Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions
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Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions

In a new analysis, Princeton researchers have created a mathematical model to explain how desert harvester ants collectively weigh the cost of losing water while foraging against the…

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CRISPR Gene Editing Makes Stem Cells ‘Invisible’ to Immune System
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CRISPR Gene Editing Makes Stem Cells ‘Invisible’ to Immune System

UC San Francisco scientists have used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to create the first pluripotent stem cells that are functionally “invisible” to the immune system, a feat of…

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Discovery of Severe Psychological Impairment due to Space Travel Brings Mission to Mars into Question
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Discovery of Severe Psychological Impairment due to Space Travel Brings Mission to Mars into Question

While most of the talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, which took place last week, focused on the findings of studies based on…

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Physicists calculate proton’s pressure distribution for first time
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Physicists calculate proton’s pressure distribution for first time

The particle’s core withstands pressures higher than those inside a neutron star, according to a new study. Neutron stars are among the densest-known objects in the universe, withstanding…

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Urine Test Detects Organ Transplant Rejection, Could Replace Needle Biopsies
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Urine Test Detects Organ Transplant Rejection, Could Replace Needle Biopsies

Too often, it’s only after a transplanted organ has sustained serious damage that a biopsy reveals the organ is in rejection. A new screening method using sensor particles…

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Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow
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Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow

A boost of vitamin C helped Rice University scientists turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires. Common, mild ascorbic acid is the not-so-secret sauce that helped the Rice lab of chemist Eugene Zubarev grow…

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NASA to Provide Coverage of SpaceX Commercial Crew Flight Test
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NASA to Provide Coverage of SpaceX Commercial Crew Flight Test

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Demo-1 flight test to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program,…

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Researchers look to computing’s past to unlock 3D-printed mechanical logic gates for the future
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Researchers look to computing’s past to unlock 3D-printed mechanical logic gates for the future

Taking a page from the past, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and engineers are combining mechanical computing with 3D printing as part of an effort to create “sentient”…

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Researchers look to computing’s past to unlock 3D-printed mechanical logic gates for the future
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Researchers look to computing’s past to unlock 3D-printed mechanical logic gates for the future

Taking a page from the past, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and engineers are combining mechanical computing with 3D printing as part of an effort to create “sentient”…

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Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin
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Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin

Parenthood can be a struggle, particularly for families with multiple children in need of care, nurturing, protection and attention. But a weary mom or dad may find solace…

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Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin
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Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin

Parenthood can be a struggle, particularly for families with multiple children in need of care, nurturing, protection and attention. But a weary mom or dad may find solace…

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Blue ‘blood’ gives residents innovative microsurgery training
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Blue ‘blood’ gives residents innovative microsurgery training

The UW Department of Surgery is at the forefront of training residents in microsurgery, a surgical discipline that combines magnification, precision tools, and specialized operating techniques. Samuel Poore, MD,…

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Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon
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Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

Astronomers call it “the moon that shouldn’t be there.” After several years of analysis, a team of planetary scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has at last come…

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Polymers pave way for wider use of recycled tires in asphalt
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Polymers pave way for wider use of recycled tires in asphalt

Each year, about 27 million tires end up in landfills, dumps and stockpiles, where they pose health and environmental hazards. These tires could get a second life as…

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Porsche tests the use of autonomous driving in the workshop
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Porsche tests the use of autonomous driving in the workshop

Using a tablet to access the lifting platform: Porsche tests autonomous driving in the company’s own workshop. The test project is part of a collaboration in the context…

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Potential link between vitamin D deficiency and loss of brain plasticity
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Potential link between vitamin D deficiency and loss of brain plasticity

University of Queensland research may explain why vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia. Associate Professor Thomas Burne…

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Predicting sequence from structure
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Predicting sequence from structure

One way to probe intricate biological systems is to block their components from interacting and see what happens. This method allows researchers to better understand cellular processes and…

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Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution
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Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load…

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Sound waves let quantum systems ​‘talk’ to one another
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Sound waves let quantum systems ​‘talk’ to one another

Breakthrough could advance quantum sensors, computing and communication. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago have invented an innovative…

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No-touch sensor measures vital signs of small animals
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No-touch sensor measures vital signs of small animals

Measuring the vital signs of small conscious animals with feathers, fur or scales is no easy task, but Cornell researchers have come up with a solution. For the…

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A polariton filter turns ordinary laser light into quantum light
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A polariton filter turns ordinary laser light into quantum light

An international team of researchers led out of Macquarie University has demonstrated a new approach for converting ordinary laser light into genuine quantum light. Their approach uses nanometre-thick…

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Biomedical engineers develop wearable respiration monitor with children’s toy
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Biomedical engineers develop wearable respiration monitor with children’s toy

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis. It’s designed to help children with…

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Genes to proteins: Efforts enriching nutrition of popcorn, sorghum
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Genes to proteins: Efforts enriching nutrition of popcorn, sorghum

The quality of protein often gets overshadowed amid the spotlight on its quantity. But that quality — the presence or absence of amino acids essential to the diets…

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What Does a Dolphin Have in Common with a Fruit Fly?
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What Does a Dolphin Have in Common with a Fruit Fly?

