

Two researchers, using laser-flash photography of microscopic droplet-particle collisions, have discovered that water droplets still have liquid tricks to reveal. Previous res...

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Active sieving could improve dialysis and water purification filters

Physicists have proven theoretically that active sieving, as opposed to its passive counterpart, can improve the separation abilities of filtration systems. Active sieving als...

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Origami lattice paves the way for new noise-dampening barriers on the road

Researchers have brought a new method into the sound-dampening fold, demonstrating an origami lattice prototype that can potentially reduce acoustic noise on roadways. The tec...

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Water droplet physics: The drop that's good to the very end

Two researchers, using laser-flash photography of microscopic droplet-particle collisions, have discovered that water droplets still have liquid tricks to reveal. Previous res...

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Workers may 'choke' under pressure of non-monetary incentives

Competition for non-monetary awards can have adverse effects on performance and may cause employees to “choke” under pressure, according to a new study...

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The puzzle to plugging the worst natural gas release in history

By the time scientists visited the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in December 2015, the SS-25 well blowout had been leaking natural gas into the air for more than s...

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Researchers release the brakes on the immune system

Many tumors possess mechanisms to avoid destruction by the immune system. For instance, they misuse the natural “brakes” in the immune defense mechanism, which normally pr...

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Ancient preen oil: Researchers discover 48-million-year-old lipids in a fossil bird

As a rule, soft parts do not withstand the ravages of time; hence, the majority of vertebrate fossils consist only of bones. Under these circumstances, a new discovery from th...

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Gene therapy can cure lameness in horses, research finds

Injecting DNA into injured horse tendons and ligaments can cure lameness, new research has found...

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Space greens beat the blues

Where people will go in the cosmos, plants will go, say researchers in a new report. Plants may also play a key role in maintaining the psychological well-being of space crews...

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High risk of injury in young elite athletes

Every week, an average of three in every ten adolescent elite athletes suffer an injury. Worst affected are young women, and the risk of injury increases with low self-esteem,...

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Healthy coral populations produce a surprising number of offspring

Healthy coral populations can produce up to 200 times more juvenile corals than degraded coral populations nearby, according to a new study...

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Art advancing science at the nanoscale

Could studying molecular biology ever be as fun as watching a Star Wars movie? Two scientists decided to create their own science film to entertain viewers, and ended up makin...

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Anxiety and depression linked to migraines

In a study of 588 patients who attended an outpatient headache clinic, more frequent migraines were experienced by participants with symptoms of anxiety and depression...

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Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection

The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new research...

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Newborns with trisomy 13 or 18 benefit from heart surgery, study finds

Heart surgery significantly decreases in-hospital mortality among infants with either of two genetic disorders that cause severe physical and intellectual disabilities, accord...

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Battling flames increases firefighters' exposure to carcinogens

The threat of getting burned by roaring flames is an obvious danger of firefighting, but other health risks are more subtle. For example, firefighters have been found to devel...

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Mouse studies shed light on how protein controls heart failure

A new study on two specially bred strains of mice has illuminated how abnormal addition of the chemical phosphate to a specific heart muscle protein may sabotage the way the p...

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Yeast spotlights genetic variation's link to drug resistance

Researchers have shown that genetic diversity plays a key role in enabling drug resistance to evolve. Scientists show that high genetic diversity can prime new mutations that...

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Bridging the terahertz gap

Researchers are exploring the possibility of using an infrared frequency comb to generate elusive terahertz frequencies. These frequencies -- which lie in the electromagnetic...

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MRI may predict neurological outcomes for cardiac arrest survivors

MRI-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, acco...

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Arsenic in domestic well water could affect 2 million people in the US

Clean drinking water can be easy to take for granted if your home taps into treated water sources. But more than 44 million people in the U.S. get their water from private dom...

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New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

Sprawling mining operations in Brazil have caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon rainforest deforestation between 2005 and 2015 -- much higher than previous estimates -- say...

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New membrane makes separating methane and carbon dioxide more efficient

To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the carbon dioxide. This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and...

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New simple method determines rate at which we burn calories walking up, down, flat

A new way to predict the energy a person expends walking will help predict and monitor the physiological status of walkers, including foot soldiers. Researchers have developed...

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Machine learning identifies breast lesions likely to become cancer

A machine learning tool can help identify which high-risk breast lesions are likely to become cancerous, according to a new study. Researchers said the technology has the pote...

