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  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by manix
    +25 +6

    Kremsner: New malaria vaccine is '100 percent protective'

    Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by grandsalami
    +20 +6

    Scientists find a ht 'super-Earth' – and much, much more

    Astronomers have found 60 new planets near our own – boosting the chances of finding one that could support life. A team of international scientists found a further 54 potential planets, meaning that in all the researchers might have discovered a full 114 planets. And at least some of those might be like Earth, and able to support life, the researchers have said.

  • Analysis
    6 days ago
    by Apolatia
    +20 +4

    Six centuries of geomagnetic intensity variations recorded by royal Judean stamped jar handles

    Understanding the geomagnetic field behavior in the past, and, in particular, its intensity component, has implications for various (and disparate) fields of research, including the physics of Earth’s interior, atmospheric and cosmologic sciences, biology, and archaeology. This study provides substantial data on variations in geomagnetic field intensity during the eighth to second centuries BCE Levant, thus significantly improving the existing record for this region.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by robmonk
    +10 +2

    World’s largest owl spotted in Utah for the 1st time in nearly 30 years

    The harsh winter cold has brought not only avalanches and flooding this year, but a rare bird not seen in Utah for close to 30 years. Utahns gathered in Mountain Green Feb. 9 after someone spotted the largest owl in the world, the Great Gray Owl, on the side of a road. Utah resident Amber Watkins-Olpin said she was driving to work in the morning and saw a group of people taking pictures and looking at something.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by 66bnats
    +20 +9

    New Dead Sea Scroll cave found near Qumran, but scrolls are gone

    Over 60 years after the first excavations at Qumran, researchers from Hebrew University said Wednesday that they identified a twelfth cave near Qumran they believe contained Dead Sea Scrolls until it was plundered in the middle of the 20th century. The latest excavation was conducted by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority under the auspices of the IDF’s Civil Administration.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +5

    Hubble Has Found the Ancient Galaxies That Gave the Universe Its First Light

    A new technique that removes the light of foreground galaxy clusters is giving astronomers a direct look at a generation of galaxies dating back to the universe's baby years. The discovery is considered a key piece of evidence for a critical, but poorly understood period of time when the universe switched from being dark to radiating light. Scientists theorize that energy from first-generation galaxies transformed the dark, electrically neutral universe into ionized and radiating plasma. But these faint galaxies are not easy to find.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +6

    Scientists find proof of volcanoes on the red planet

    Scientists discovered the evidence of atleast 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Red Planet. On analyzing the Martian Meteorite, which was found in 2012 in Africa, it is confirms that some of the longest-lived volcanoes in the solar system may be found on the Mars. Moreover, it is found that Volcanoes of the Mars are many times bigger in comparison to volcanoes on Earth. Olympus Mons, the largest Martian volcano, is nearly 27.3 kilometers high. Almost triple the height of Earth’s tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, at 10 kilometers.

  • Analysis
    13 days ago
    by ubthejudge
    +23 +5

    Researcher in Wisconsin first to discover a virus that could be making people fat

    The I-Team found one of the first people to be diagnosed with something a researcher calls "infectobesity." His case helped researchers identify the virus, and the Wisconsin man diagnosed calls it a miracle. Randy Voss grew up on a farm outside Peoria, Illinois. "I remember saying 'boy, I just am so tiny I wish I could gain some weight.'" And then something changed when Randy turned 11. "I was kind of a picky eater before, and after that there was nothing I didn't like."

  • Analysis
    8 days ago
    by hxxp
    +26 +3

    Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

    “Bench-to-bedside” describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study in the journal Brain describes what could be considered a direct “aquarium-to-bedside” approach, taking a drug discovered in a genetic zebrafish model of epilepsy and testing it, with promising results, in a small number of children with the disease. The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Analysis
    13 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +40 +5

    Astronomers discover the first white dwarf pulsar in history, ending half a century of searching

    Professors Tom Marsh and Boris Gänsicke of the University’s Astrophysics Group together with Dr David Buckley from the South African Astronomical Observatory, have made astronomical history — they have identified the first white dwarf pulsar humanity has ever seen, in the neighboring system of AR Scorpii (AR Sco). Astronomers have been on the lookout for this class of pulsar for over half a century now.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by sasky
    +29 +7

    Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food

    Many Americans, with the start of the New Year, will resolve to cut back on fast food to avoid an overload of fat and calories. Yet, there is another reason to resist the temptation to indulge in fast food. The greaseproof packaging holding your burger and fries may contain potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals that can leach into food, according to a new peer-reviewed study.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +23 +6

    'Startling' dinosaur protein discovery

    Ancient proteins dating back 195 million years have been found inside a dinosaur bone. The discovery pushes back the oldest evidence for preserved proteins by 100 million years. Scientists have also found traces of a mineral that probably came from the blood of the early Jurassic dinosaur. Soft tissues provide new insights into the biology of dinosaurs and how they evolved.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by melaniee
    +38 +6

    Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world – a new order

    Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and “E.T.-like” appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific “order” – an incredibly rare event. There are about 1 million described species of insects, and millions more still to be discovered, but every species of insect on Earth has been placed in only 31 existing orders. Now there’s one more.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by robmonk
    +24 +5

    Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals

    To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors. To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg. If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why can't crystals also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal?

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +37 +5

    First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human Neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

    Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients. In a first-of-its-kind study published in Cell Reports this week, a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania led by James Eberwine, PhD, a professor of Pharmacology, Sean Grady, MD, chair of Neurosurgery, and Junhyong Kim, PhD, a professor of Biology in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, was able to grow adult human neurons donated from patients...

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by Petrox
    +3 +1

    Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

    Brain scans can detect autism long before any symptoms start to emerge, say scientists. The earliest that children tend to be diagnosed at present is at the age of two, although it is often later. The study, published in the journal Nature, showed the origins of autism are much earlier than that - in the first year of life. The findings could lead to an early test and even therapies that work while the brain is more malleable.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +42 +10

    Explorers find disease-cursed City of the Monkey God and nearly lose their faces to flesh-eating parasite

    Legend has it that the locals fled Honduras’ City of the Monkey God in the 16th century fearing that it had been cursed with disease. Five-hundred years later, a group of explorers excavating the lost city became the latest victims to incur the wrath of the monkey god when they nearly lost their faces to a rare flesh-eating parasite. “The parasite migrates to the mucous membranes of your mouth and your nose and basically eats them away,” Doug Preston, an author who documented the trip, said. “Your nose falls off, your lips fall off, and eventually your face becomes a gigantic, open sore.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +14 +4

    Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

    An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out in the area. Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways were identified in the Mirador Basin, which lies in the far northern Petén region of Guatemala, within the largest tract of virgin tropical forest remaining in Central America.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +46 +12

    Strange Radio Bursts Seen Coming From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Astronomers have at last pinpointed the home galaxy of an extremely powerful radio blast, offering clues to what caused the enigmatic event. Every day, thousands of enigmatic objects in space produce bursts of radio waves that flash for just a few milliseconds yet are capable of generating as much energy as 500 million suns.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by aj0690
    +20 +6

    Elephant protein destroys human cancer cells, Utah researchers say

    Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute say a protein discovered in elephants appears to attack and destroy cancer cells found in humans. Dr. Joshua Schiffman and a team of researchers have spent the last few years searching for a cure for cancer in what might seem like an unusual place: elephant blood.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by robmonk
    +30 +4

    Physicists may have just manipulated 'pure nothingness'

    It's one of those philosophical questions we occasionally ponder: What is nothing? Can nothing be something? If not, then how can something come from nothing? If there's one scientific field on the forefront of such conceptual paradoxes, it's quantum theory. And in quantum theory, nothing actually is something ... sort of.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by jcscher
    +22 +3

    Claim made for Hydrogen 'Wonder Material'

    US scientists draw controversy as they claim to have fulfilled the decades-long quest to turn hydrogen into a state where it behaves like a metal.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +37 +3

    TSRI Scientists Find Brain Hormone that Triggers Fat Burning

    Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a brain hormone that appears to trigger fat burning in the gut. Their findings in animal models could have implications for future pharmaceutical development. “This was basic science that unlocked an interesting mystery,” said TSRI Assistant Professor Supriya Srinivasan, senior author of the new study, published today in the journal Nature Communications.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by larylin
    +6 +2

    Scientists turned cooking oil into a material that's 200 times stronger than steel

    Researchers have found a way to turn cheap, everyday cooking oil into the wonder material graphene - a technique that could greatly reduce the cost of making the much-touted nanomaterial. Graphene is a single sheet of carbon atoms with incredible properties - it's 200 times stronger than steel, harder than diamond, and incredibly flexible. Under certain conditions, it can even be turned into a superconductor that carries electricity with zero resistance.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by Petrox
    +5 +1

