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Today's Image | Apr 18, 2014

Tiger beetle dance

A visual representation of a tiger beetle’s trajectories as it chases prey.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Science Wire | Apr 03, 2014

Mercury has a long history of exploding volcanoes

Throughout extended periods of its history, the surface of planet Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions, a new analysis suggests.

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Science Wire | Feb 18, 2014

Fewer shark attacks in 2013, but more fatalities

Shark attacks worldwide in 2013 were the lowest since 2009, but fatalities were above average, a new study reports.

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Science Wire | Feb 11, 2014

Genetic mix lets Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

A new study looks at the genetic adaptations that allow Tibetans to live at high elevations despite low oxygen levels.

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Science Wire | Feb 06, 2014

Hearing improves after a week of blindness

A study suggests that the loss of one sense – vision – can improve another sense – in this case, hearing – by altering the brain circuit.

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Science Wire | Jan 30, 2014

Space travel weakens flies’ immune systems

Fruit flies sent as eggs on a 12-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery had a key part of their immune system weakened, as they grew in space.

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Science Wire | Jan 27, 2014

China’s polluted air is changing the weather, says study

Pollutant particles from China’s factories, industrial plants, and power plants affect cloud formations and weather systems worldwide, a new study shows.

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Science Wire | Jan 20, 2014

Biggest fossil spider

Jurassic fossil spiders were a rare find, until the 21st century, when farmers in China began turning up Jurassic-period arachnids on a hillside.

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Science Wire | Jan 15, 2014

A day later, caffeine stimulates memory

Caffeine helps people remember fine distinctions between similar things at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed, new research shows.

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Science Wire | Jan 13, 2014

These stars are so fast they can escape the Milky Way

These sun-like stars that are moving at speeds of more than a million miles per hour relative to our galaxy – fast enough to escape its gravitational grasp.

Calculated over a 100-year timeframe, a single molecule of PFTBA has the equivalent climate impact as 7,100 molecules of CO2," says Angela Hong. Photo credit: Miranda Kellems/Flickr
Science Wire | Dec 16, 2013

Long-lasting greenhouse gas breaks all the records

A newly identified greenhouse gas shatters all other records for the chemical’s potential to contribute to climate change.

Image credit: University of Toronto
Science Wire | Dec 02, 2013

Search tool finds pics of you based on tag relationships

A new algorithm could profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr.

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Science Wire | Nov 30, 2013

Six amazing birds

Crows, falcons. gannets, hummingbirds, macaws …. and turkeys. Here’s what makes these six birds so cool

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Science Wire | Nov 27, 2013

Why scientists trained locusts to recognize odors

To learn more about how the brain can process multiple odors all at once, scientists trained locusts to respond to a specific smell.

Image cedit: Qing-zhu Yin
Science Wire | Nov 20, 2013

Russian meteor was a wake-up call, says scientist

“If humanity does not want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we need to study an event like this in detail,” said earth scientist Qing-zhu Yin.

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Science Wire | Nov 14, 2013

Scientists track new giant iceberg

Experts are watching an enormous iceberg that is separating from the Antarctica continent. Roughly the size of Manhattan, the iceberg could threaten shipping lanes.

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Science Wire | Nov 01, 2013

Why do we scream?

Despite our fascination with screams, science knows relatively little about them. The psychology of screams …

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Science Wire | Oct 22, 2013

Link between Neanderthals and humans is still missing

The search for a common ancestor that connects modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago isn’t over yet, researchers say.

(Copyright: Mark A. Garlick, space-art.co.uk, University of Warwick, and University of Cambridge
Science Wire | Oct 14, 2013

Signs of water detected in exoplanet’s debris

The remains of a water-rich rocky exoplanet have been discovered outside our solar system orbiting a white dwarf star 170 light years away.

“Basically, the brain is acting like a detective,” says Alexander Maier. “It is responding to cues in the environment and making its best guesses about how they fit together. In the case of these illusions, however, it comes to an incorrect conclusion.” (Credit: Fibonacci via Wikimedia Commons)
Science Wire | Oct 04, 2013

Which neurons fire when this image tricks your brain?

Scientists have pinpointed the brain region responsible for “illusory contours”—when you perceive imaginary shapes and surfaces against a fragmented background.

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Science Wire | Oct 01, 2013

Mars rover uncovers a surprisingly Earth-like rock

Analysis of a rock on Mars by the rover Curiosity suggests parts of the red planet may be more like our own than we ever knew.

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Science Wire | Sep 26, 2013

New electric fish found in murky waters

Scientists have identified a new kind of eel-like electric fish, the Akawaio penak, in a remote region of Northern Guyana that is known for its biodiversity.

Image credit: Xing Xie/Stanford Engineering
Science Wire | Sep 20, 2013

Wired microbes turn sewage into electricity

A new way to generate electricity from sewage uses naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants to produce electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.

