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July 30, 2015 — Organic molecules never previously observed in comets, a relatively varied structure on the surface but a fairly homogeneous interior, organic compounds forming agglomerates rather than being ... read more

July 30, 2015 — By analyzing the natural mechanics of the water strider that enable it to launch off water's surface scientists have emulated this extreme form of locomotion in novel robotic ... read more

July 30, 2015 — Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their ... read more

July 30, 2015 — Put before a predator, one of the defensive behavior terrestrial crustaceans like the Common rough woodlouse can exercise is feigning death. Personality is argued to influence the duration and ... read more

July 30, 2015 — A physics-based model can explain how ants cooperate in steering food to their nest. To lug a large object, a number of ants surround it -- the back ones lift, those on the leading edge pull. How do ... read more

July 29, 2015 — By observing a brown dwarf 20 light-years away using both radio and optical telescopes, astronomers have found that such so-called failed stars host powerful auroras near their magnetic poles -- ... read more

July 29, 2015 — The merger of two black holes is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. The first observatories capable of directly detecting gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of ... read more

July 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed a yarn from ordinary gelatine that has good qualities similar to those of merino wool fibers. Now they are working on making the yarn even more water ... read more

July 29, 2015 — After more than two-years of international investigation, scientists have concluded that Napoleon likely would have conquered Russia in 1812 if not for the life-saving brain surgery performed on ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Wild chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda are increasingly eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, according to a long-term international study . The article describes how the ... read more

Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior, Experts Say

July 28, 2015 — Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to new research. With cheating scandals a persistent threat on college campuses and ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Researchers have come up with a new definition of chaos that applies more broadly than Lyapunov exponents and other previous definitions of chaos. The new definition fits on a few lines, can be ... read more

Identifying Ever-Growing Disturbances Leading to Freak Waves

July 28, 2015 — Physicists now better understand wave systems exhibiting unusual disturbances by identifying growing localized patterns as early indicators of such ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Theoretical physicists have developed a fully-symmetric formulation of quantum theory which establishes an exact link between asymmetry and the fact that we can remember the past but not the ... read more

Patient 2.0, Heal Thyself

July 28, 2015 — Researchers explain how the new paradigm of a digital healthcare system, as it matures, is putting the picture of the doctor-patient relationship in an entirely new frame and not always in a positive ... read more

July 28, 2015 — The Tyrannosaurus rex and its fellow theropod dinosaurs that rampage across the screen in movies like Jurassic World were successful predators partly due to a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientists have devised a new strategy to precisely modify human T cells using the genome-editing system known as CRISPR/Cas9. Because these immune-system cells play important roles in a wide range ... read more

At What Age Does Hard Work Add a Shine to Lousy Prizes?

July 27, 2015 — Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research. The findings revealed that when ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Quantum technology based on light (photons) has great potential for radically new information technology based on photonic circuits. Now researchers have discovered a new type of photonic channels, ... read more

Ethics of Tomorrow? Should Androids Have the Right to Have Children?

July 27, 2015 — Science fiction culture has prospered and gone from being for nerds only in the 1970s and 1980s to becoming part of popular culture in the last two decades. This particularly applies to the TV series ... read more

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