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Solving The Mystery of the Pointy Droplets

Credit: Leiden University A certain type of oil droplets changes shape when cooled and shrunk: from spherical through icosahedral to flat hexagonal. Two competing theories couldn’t fully explain this, but now, a Physical Review...

Signs of a Puzzling State of Matter Discovered in a Superconductor

Scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used an improved X-ray technique to explore exotic states of matter in an unconventional superconductor that conducts electricity with 100% efficiency at relatively high temperatures. They glimpsed the...

Archaeologists Discover Oldest Direct Evidence for Honey Collecting in Africa in Ancient Clay Pots

Traces of beeswax were detected in 3500 year-old clay pots like this. Credit: Peter Breunig, Goethe University Frankfurt Scientists at Goethe University and University of Bristol (UK) find traces of beeswax in prehistoric pottery...

Of Mice and Spacemen: Understanding Astronaut Muscle Wasting at the Molecular Level

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have sent mice into space to explore effects of spaceflight and reduced gravity on muscle atrophy, or wasting at the molecular level. Most of us have imagined how free...

Critically Endangered Iconic Great Apes in Borneo Lost Muscle During Fruit Shortages

A male orangutan eating non-fruit vegetation instead of the fruit orangutans prefer on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Credit: Kristana Parinters Makur/Tuanan Orangutan Research Project Highlights Need to Protect Orangutan Habitat Wild orangutans are...

Largest-Ever Effort to Artificially Inseminate Sharks – And the Occasional “Virgin Birth”

A baby bamboo shark born via artificial insemination. Credit: Photo by Jay Harvey, Aquarium of the Pacific It’s a tough time to be a shark. Pollution, industrialized fishing, and climate change threaten marine life, and...

Hear the Eerie Sounds of Interstellar Space Captured by NASA’s Voyager

An illustration depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Both Voyagers have entered interstellar space, or the space outside our Sun’s heliosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech As NASA’s Voyager 1 Surveys Interstellar Space, Its Density Measurements Are...

DNA Analysis Identifies First Member of Ill-Fated 1845 Franklin Expedition

Facial reconstruction of individual identified through DNA analysis as John Gregory, HMS Erebus. Credit: Diana Trepkov/ University of Waterloo With a living descendant’s DNA sample, a team of researchers have identified the remains of John...

Handheld “MasSpec Pen” Reveals Meat and Fish Fraud in Seconds

The MasSpec Pen can authenticate the type and purity of meat samples in as little as 15 seconds. Credit: Adapted from Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c07830 Meat and fish fraud are...

Preliminary Data Suggests Mixing COVID-19 Vaccines Increases Frequency of Adverse Reactions

Research, from Com-COV study comparing mixed dosing schedules of Pfizer / Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, shows increase in the frequency of mild-moderate symptoms in those receiving either mixed dosing schedule Adverse reactions were short-lived, with no other...

Study Shows New Obesity Treatment Semaglutide Reduces Body Weight Regardless of Patient Characteristics

Females and those with lower body weight have better results. New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (held online, 10-13 May) shows that treatment with the drug semaglutide reduces body weight in...

No Lasting Benefit to Surgically Placed Tubes Over Antibiotics for Childhood Ear Infections

There is no long-term benefit to surgically placing tympanostomy tubes in a young child’s ears to reduce the rate of recurrent ear infections during the ensuing two years compared with giving oral antibiotics to...

New Research Shows COVID-19 Alters Gray Matter Volume in the Brain

Covid-19 patients who receive oxygen therapy or experience fever show reduced gray matter volume in the frontal-temporal network of the brain, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University and...

Genetic Risk of Heart Disease May Be Due to Low Omega 3-Linked Biomarker Found in Fish Oils

Genetic Risk of Heart Disease May Be Due to Low Omega 3-Linked Biomarker Found in Fish Oils People who are genetically more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases may benefit from boosting a biomarker found...

Tracking Carbon From the Ocean Surface to the Dark “Twilight Zone”

Tracking Carbon From the Ocean Surface to the Dark "Twilight Zone"   Different phytoplankton communities bloom around the Canadian Maritime Provinces and across the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Credit: NASA/Aqua/MODIS composite collected on March 22, 2021 A seaward...

An Uncrackable Combination: Invisible Ink and Artificial Intelligence

An Uncrackable Combination: Invisible Ink and Artificial Intelligence Coded messages in invisible ink sound like something only found in espionage books, but in real life, they can have important security purposes. Yet, they can be...

RoboWig: A Robot That Can Help You Untangle Your Hair

Robotic arm equipped with a hairbrush helps with brushing tasks and could be an asset in assistive-care settings.   A robotic arm setup is equipped with a sensorized soft brush and aided by a camera...

Forecasting a Volcano’s Eruption Style Using Early Indicators of Magma Viscosity

2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano in Hawai’i provided scientists with an unprecedented opportunity to identify new factors that could help forecast the hazard potential of future eruptions.   Lava fountaining from the most productive eruptive fissure,...

Secret to Building Superconducting Quantum Computers With Massive Processing Power

Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers   NIST physicists measured and controlled a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) using light-conducting fiber (indicated by white arrow) instead of metal electrical cables like the 14 shown...

Physical Inactivity Linked to More Severe COVID-19 Infection and Higher Risk of Death

Surpassed only by advanced age and organ transplant as a risk factor, large study shows Physical inactivity is linked to more severe COVID-19 infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease, finds a...

Female Monkeys Use Males As “Hired Guns” for Defense Against Predators

  Female putty-mosed monkey. Credit: C. Kolopp/WCS Female putty-nosed monkeys use calls just to recruit males when certain predators are detectedResults suggest that different “dialects” exist among different populations of monkeys Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s...

Searching for Signs of Life on Mars: Perseverance’s Robotic Arm Starts Conducting Science

NASA’s newest Mars rover is beginning to study the floor of an ancient crater that once held a lake.   Mastcam-Z Views ‘Santa Cruz’ on Mars: NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover used its dual-camera Mastcam-Z imager to...

Magnetoelectric Chips to Power More Efficient Computing Devices

Magnetoelectric Chips to Power a New Generation of More Efficient Computing Devices Harnessing the Hum of Fluorescent Lights for More Efficient Computing The property that makes fluorescent lights buzz could power a new generation of more...

Brand New Physics of Superconducting Metals – Busted

Lancaster scientists have demonstrated that other physicists’ recent “discovery” of the field effect in superconducting metals is nothing but hot electrons after all. A team of scientists in the Lancaster Physics Department has found new...

Pink Drinks Can Help You Run Faster and Further Compared to Clear Drinks

Pink Drinks Can Help You Run Faster and Further Compared to Clear Drinks A new study led by the Center for Nutraceuticals in the University of Westminster shows that pink drinks can help to make...
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