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December 5, 2019

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NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sheds New Light on the Sun

Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's ... read more
Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ... read more
A study in fruit flies has identified serotonin as a chemical that triggers the body's startle response, the automatic deer-in-the-headlights reflex that freezes the body ... read more
Researchers have devised a novel circuit design that enables precise control of computing with magnetic waves -- with no electricity needed. The advance takes a step toward ... read more
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Like Pavlov's Dog, This Thermoplastic Is Learning a New Trick: Walking

Researchers are 'training' pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed is the first time a synthetic actuator 'learns' to do new 'tricks' ... read more

Bio-Inspired Hydrogel Can Rapidly Switch to Rigid Plastic

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during ... read more

Facial Deformity in Royal Dynasty Was Linked to Inbreeding, Scientists Confirm

The 'Habsburg jaw,' a facial condition of the Habsburg dynasty of Spanish and Austrian kings and their wives, can be attributed to inbreeding, according to new ... read more

Sounds of the Past Give New Hope for Coral Reef Restoration

Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new ... read more

New Device Enables Battery-Free Computer Input at the Tip of Your Finger

Computer scientists have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways. The device, called Tip-Tap, is ... read more

Underwater Telecom Cables Make Superb Seismic Network

Photonic systems can transform underwater fiber-optic cables into a dense network of seismic stations to illuminate ocean-floor earthquake zones impossible to study today, according to a new study. ... read more

Fighting Fruit Flies: Aggressive Behavior Influenced by Previous Interactions

Aggression doesn't just depend on who you are or who you're interacting with but also depends on your previous interactions, a new fruit fly study has ... read more

Unique Sled Dogs Helped the Inuit Thrive in the North American Arctic

The legacy of these Inuit dogs survives today in Arctic sled dogs, making them one of the last remaining descendant populations of indigenous, pre-European dog lineages in the ... read more

A Carnivorous Dinosaur Species Regrew All Its Teeth Every Few Months

A meat-eating dinosaur species that lived in Madagascar some 70 million years ago replaced all its teeth every couple of months or so, a new study has found, surprising even the researchers. In fact, ... read more

Impact Crater Data Analysis of Ryugu Asteroid Illuminates Complicated Geological History

Analysis of the impact craters on Ryugu using the spacecraft Hayabusa2's remote sensing image data has illuminated the geological history of the Near-Earth asteroid and revealed 77 craters. ... read more

Researchers have taken a new and significant step toward detecting a signal from the period in cosmic history when the first stars lit up the ... read more

We Love Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Soft Drinks So Much, Caffeine Is Literally in Our Blood

Scientists may have proven how much people love coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and energy drinks as they validated their new method for studying how different drugs interact in the ... read more

Leftover Grain from Breweries Could Be Converted Into Fuel for Homes

A researcher has developed a low cost technique to convert left over barley from alcohol breweries into carbon, which could be used as a renewable fuel for homes in winter, charcoal for summer ... read more

16-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows Springtails Hitchhiking on Winged Termite

A newly reported, 16-million-year-old fossil is shedding light on how a group of tiny arthropods may have traversed the globe -- by ... read more

With a lot of ingenuity and a little luck, researchers monitored the heart rate of a blue whale in the wild. The measurement suggests that blue whale hearts are operating at extremes -- and may limit ... read more

Dinosaur Skull Turns Paleontology Assumptions on Their Head

A team of researchers has unearthed a well-preserved Styracosaurus skull -- and its facial imperfections have implications for how paleontologists identify new species of dinosaurs. Nicknamed Hannah, ... read more

How Mantis Shrimp Make Sense of the World

A new study provides insight into how the small brains of mantis shrimp - fierce predators with keen vision that are among the fastest strikers in the animal kingdom - are able to make sense of a ... read more

Living at the Edge of an Active Volcano: Risk from Lava Flows on Mount Etna

On Mt. Etna volcano, inhabited areas have been inundated repeatedly by lava flows in historical times. The increasing exposure of a larger population, which has almost tripled in the area around Mt. ... read more

Self-Assembling System Uses Magnets to Mimic Specific Binding in DNA

Physicists are using the binding power of magnets to design self-assembling systems that potentially can be created in nanoscale ... read more

Novel Memory Device Can Be Written on and Read out Optically or Electrically

Scientists have developed a novel storage technology based on the combination of an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and an ... read more

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