    Supernova observed just after explosion

    Supernovae are explosions that happen at the end of a massive star’s life. Even though these stars are already 10,000 times brighter than the Sun during their lifetime and even brighter in death, witnessing the early stages of these explosions is very rare. If by chance one is found a few days later, the supernova ejecta has already destroyed any information about it's immediate environment. But Ofer Yaron and colleagues had the chance to witness a supernova much earlier, providing new insights into just what happens when a supernova is in its infancy. The observations are presented in a new Nature Physics study.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +28 +8

    6 More Mysterious Radio Signals Have Been Detected Coming From Outside Our Galaxy

    Back in March, scientists detected 10 powerful bursts of radio signals coming from the same location in space. And now researchers have just picked up six more of the signals seemingly emanating from the same region, far beyond our Milky Way. These fast radio bursts (FRB) are some of the most elusive and explosive signals ever detected from space - they only last milliseconds, but in that short period of time, they generate as much energy as the Sun in an entire day. But despite how powerful they are, scientists still aren't sure what causes them.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +30 +8

    Massive object frozen under Antarctica

    SCIENTISTS believe a massive object which could change our understanding of history is hidden beneath the Antarctic ice. The Sun reports the huge and mysterious “anomaly” is thought to be lurking beneath the frozen wastes of an area called Wilkes Land. It stretches for a distance of 151 miles across and has a maximum depth of about 848 metres. Some researchers believe it is the remains of a truly massive asteroid which was more than twice the size of the Chicxulub space rock which wiped out the dinosaurs.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +20 +6

    Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent

    Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. The man-made, small-molecule drug compound goes after a gene's ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors. This gene activity, or transcription process, causes the disease to spread but the compound can shut it down. Up until now, few other compounds of this kind have been able to accomplish this.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +22 +7

    The Couple Who Saved China’s Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever

    As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country’s riches. By Tony Perrottet.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +32 +5

    Baboons use vowel sounds strikingly similar to humans

    For decades, scientists thought that most primates could not produce vowels, sounds fundamental to human speech. That’s because nonhumans supposedly lacked the necessary vocal anatomy. But now, researchers report that Guinea baboons, monkeys that inhabit the forests and savanna of West Africa, make five vowellike sounds similar to those used by humans. The findings bolster a recent study showing that Japanese macaques are also anatomically capable of speech.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by darvinhg
    +11 +3

    Cows are secretly being fed defective Skittles because it's cheaper than corn

    American farmers have secretly been feeding their cows defective Skittles to avoid paying for corn. That discovery was made public after a truck deposited hundreds of thousands of Skittles onto a rural road. All of them were in one colour and without the trademark "S" on them and, after they were found, the police were forced to ask highway cleaners to get rid of them. Unknown to many, the practice has been going on for years, according to experts.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +39 +11

    1,000-Year-Old Viking Toolbox Found at Mysterious Danish Fortress

    A Viking toolbox found in Denmark has been opened for the first time in 1,000 years, revealing an extraordinary set of iron hand tools that may have been used to make Viking ships and houses, according to archaeologists.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +26 +8

    New Giant, Air-Breathing Fish Discovered

    Several other species of arapaimas are likely lurking in the Amazon, waiting to be identified. By Brian Clark Howard.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by weekendhobo
    +30 +7

    Ancient Marsupial Relative May Have Eaten Little Dinosaurs

    An ancient mammal the size of a badger may have used its bone-crushing canines and powerful bite to take down little dinosaurs, researchers have found. In fact, the little guy could chomp down with more force, pound for pound, than any other mammal on record. The creature (Didelphodon vorax), an early marsupial relative, lived during the last few million years of the Mesozoic, or dinosaur age, in what is now present-day Montana and North Dakota, the researchers said.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by rawlings
    +20 +7

    Swedish and Greek archaeologists discover unknown city in Greece

    An international research team at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, is exploring the remains of an ancient city in central Greece. The results can change the view of an area that traditionally has been considered a backwater of the ancient world. Archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg have begun exploring a previously unknown ancient city at a village called Vlochós, five hours north of Athens. The archaeological remains are scattered on and around the Strongilovoúni hill on the great Thessalian plains and can be dated to several historical periods.