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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

Dec. 10, 2018 — Scientists reveal that Australia's pint-sized banded hare-wallaby is the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which roamed the continent for millions of years, but died out ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" ... read more

Dec. 7, 2018 — Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibers in nature and has astounding properties. Scientists have now discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fiber ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only ... read more

Mice Display Altered Immune System Following Spaceflight

Dec. 6, 2018 — Based on examinations of mice that had been on board the Bion-M1 biosatellite, new research demonstrates that the outer space environment impairs the production of B lymphocytes, the white blood ... read more

What Can a Snowflake Teach Us About How Cancer Spreads in the Body?

Dec. 6, 2018 — What can seashells, lightning and the coastline of Britain teach us about new drugs for cancer? The answer, according to a team of researchers, may revolve around fractals, the infinitely complex ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Engineers have fine-tuned a microfluidic process for producing uniform bubbles to make ordered foams with bubbles in two or three distinct sizes. The customizable, 'wet' foams are intended ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Asian geckos were observed running over water at nearly a meter per second, as fast as on land. Lab experiments show how. They get support from surface tension but also slap the water rapidly with ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — Babies recognize faces from profile view in the second half of the first year of life, new research ... read more

Why Tehran Is Sinking Dangerously

Dec. 6, 2018 — Researchers have used data from radar satellites to measure the subsidence of the Earth's surface in the Tehran region in Iran. They found out that between 2003 and 2017 three areas sank there ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Young aphids may ride on the backs of adult aphids to get back to the safety of a host plant quicker, according to a new ... read more

Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone to Save Gorilla Populations

Dec. 5, 2018 — The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — What's a feast for the human eye may be a literal feast for microorganisms that colonize works of art, according to a new study. The researchers characterized the microbial community on a 17th ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Researchers report new findings of an experimental evolutionary project that ran for 30 years on the genomic mechanisms of sex determination in swordtail ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — A new international experiment challenges previous claims about the detection of non-luminous dark ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to both save and process information, as well ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — What does the brain do when things go bump in the night? Researchers are looking at neural activity in the amygdala by studying how mice react when they hear a sound they've been taught to ... read more

Weirdly Shaped Mouse Sperm Can Be Used to Tell Species Apart

Dec. 5, 2018 — Lots of rodent species look nearly identical, and it's hard to tell them apart using DNA. But scientists have found a new way to distinguish one species from another: the shape of their sperm. ... read more

Dec. 5, 2018 — Researchers have successfully developed a method -- using a bacteriophage -- that could lead to unprecedented advances in computer speed and ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Currently, uterus donation is only available for women with family members who are willing to donate. With live donors in short supply, the new technique might help to increase availability and give ... read more

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