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  • Current Event
    29 minutes ago
    by Pfennig88
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    Lab-Grown Mini Kidneys 'Go Rogue,' Sprout Brain and Muscle Cells

    Miniature lab-grown kidneys have been hiding something from the scientists who grew them. Instead of developing into different varieties of kidney cells, some of the cells took a different path and became brain and muscle cells. These simple mini kidneys — also known as kidney organoids — are grown from stem cells that are encouraged to develop into clusters of specific kidney cells. But it turns out that the "recipes" that encourage the development of specialized kidney cells were also cranking out cells from other organs, according to a new study.

  • Current Event
    12 hours ago
    by belangermira
    +13 +3

    Astronomers May Have Just Discovered a Super Earth Just Six Light Years Away

    In a new paper published in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers have shared that there may be a super-Earth orbiting Barnard's Star, a very-low-mass red dwarf star that is only six light years away from regular Earth. The astronomers didn't exactly see the planet, but they do have the data to back up what they believe is out there.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by timex
    +8 +3

    Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier

    An illustration of the ice-filled crater discovered in Greenland. Photograph: Nasa/Cryospheric Sciences Lab/Natural History Museum of Denmark A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenland ice sheet. The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by geoleo
    +8 +2

    'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

    A “super-Earth” has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours. Astronomers studied Barnard’s Star, a red dwarf just six light years away — practically in our back garden, galactically speaking — and noticed the presence of a “frozen, dimly lit world” at least 3.2 times heavier than Earth.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by messi
    +12 +2

    Here’s how a parasite may help us overcome our fear of failure

    A mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces may give people the courage they need to become entrepreneurs, researchers reported Tuesday. They found that people who have been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more likely to major in business and to have started their own businesses than non-infected people. The parasite, which makes rodents unafraid of cats, may be reducing the fear of failure in people, Stefanie Johnson of the University of Colorado and colleagues said.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by funhonestdude
    +22 +8

    Physicists Just Made Quantum Data Storage Easier

    Quantum physicists from the University of Alberta, Canada, announced this week that they have developed a new technique for storing quantum information into pulses of light. The physicists created "a new way to store pulses of light—down to the single-photon level—in clouds of ultracold rubidium atoms, and to later retrieve them on demand by shining a ‘control' pulse of light,” Lindsay LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics and Canada Research Chair in Ultracold Gases for Quantum Simulation, said.

  • Video/Audio
    4 days ago
    by Chubros
    +10 +2

    Divers encounter bizarre, 26-foot-long sea worm

    Two divers came across a spectacular site while swimming off the coast of New Zealand. They discovered a giant creature, likely a pyrosome, gently floating in the waters. While these floating colonies have been known to get caught in fishing nets, a specimen this large is an uncommon site.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by dianep
    +16 +3

    Centuries-old alcohol discovered in China

    Chinese archaeologists have uncovered a 2,000-year-old bronze pot that contains an alcoholic liquid believed to be wine. The discovery occurred on November 6 in China's Henan province, west of Shanghai. Shi Jiazhen, who is head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in the province's city of Luoyang, tells China's Xinhua news agency that "there are 3.5 liters of the liquid in the color of transparent yellow. It smells like wine."

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by dianep
    +12 +1

    Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next door

    The Gaia satellite has spotted an enormous 'ghost' galaxy lurking on the outskirts of the Milky Way. An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), has avoided detection until now thanks to its extremely low density as well as a perfectly-chosen hiding place, behind the shroud of the Milky Way's disc. The researchers have published their results online today.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by ilyas
    +13 +2

    One of the oldest stars in the universe found

    One of the oldest stars in the universe is quietly hiding out in the Milky Way some 2,000 light-years from Earth. According to a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal, the tiny, 13.5-billion-year-old red dwarf contains barely any heavy elements at all, suggesting it formed out of a nearly pristine cloud of material leftover from shortly after the Big Bang. Furthermore, because the small star is just one-seventh the mass of the Sun and is made of primordial matter, it’s making astronomers reconsider the demographics of the very first stars.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +26 +4

    New species of ‘missing link’ between dinosaurs and birds identified

    Known as the ‘Icon of Evolution’ and ‘the missing link’ between dinosaurs and birds, Archaeopteryx has become one of the most famous fossil discoveries in Palaeontology. Now, as part of an international team of scientists, researchers at The University of Manchester have identified a new species of Archaeopteryx that is closer to modern birds...

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by iamsanchez
    +38 +8

    Human Retinas Grown In A Dish Reveal Origin Of Color Vision

    Our ability to see colors develops in the womb. Now scientists have replicated that process, which could help accelerate efforts to cure colorblindness and lead to new treatments for diseases.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by rexall
    +18 +4

    Student discovers slowest ever pulsar star

    Chia Min Tan, a Ph.D. Student based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester's School of Physics and Astronomy, was part of an international team including fellow astronomers at Manchester, ASTRON and the University of Amsterdam. The team carried out the observations using the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), whose core is located in the Netherlands. Their findings were published in the Astrophysical Journal.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +26 +5

    Elaborate ancient Roman shrine uncovered by Pompeii excavators

    Excavators working in the Roman-era city of Pompeii, Italy, have uncovered an ancient shrine surrounded by idyllic paintings of plants, snakes and a lifelike peacock. Massimo Osanna, the archaeologist in charge of the work, said that the site was “exceptional,” citing not only “the incredible decoration of the wall painting” but also the fact that it was “very well preserved.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +13 +5

