Top Science News
November 30, 2015

Biologists have documented groups of bonobos performing complex actions to extract food -- a characteristic that has hitherto been regarded as an ... read more
Computer simulations have allowed scientists to work out how a puzzling 555-million-year-old organism with no known modern relatives fed, revealing ... read more
An international team of astrophysicists has for the first time witnessed a star being swallowed by a black hole and ejecting a flare of matter ... read more
Periods of high extinction on Earth, rather than evolutionary adaptations, may have been a key driver in the diversification of amniotes (today's dominant land vertebrates, including reptiles, birds, ... read more
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Health News
November 30, 2015

When a high-fat diet causes us to become obese, it also appears to prompt normally bustling immune cells in our brain to become sedentary and start ... read more
Blood taken from children up to the age of five contains molecular evidence about whether their mothers smoked during pregnancy, shows new ... read more
The serious dangers of loneliness have long been known, but the cellular mechanisms by which loneliness causes adverse health outcomes have not been well understood. Now, a team of researchers has ... read more
Genes for important skin proteins arose in a common ancestor shared by humans and turtles 310 million years ago, a genome comparison has ... read more
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Physical/Tech News
November 30, 2015

An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. The discovery suggests a range of potential ... read more
An analysis of the tone of voice used by couples during therapy allowed a computer algorithm to predict whether a relationship would improve. In fact, the algorithm did a better job of predicting ... read more
Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors ... read more
A team of astronomers has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. These observations show how the unexpectedly large size of the particles of dust surrounding ... read more
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Environment News
November 30, 2015

A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the ... read more
A previously unknown anthropoid primate -- a forerunner of today's monkeys, apes and humans -- has been found in Libya. Researchers have dubbed their new find Apidium ... read more
Global warming will progress faster than what was previously believed. The reason is that greenhouse gas emissions that arise naturally are also affected by increased temperatures. This has been ... read more
The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a ... read more
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Society/Education News
November 30, 2015

After a decade of rapid growth in global carbon dioxide emissions, which increased at an average annual rate of 4%, much smaller increases were registered in 2012 (0.8%), 2013 (1.5%) and 2014 (0.5%). ... read more
To limit climate change, experts say that we need to reach carbon neutrality by the end of this century at the latest. To achieve that goal, our dependence on fossil fuels must be reversed. But what ... read more
A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a researcher ... read more
In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back ... read more
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