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Scientists Find Biology’s Optimal “Molecular Alphabet” May Be Preordained

2 days ago

The amino acids, a fundamental set of life’s building blocks, may have been adaptive throughout their evolution, suggesting…
Rare metallic asteroids might have erupted molten iron

3 days ago

The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be, given its…
AI can predict the chances of surviving oral cancer

3 days ago

The chances of surviving oral cancers can be predicted by state of the art AI algorithms – developed…
On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

3 days ago

New research from a group of Vanderbilt biomedical engineers reveals that while cancer cells move quickly in metastasis,…
Low-cost device generates electricity using natural cooling phenomenon

6 days ago

The technology could eventually aid the more than 1 billion people around the world who lack reliable access…
Astronomers Find a Supermassive Black Hole That is Feasting on a Regular Schedule, Every 9 Hours

6 days ago

Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole (SMBH) with an unusually regular feeding schedule. The behemoth is an…
Hubble Has Looked at the 2017 Kilonova Explosion Almost a Dozen Times, Watching it Slowly Fade Away

September 12, 2019

In 2017, LIGO (Laser-Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and Virgo detected gravitational waves coming from the merger of two…
Can a High-Tech Sniffer Help Keep Us Safe?

September 11, 2019

Science stinks. So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that…
Gravitational Wave Detectors Might be Able to Detect Dark Matter Particles Colliding With Their Mirrors

September 10, 2019

The field of astronomy has been revolutionized thanks to the first-ever detection of gravitational waves (GWs). Since the…
By Continuously Watching the Moon, we Could Detect Interstellar Meteorites

August 29, 2019

When ‘Oumuamua crossed Earth’s orbit on October 19th, 2017, it became the first interstellar object to ever be observed…
Addition of growth factors to unique system helps new bone formation

August 29, 2019

The development of new bone can be a multistep process: first, stem cells differentiate into cartilage cells. Next,…
Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”

August 28, 2019

When Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with…
Still from a video showing how UCLA researchers used electric voltage to move droplets on a surface, using a process they call electrodewetting. Image credit: CJ Kim/UCLA
Researchers flip how electrical signals move liquid droplets

August 27, 2019

The advance – using an electrical push rather than a pull – could lead to more reliable medical…
Sticker makes nanoscale light manipulation easier to manufacture

August 27, 2019

Researchers have given sensors the ability to manipulate light better, thanks to a sticker in the center of…
Claire Lifan Chen and Ata Mahjoubfar. Credit: Tunde Akinloye/UCLA.
Deep learning enables scientists to identify cancer cells in blood in milliseconds

August 22, 2019

Technique could allow cells to be extracted in real time, help prevent cancer from spreading. Researchers at UCLA…
Is your Supercomputer Stumped? There May Be a Quantum Solution

August 2, 2019

Berkeley Lab-led team solves a tough math problem with quantum computing. Some math problems are so complicated that…
Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together

May 23, 2019

Stars live and die on epic time scales. Tens of millions of years, hundreds of millions of years,…
Can You Spot a Planetary Nebula from a Few Blurry Pixels? Astronomers Can – Here’s How

May 21, 2019

A planetary nebula is one of the most beautiful objects in the universe. Formed from the decaying remnants…
Reversible Chemistry Clears Path for Safer Batteries

May 9, 2019

Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and US Army Research Lab (ARL) have taken a critical step…
New Signal for a Neutron Star Collision Discovered

April 17, 2019

These images show the location of an event, discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, that likely signals the…
Long-lived Bats Appear to Hold Secrets of Mammal Longevity

April 11, 2019

University of Maryland researchers analyzed a DNA-based evolutionary tree for a majority of known bat species and found…
Astronomers are Using NASA’s Deep Space Network to Hunt for Magnetars

March 4, 2019

Right, magnetars. Perhaps one of the most ferocious beasts to inhabit the cosmos. Loud, unruly, and temperamental, they…
This Star Has Been Going Nova Every Year, for Millions of Years

February 20, 2019

A nova star is like a vampire that siphons gas from its binary partner. As it does so,…
CMS gets first result using largest ever LHC data sample

February 15, 2019

The CMS collaboration at CERN has submitted its first paper based on the full LHC dataset collected in…
Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?

February 15, 2019

New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped solve the Universe’s “missing mass” problem, as reported…
Simulating meteorite impacts in the lab

January 31, 2019

Scientists monitor the response of feldspar minerals to rapid compression. A US-German research team has simulated meteorite impacts…
Machine Learning Finds Multiple Factors Underlie Cancer Immunotherapy Success

January 30, 2019

A University of Maryland-led research team is using a branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning to…
Habitable Planets Around Red Dwarf Stars Might not get Enough Photons to Support Plant Life

January 15, 2019

In recent years, the number of extra-solar planets discovered around nearby M-type (red dwarf stars) has grown considerably.…
NASA’s Technosignatures Report is Out. Every Way to Find Evidence of an Intelligent Civilization

December 31, 2018

In 1961, famed astronomer Frank Drake created a formula for estimating the number of extra-terrestrial intelligences (ETIs) that…
Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Could Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Large Animals

December 13, 2018

For many years, scientists have been studying how supernovae could affect life on Earth. Supernovae are extremely powerful…
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