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Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal

A new study has discovered that ice grows differently on water-absorbent vs. water-repellent surfaces. The research suggests that applying water-repellent coatings to windshie...

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Science decor that will actually look good in your house

Science Nerdy art doesn't have to look dorky. These prints don't just say "I'm a nerd," they also sa...

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Navigational view of the brain thanks to powerful X-rays

Imagine Google Earth with only the street view and a far-away satellite view but not much of a map view. Brain imaging, for the most part, has been missing just that, and a lo...

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'Wasabi receptor' for pain discovered in flatworms

A research team has discovered how scalding heat and tissue injury activate an ancient 'pain' receptor in simple animals. The findings, from a study...

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How bright is the moon, really?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to take new measurements of the Moon's brightness, a highly useful property that satellites...

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Chocolate production linked to increased deforestation in poor nations

Newly published research focuses on the link between cocoa exports and deforestation in developing nations...

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High blood pressure linked to common heart valve disorder

For the first time, a strong link has been established between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder in high-income countries...

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Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests

Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new rese...

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New research opens the door to 'functional cure' for HIV

Scientists have for the first time shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of the virus in chronically infected cells...

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New examination of occupational licensing contradicts decades of research

From doctors to engineers to carpet layers to massage therapists, more than one in three Americans is required to hold a license to work in their occupation. Broad consensus...

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Dangerous hurricanes come in all shapes and sizes (literally)

Environment Here's how size matters. Hurricanes come in all different sizes and shapes, and these differences mean each storm poses a different threat t...

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Fighting fires before they spark

With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades o...

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Therapeutic form of arsenic is a potential treatment for deadly type of brain cancer

From Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie, arsenic is often the poison of choice in popular whodunits. But in ultra-low dosage, and in the right form, this naturally occurring c...

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Marie Curie mobilized an army of women to help win World War I

Military Meet the little Curies. A visitor to Cure's Paris laboratory in October of 1917 would not have found her or her radium on the premises. Her rad...

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Wearables to boost security of voice-based log-in

A security-token necklace, ear buds or eyeglasses developed by researchers could eliminate vulnerabilities in voice authentication -- the practice of logging in to a device or...

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How we determine who's to blame

Using eye-tracking technology, cognitive scientists have obtained the first direct evidence that people use a process called counterfactual simulation to imagine how a situati...

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You would not ask a firefighter to perform open-heart surgery: Understanding 'collective intelligence'

The concept of 'collective intelligence' is simple -- it asserts that if a team performs well on one task, it will repeat that success on other proje...

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Preservation for the (digital) ages

Researchers working with classicists and computer scientists have developed a method to preserve digital humanities databases. The preservation strategy allows scholars to re-...

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Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies

A new study linking paleoclimatology -- the reconstruction of past global climates -- with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the...

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To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring -- the largest and farthest of the visible rings. B...

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Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Engineers have developed a flexible sensor 'skin' that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately conv...

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Cancer: New compound targets energy generation, thereby killing metastatic cells

Researchers have identified an enzyme that supports the survival and dissemination of metastatic cells, and developed a synthetic compound that targets the enzyme and kills th...

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'Busybody' protein may get on your nerves, but that's a good thing

The p75 protein is vital for signaling pain in nervous system, researchers have discovered...

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Assessment shows metagenomics software has much room for improvement

A recent critical assessment of software tools represents a key step toward taming the 'Wild West' nature of the burgeoning field of metagenomics...

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Tropical beetles face extinction threat

Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists...

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Scientists determine source of world's largest mud eruption

More than 11 years after the Lusi mud volcano first erupted on the Indonesian island of Java, researchers may have figured out why the mudflows haven't stopped: d...

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Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars

Research by planetary scientists finds that periodic melting of ice sheets on a cold early Mars would have created enough water to carve the ancient valleys and lakebeds seen...

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What training exercise boosts brain power best? New research finds out

One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention. It also results in more significant changes in...

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A new way to test body armor

In response to several high profile body armor failures, researchers have developed a new and extremely reliable way to test the ballistic fibers used in body armor...

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Loops of liquid metal can improve future fusion power plants, scientists say

Researchers have proposed an innovative design to improve the ability of future fusion power plants to generate safe, clean and abundant energy in a steady state, or constant,...

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A new way to harness wasted methane

Scientists have identified a process that could be used to harness methane that is now wasted by being burned off at wellheads...

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