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March 28, 2020

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Inspired by a tactic cancer cells use to evade the immune system, researchers have engineered tiny particles that can trick ... read more
Geologists have discovered the first ancestor on the family tree that contains most animals today, including humans. The wormlike creature, Ikaria wariootia, is the earliest ... read more
Revealing yet another super-power in the skillful squid, scientists have discovered that squid massively edit their own genetic instructions not only within the nucleus of ... read more

Unprecedented Preservation of Fossil Feces from the La Brea Tar Pits

Scientists have found the first coprolites -- or fossil feces -- ever discovered in an asphaltic -- or tar pit -- ... read more
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Engineers Find Ankle Exoskeleton Aids Running

Researchers find that a motorized device that attaches around the ankle and foot can drastically reduce the energy cost of ... read more

Here Be Dragons: Analysis Reveals New Species in 'Smaug' Lizard Group

Smaug, the deadly dragon in J.R.R Tolkien's 'The Hobbit,' has a newly discovered living relative. With dense, alligator-like armor, this small, real-life dragon lizard, Smaug swazicus, ... read more

Simulated 'Frankenfish Brain-Swaps' Reveal Senses Control Body Movement

Plenty of fictional works like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein have explored the idea of swapping out a brain from one individual and transferring it into a completely different body. However, a team ... read more

The Physics That Drives Periodic Economic Downturns

A professor says that the way spilled milk spreads across the floor can explain why economic downturns regularly occur. Because the economic prosperity derived from new ideas or inventions follows ... read more

Cannabis Helps Fight Resistant Bacteria

Bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. By combining antibiotics with the cannabis compound, cannabidiol, researchers have found a way to enhance the antibiotic ... read more

Mechanical Forces Shape Bacterial Biofilms' Puzzling Patterns

Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Now, researchers have combined expertise in molecular biology, ... read more

How Squid Communicate in the Dark

Researchers begin to reveal how social squid communicate in the near-blackness of the deep ... read more

Jets of Bacteria Carry Microscopic Cargoes

It is a longstanding challenge to be able to control biological systems to perform specific tasks. Researchers have now reported doing just that. They used a liquid crystal to dictate the direction ... read more

Device Could 'Hear' Disease Through Structures Housing Cells

Researchers have built a device that uses sound waves to detect the stiffness of an extracellular matrix, a structural network that contains cells. Changes in the stiffness of this structure can ... read more

Water-Balloon Physics Is High-Impact Science

Researchers have established the definitive physical rules governing capsule impact, a research area that had gone virtually unexplored until now. The results reveal a surprising relationship between ... read more

Chip-Based Device Opens New Doors for Augmented Reality and Quantum Computing

Researchers have designed a new chip-based device that can shape and steer blue light with no moving parts. The device could greatly reduce the size of light projection components used for augmented ... read more

Scientists Program Cells to Carry out Gene-Guided Construction Projects

Researchers developed a technique called genetically targeted chemical assembly, or GTCA, which they used to assemble electronically active biopolymer meshes on mammalian brain cells and on neurons ... read more

Building a Better Color Vision Test for Animals

Biologists modified simple electronics to create a color vision test for fiddler crabs and other ... read more

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A new study elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways ... read more

Bone Analyses Tell About Kitchen Utensils in the Middle Ages

Who in the Middle Ages cooked their dinner in copper pots? And where did they do it? Such information can be revealed by chemical analyses of human ... read more

Compact Beam Steering Studies to Revolutionize Autonomous Navigation, AR, Neuroscience

In three recent papers, engineers report the first demonstration of optical phased array technology on-chip at both near infrared and blue wavelength with applications in a broad range of research ... read more

How Molecules Self-Assemble Into Superstructures

Most technical functional units are built bit by bit according to a well-designed construction plan. The components are sequentially put in place by humans or machines. Life, however, starts ... read more

Vampire Bats Form Deep Social Bonds by Grooming Before Sharing Blood

For vampire bats, sharing blood with a roostmate is the mark of a true bond. Though these relationships are uncommon, they demonstrate behavior akin to what some might call friendship. Researchers ... read more

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact ... read more

An Advance in Molecular Moviemaking Shows How Molecules Respond to Two Photons of Light

Some of the molecules' responses were surprising and others had been seen before with other techniques, but never in such detail or so directly, without relying on advance knowledge of what they ... read more

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