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Science Wire | Sep 18, 2013

How birds got their wings

Birds split from dinosaurs when their front limbs got longer and their back limbs got shorter, according to new research.

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Science Wire | Sep 10, 2013

Untangled DNA is how guys become guys

An enzyme that “unravels” DNA appears to trigger male development of the embryo, a finding that may give greater insight into intersex disorders.

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Science Wire | Sep 05, 2013

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say researchers.

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Science Wire | Jun 28, 2013

Zapping salt out of seawater

Chemists are hopeful their new energy-efficient method to desalinate water can be scaled up for personal or even municipal uses

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Science Wire | Jun 20, 2013

Tanzania’s birds survive in protected network

As climate change forces birds in Tanzania to head west, protected areas set aside for mammals are keeping them alive.

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Science Wire | Feb 12, 2013

Engineers mimic how peacocks do color for screen displays

Engineers trying to mimic the peacocks’ color mechanism for screens have locked in structural color, which is made with texture rather than chemicals.

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Science Wire | Feb 05, 2013

Heat stroke killing captive baby elephants

High temperatures and low rainfall brought on by climate change affect the survival of elephants working in timber camps in Myanmar and double the risk of death to the calves.

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Science Wire | Jan 24, 2013

Why exercise slows memory loss in Alzheimer’s

A stress hormone produced during moderate exercise may protect the brain from memory changes related to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Science Wire | Jan 17, 2013

Heat brings earliest spring blooms on record

Unusually warm spring weather in 2010 and 2012 resulted in the earliest blooms on record in two US locations, a new study finds.

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Science Wire | Jan 10, 2013

Even in remote spots, chemicals lurk in trees

Scientists have found that flame retardant chemicals show up as environmental pollutants all over the world, even in remote parts of Indonesia, Nepal, and Tasmania

Image credit: Paulo Fehlauer
Science Wire | Jan 09, 2013

Amazon’s diversity loss shows up in the soil

Researchers worry that a loss of genetic variation in microbial communities in the Amazon’s converted agricultural land could negatively affect the entire ecosystem.

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Science Wire | Jan 02, 2013

Shifts in food supply sparked our evolution

An environment that shifted between open grassland and closed woodland in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution.

Image credit: ©Natural History Museum, London/Mark Witton
Science Wire | Dec 19, 2012

New dinosaur may be oldest by 10 million years

Working with fossils found in Tanzania, scientists have discovered what may be the oldest known dinosaur.

Photo credit: Victoria Pickering
Science Wire | Dec 11, 2012

Homicide spreads like the flu, says study

Homicide moves through a community like an infectious disease, a finding that may help police track and even prevent murders.

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Science Wire | Dec 04, 2012

Like us, great apes suffer mid-life crisis

They may not go out and buy a shiny sports car, but chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis, just like humans.

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Science Wire | Nov 30, 2012

For pandas, bamboo buffet may run short

China’s endangered wild pandas need bamboo to survive, but models show that climate change may kill it off in swaths.

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Science Wire | Nov 23, 2012

To love your life, exercise a little more

People’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual, research shows.

Credit: UC Berkeley
Science Wire | Nov 14, 2012

Hermit crabs gather to evict neighbors

Most social animals get together for protection or to mate or hunt, but terrestrial hermit crabs socialize to steal each other’s houses.

Ingesting silver—in antimicrobial health tonics or for extensive medical treatments involving silver—can cause argyria, a condition in which the skin turns grayish-blue. The process, researchers have discovered, is similar to developing black-and-white photographs. Image Credit: Romanchuck Dimitry/Shutterstock
Science Wire | Oct 26, 2012

Why silver turns skin blue

Ingesting too much silver can turn the skin blue and new research suggests the process is similar to developing black-and-white photographs.

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Science Wire | Oct 11, 2012

Why nasty noises make us squirm

The screechy sound of chalk on a blackboard is unpleasant because of the heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of our brain, research shows.

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Science Wire | Oct 05, 2012

Tiny dino nipped plants with vampire fangs

Rocks in South Africa have revealed a new species of dinosaur—with inch-long jaws and self-sharpening teeth.

VIEW LARGER | EPR spectrometer at UC Santa Barbara. Image Credit: Susumu Takahashi.
Science Wire | Sep 21, 2012

Laser zooms in on tiny molecules

A new laser-powered spectrometer will allow scientists to study tiny moving molecules at very high resolution.

"We now have a parts list of what makes us human," says Yale University's Mark Gerstein. "What we are doing is figuring out the wiring diagram of how it all works." Image Credit: Shutterstock
Science Wire | Sep 06, 2012

10 years later: a human genome full of surprises

The human genome is far more rich and complex than originally thought.

Joseph DeSimone via UNC Gazette
Interviews | Jul 27, 2012

Joseph DeSimone on being an inventor

Joseph DeSimone: “To be proactive in ways that grow the economy, create jobs and improve the well-being of society – that’s a great opportunity.”