Top Science News
October 6, 2015

A new study on Homo naledi, the extinct human relative whose remains were discovered in a South African cave and introduced to the world last month, ... read more
When researchers captured Eurasian reed warblers along the Russian coast during their spring migrations and flew them 1,000 kilometers east to Zvenigorod, the birds weren't fazed; they simply ... read more
What do killer whales, polar bears and humans have in common? They are adaptable predators with the ability to select new prey when their favourite food is in low supply. But this change can disrupt ... read more
A team of scientists has solved a long-running mystery about the first stages of plant life on ... read more
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Health News
October 6, 2015

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi ?mura for their discoveries ... read more
A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it, according to new research. The majority of these ... read more
Researchers have discovered that mothers with high levels of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children, but also their ... read more
In a new paper, researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working -- though not thinking -- sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive ... read more
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Physical/Tech News
October 6, 2015

A team of engineers has built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time, making calculations between two qubits of information possible -- and thereby clearing the final hurdle to making ... read more
The world's first entirely light-based memory chip to store data permanently has been developed by material scientists. The device, which makes use of materials used in CDs and DVDs, could help ... read more
What are the properties of the vacuum, the absolute nothingness? So far, physicists have assumed that it is impossible to directly access the characteristics of the ground state of empty space. Now, ... read more
Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an ... read more
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Environment News
October 6, 2015

Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group. ... read more
Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano there tens of thousands of years ago generated an ocean tsunami that dwarfed ... read more
Research into a vast bone bed in western Montana has yielded the most complete life history of any dinosaur ... read more
As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize ... read more
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Society/Education News
October 6, 2015

In a new study, a mathematical economist has demonstrated a connection between long-term income increases and personal satisfaction. Overtime also affects personal levels of happiness -- but in a ... read more
Across the country, many employees are seated at desks for the majority of an eight-hour workday. As technology creates an increase in sedentary ... read more
It is possible to identify an individual's ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics, new research shows -- a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement ... read more
Researchers have demonstrated a safe and affordable battery capable of storing energy from intermittent sources -- like rooftop solar panels -- that is suitable for the ... read more
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