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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Sorry, Explorers Club, but woolly mammoth is no longer on the menu. Neither is the giant ground ... read more

Hallucinogen May Protect Against Intimate Partner Violence, Researcher Suggests

Feb. 5, 2016 — Hallucinogen research gains traction, suggests class of substance could be therapeutic for problem behaviors, including intimate partner violence, according to one ... read more

Genetic Cause of Rare Allergy to Vibration Discovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Location and environmental conditions may influence when gentoo chicks huddle in cold, wet Antarctic conditions, according to new ... read more

Parasitic Ants Alter How Captive Ants Recognize Nest Mates

Feb. 3, 2016 — Enslaved Formica worker ants are more genetically and chemically diverse and less aggressive towards non-nest mates than free-living Formica ant colonies, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study identifies a Jurassic age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly -- but whose emergence on Earth predates the butterfly by about 40 million ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'These findings suggest that the way in which people measure success affects their honesty. When success is measured by social comparison, as is the case when winning a competition, dishonesty ... read more

Researchers Try to Determine the Cause of Female Red Flour Beetle Promiscuity

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research focused on four possibilities that may explain why beetles are so promiscuous: that mating benefits the female beetles by providing them with moisture; with nutrients in the ejaculate; ... read more

New Zealand's Little Penguins Are Recent Australian Invaders

Feb. 2, 2016 — The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study. Following the recent ... read more

Bright Sparks Shed New Light on the Dark Matter Riddle

Feb. 1, 2016 — The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more

Mechanical 'Trees' Swaying in the Wind: Turning Good Vibrations Into Energy

Feb. 1, 2016 — A project is testing whether high-tech objects that look a bit like artificial trees can generate renewable power when they are shaken by the wind -- or by the sway of a tall building, traffic on a ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — When cold milk is poured into a hot cup of tea, a temperature equilibrium is reached very quickly. The milk droplets and the tea particles interact, and after a few moments they all have the same ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — An international team of scientists -- recently returned from a 47-day research expedition to the mid-Atlantic -- have collected an unprecedented sequence of rock samples from the shallow mantle of ... read more

Jan. 30, 2016 — Satellite data shows that the moon's gravity puts a slight damper on rainfall on ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The bladderwort has a trap faster than the blink of an eye. It uses powerful suction to snatch its prey. A recently published review is helping reveal exactly how a plant can suck so ... read more

The Harbingers of Aging

Jan. 29, 2016 — Researchers have detected age-dependent alterations in metabolism and gene regulation in middle-aged fruitflies, and show that these effects are linked to a reduction in lifespan, suggests a new ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago -- in this case a 500-pound bird -- has been ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery’s negative terminal, or anode, according ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Getting the interfaces between the two liquids into different shapes unlocks new kinds of behaviors and applications. And thanks to new research, one special kind of emulsion is becoming easier to ... read more

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