Fruit flies do it. Dolphins do it. Even round worms do it. Yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about sleep. Sleep serves multiple functions, some of which are…

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Researchers chart path to cheaper flexible solar cells
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Researchers chart path to cheaper flexible solar cells

There’s a lot to like about perovskite-based solar cells. They are simple and cheap to produce, offer flexibility that could unlock a wide new range of installation methods…

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Research Continues to Shed Light on Our Confusion Over Gun Violence and Mental Health
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Research Continues to Shed Light on Our Confusion Over Gun Violence and Mental Health

Soon after mass shooting incidents occur, people inevitably make links between gun violence and those with mental illness. They assert that if individuals had more consistent access to…

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Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help
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Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help

Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite. The labs of Rice…

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’Longevity Protein’ Rejuvenates Muscle Healing in Old Mice
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’Longevity Protein’ Rejuvenates Muscle Healing in Old Mice

One of the downsides to getting older is that skeletal muscle loses its ability to heal after injury. New research from the University of Pittsburgh implicates the so-called “longevity protein”…

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VR Therapy Effective at Treating Phobias in Children and Adults with Autism
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VR Therapy Effective at Treating Phobias in Children and Adults with Autism

In two studies funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Autism in Adulthood, researchers from…

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Detecting Undersea Activity by Analyzing Behaviors of Marine Organisms
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Detecting Undersea Activity by Analyzing Behaviors of Marine Organisms

Incorporation of biological signals will extend range, lifetime, and performance of undersea surveillance technologies in strategic waters. Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program. Image credit: DARPA. Goliath grouper,…

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Land Heavier Payloads on Mars. Aim for the Ground, Pull up at the Last Moment
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Land Heavier Payloads on Mars. Aim for the Ground, Pull up at the Last Moment

In the coming decades, a number of missions are planned for Mars, which include proposals to send astronauts there for the first time. This presents numerous logistical and…

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British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon
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British Satellite Tests its Space Junk Harpoon

Last summer, a new type of debris-hunting satellite was released from the International Space Station (ISS). It’s known as the RemoveDebris spacecraft, a technology-demonstrator developed by Surrey Satellite…

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting Nano-Painkiller which is Less Addictive than Regular Painkillers
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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting Nano-Painkiller which is Less Addictive than Regular Painkillers

The so-called opioid epidemic which recently developed in the United States and Canada has put pressure on researchers to come up with effective socio-political measures and pharmaceutical alternatives…

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Newly isolated human gut bacterium reveals possible connection to depression
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Newly isolated human gut bacterium reveals possible connection to depression

Research team studies the compelling connection between one of NIH’s ​“most wanted” bacteria and mental health. Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing…

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NASA’s Record-Setting Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End
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NASA’s Record-Setting Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars…

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When it comes to Science and Tech, Small Teams Bring more Innovation, Researchers Find
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When it comes to Science and Tech, Small Teams Bring more Innovation, Researchers Find

Nowadays, it is often said that big teams help solve big problems by encouraging networking and serendipitous encounters, yet a new review of 60 years-worth of publications, published…

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InSight has Placed its Heat Probe on the Martian Surface. Next Step – Jackhammer Down 5 Meters
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InSight has Placed its Heat Probe on the Martian Surface. Next Step – Jackhammer Down 5 Meters

NASA’s InSight lander has finally placed its heat probe on the surface of Mars. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) was deployed on February 12th, about…

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Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?
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Where is the Universe Hiding its Missing Mass?

New results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped solve the Universe’s “missing mass” problem, as reported in the latest press release. Astronomers cannot account for about…

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Thinking positively during pregnancy? You could be helping your child’s ability in maths and science
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Thinking positively during pregnancy? You could be helping your child’s ability in maths and science

Using data from Bristol’s Children of the 90s study the research is one of a series from the University of Bristol, that examines a parental personality attribute known as…

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Scientists created a low-cost device to harness wave energy
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Scientists created a low-cost device to harness wave energy

The world needs renewable energy. Nothing is truly green until it’s made using exclusively just green energy. However, it is not just a matter of wind, solar and…

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