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Doubling up on ‘junk DNA’ helps make us human
October 19th, 2017, 07:37 PM
DNA duplicated only in humans may contribute to human traits and disease.
Laws to protect athletes’ brains do reduce concussions — eventually
October 19th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Recurrent concussions among high school athletes went down about 2½ years after traumatic brain injury laws were on the books, a new study finds.
The next wave of bird flu could be worse than ever
October 19th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Deadly bird flu can pass between ferrets through the air.
50 years ago, engineers tried catching commercial planes in nets
October 19th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Fifty years ago, aviation experts tried helping commercial aircraft come to a stop during landing by catching them in massive nets. The idea crash-landed for commercial flights, but it’s still used in the military.
The physics of mosquito takeoffs shows why you don’t feel a thing
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Even when full of blood, mosquitoes use more wing force than leg force to escape a host undetected — clue to why they’re so good at spreading disease.
Animal study reveals how a fever early in pregnancy can cause birth defects
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Using chicken embryos, study shows that heat itself, not an infectious agent, is the driving factor behind certain heart and facial birth defects.
The newest AlphaGo mastered the game with no human input
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
AlphaGo Zero is the first AI system of its kind to learn the game just by playing against itself.
Conspiring with engineers helps make science great
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill says the passion to acquire knowledge and apply it lives in both engineers and scientists.
Readers question photons colliding, black sea snakes and more
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Readers had questions about brain flexibility, black sea snakes and photon collisions.
Being a vampire can be brutal. Here’s how bloodsuckers get by.
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Blood-sucking animals have specialized physiology and other tools to live on a diet rich in protein and lacking in some nutrients.
Moms tweak the timbre of their voice when talking to their babies
October 18th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Mothers shift the timbre, or quality, of their voice when talking to their babies, a change that happens in many different languages.
Here’s what space toilets can teach us about finding signs of alien life
October 17th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Lessons learned from flushing space toilets can help researchers plan life-hunting missions to icy moons.
How volcanoes may have ended the dynasty of Ptolemy and Cleopatra
October 17th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Volcanic ash in polar ice reveal a link between eruptions and the timing of revolts in Cleopatra’s Egypt.
This stretchy implant could help kids avoid repeated open-heart surgeries
October 17th, 2017, 07:37 PM
A new type of surgical implant grows along with its recipient.
Here’s a breakdown of the animals that crossed the Pacific on 2011 tsunami debris
October 17th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Hundreds of marine animals from Japan have washed up on U.S. beaches since the destructive 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
A universal flu shot may be nearing reality
October 17th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Scientists are developing a universal vaccine against flu, making annual shots a thing of the past.
New physics books don’t censor the math behind reality
October 16th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Special Relativity and Classical Theory and The Physical World offer deep dives into physical reality’s mathematical foundations.
Gut fungi might be linked to obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders
October 16th, 2017, 07:37 PM
Fungi are overlooked contributors to health and disease.
To understand the origins of pain, ask a flatworm
October 16th, 2017, 07:37 PM
A danger-sensing protein responds to hydrogen peroxide in planarians, results that hint at the evolutionary origins of people’s pain sensing.
Neutron star collision showers the universe with a wealth of discoveries
October 16th, 2017, 07:37 PM
A collision of neutron stars was spotted with gravitational waves for the first time. Telescopes captured gamma rays, visible light and more from the smashup.