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March 28, 2020

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Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to ... 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
East Antarctica's Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers are ... read more
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks ... read more
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Double-Walled Nanotubes Have Electro-Optical Advantages

Theorists find that flexoelectric effects in double-walled carbon nanotubes could be highly useful for photovoltaic ... read more

Quantum Copycat: Researchers Find a New Way in Which Bosons Behave Like Fermions

When a one-dimensional gas of strongly interacting bosons expands, the velocity distribution of the bosons transforms into one that is identical to non-interacting ... read more

In Earth's Largest Extinction, Land Animal Die-Offs Began Long Before Marine Extinction

Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that the terrestrial extinctions from Gondwana occurred at the ... read more

UK Local Authorities Not Ready for the Number of Deaths from Covid-19

Even if fatality rates are at the lower end of expectations -- one percent of virus victims -- it is highly likely that death and bereavement services will be ... read more

Gene Mutation Enhances Cognitive Flexibility in Mice

Researchers have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility -- the ability to adapt to changing ... read more

Seafloor of Fram Strait Is a Sink for Microplastic from Arctic and North Atlantic Ocean

Working in the Arctic Fram Strait, scientists have found microplastic throughout the water column with particularly high concentrations at the ocean ... read more

Standardizing COVID-19 Data Analysis to Aid International Research Efforts

Researchers have launched a new database to advance the international research efforts studying COVID-19. The publicly-available, free-to-use resource can be used by researchers from around the world ... read more

ALMA Resolves Gas Impacted by Young Jets from Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The team found that ... read more

How to Boost Immune Response to Vaccines in Older People

Identifying interventions that improve vaccine efficacy in older persons is vital to deliver healthy aging for an aging population. Immunologists have identified a route for counteracting the ... read more

Light Funnel Apparatus Created

Physicists have developed a light funnel apparatus. It could serve as a new platform for hypersensitive optical ... read more

COVID-19 Linked to Cardiac Injury, Worse Outcomes for Patients With Heart Conditions

COVID-19 can have fatal consequences for people with underlying cardiovascular disease and cause cardiac injury even in patients without underlying heart conditions, according to a new ... read more

Scientists Predict the Size of Plastics Animals Can Eat

A team of scientists has, for the first time, developed a way of predicting the size of plastics different animals are likely to ... read more

Animals Keep Viruses in the Sea in Balance

A variety of sea animals can take up virus particles while filtering seawater for oxygen and food. Sponges are particularly ... read more

A New Battery Chemistry Promises Safer High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries

For the first time, researchers who explore the physical and chemical properties of electrical energy storage have found a new way to improve lithium-ion batteries. They successfully increased not ... read more

Forgotten Tale of Phage Therapy History Revealed

In the current situation when the fear of virus infections in the public is common, it is good to remember that some viruses can be extremely beneficial for humankind, even save lives. Such viruses, ... read more

Disasters Can Affect Cervical Cancer Screening for Years

Screening is important for the early detection of cervical cancer, but rates were significantly affected, in some areas for years, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in ... read more

Highly Efficient and Stable Double Layer Solar Cell Developed

A research team has developed a new type of solar cell that can both withstand environmental hazards and is 26.7% efficient in power ... read more

Control of Anthropogenic Atmospheric Emissions Can Improve Water Quality in Seas

A new research highlighted the importance of reducing fossil fuel combustion not only to curb the trend of global warming, but also to improve the quality of China's coastal ... read more

Why Does Your Cotton Towel Get Stiff After Natural Drying?

The remaining 'bound water' on cotton surfaces cross-link single fibers of cotton, causing hardening after natural drying, according to a new study. This provides new insight into unique ... read more

Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics

One of the most widely used oil-based plastics, polyurethane, is particularly hard to recycle or destroy safely. It also releases toxic chemicals into landfills. However, some microorganisms are ... read more

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