    A Bose-Einstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time

    An international team of researchers has successfully produced a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating a small experimental device that was carried on a rocket into space and the experiments that were conducted during its freefall.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +16 +4

    These butterflies boost their hearing with an unusual strategy

    Think of it as a biological antenna. Researchers have discovered a species of butterfly that enlarges its wing veins to pick up sounds it wouldn’t otherwise hear—a strategy that may be critical to its survival. Many butterflies possess tiny ears, often in the form of membrane-covered cavities at the base of their forewings. But scientists didn’t know the insects could boost their hearing with other parts of their bodies.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by drunkenninja
    +20 +3

    Scientists Create Artificial Wood That Is Water- and Fire-Resistant

    A new lightweight substance is as strong as wood yet lacks its standard vulnerabilities to fire and water. To create the synthetic wood, scientists took a solution of polymer resin and added a pinch of chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. They freeze-dried the solution, yielding a structure filled with tiny pores and channels supported by the chitosan. Then they heated the resin to temperatures as high as 200 degrees Celsius to cure it, forging strong chemical bonds.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +21 +6

    Scientists discovered 85 miles of deep-sea coral reef hidden off the US East Coast — here's what it looks like

    The seafloor is one of the last unexplored regions of our watery planet. On a recent expedition dubbed Deep Search 2018, a group of ocean researchers discovered 85 miles of deep-sea coral reef off the coast of the southeastern US. "Good news is too rare these days, and this is a victory that we can all share. We have found a pristine coral reef in our own backyard," Erik Cordes, the chief scientist on the expedition and a deep-sea ecologist at Temple University, wrote in a mission summary.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +31 +6

    Neanderthals Hand Structures

    According to the study, the hands of the Neanderthals, in contrast to the predicted, were too curvy to hold objects between the thumb and the other fingers. The Neanderthals could hold objects between the thumb and the other fingers, just as we would hold our pencil, because their hands were much more curved than they thought. The finding helps explain the activities that require a large number of skills, such as the Neandertals, tool making, painting cave walls, drawing patterns on the bird’s bones, and twine.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +19 +4

    Eureka! Mother Lode Of Gold Found In Australian Mine

    Miner Henry Dole was in for a shock when he went into the Beta Hunt mine in southwestern Australia after the workers set off some explosives. "Everything was covered in dust, and as I watered the dirt down there was just gold everywhere, as far as you could see," he told Australia's ABC News. "There was chunks of gold in the face, on the ground, truly unique I reckon. ... I nearly fell over looking at it ... we were picking it up for hours."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +24 +4

    A rock used as a doorstop for the past 30 years turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100K

    A 22-pound rock that has been propping open a door in Michigan for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000, according to Central Michigan University. Mona Sirbescu, a CMU geology professor, gets asked all the time by people to examine the rocks they bring her -- but none ever turn out to be an official space rock. "For 18 years, the answer has been categorically 'no' -- meteor wrongs, not meteorites," Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +18 +4

    Oldest bones ever found in Poland dating back 115,000 years belonged to Neanderthal child whose fingers were ‘chewed by a giant bird’

    Archaeologists have discovered the oldest hominid remains ever found in Poland. “The bones discovered by our team at Jaskinia Ciemna [a cave in the southern Małopolska region] are the oldest hominid remains from the area of Poland,” Professor Paweł Valde-Nowak of the Jagiellonian University of Kraków told PAP.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +16 +3

    Copper ions flow like liquid through crystalline structures

    Materials scientists have sussed out the physical phenomenon underlying the promising electrical properties of a class of materials called superionic crystals. A better understanding of such materials could lead to safer and more efficient rechargeable batteries than the current standard-bearer of lithium ion. Becoming a popular topic of study only within the past five years, superionic crystals are a cross between a liquid and a solid.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +15 +2

    Huge alien planets detected around baby star for first time ever

    In a discovery that raises questions about long-held ideas about how planets form, astronomers have detected several enormous planets in orbit around a young star — in this case CI Tau, a 2-million-year-old star about 500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. This is the first time multiple gas giant planets have been observed orbiting a "toddler" star. Our Milky Way galaxy is filled with stars that have been around for billions of years; our sun is about 4.5 billion years old.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +13 +2

    Strange 'singing' heard coming from the Antarctic ice

    Scientists have heard strange "singing" noises coming out of the ice shelf. The low-frequency noises – which sound a little like moaning when sped up – could help researchers track the ice shelves as they collapse. The singing tones come out of the surface of the massive Ross Ice Shelf when the winds blowing across the snow dunes cause it to vibrate. That means they produce the "tones" almost constantly, and now scientists have found they can listen to them.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +8 +2

    Earliest piranha-like fish found

    Scientists have unearthed the fossilised remains of a piranha-like species that they say is the earliest known example of a flesh-eating fish. This bony creature, found in South Germany, lived about 150 million years ago and had the distinctive sharp teeth of modern-day piranhas. These Jurassic marauders used their razor teeth to tear chunks of flesh and fins off other fish.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by messi
    +20 +2

    NASA's Found a Weird, Rectangular Iceberg in the Antarctica

    Look at that iceberg. It's beautiful. Perfectly rectangular. An object of near geometric perfection jutting into a polar sea of the usual squiggly, chaotic randomness of the natural world. It calls to mind the monolith from "2001: A Space Odyssey." But, unlike the monolith from that very weird movie, this iceberg was not deposited on this world by space aliens. Instead, as Kelly Brunt, an ice scientist with NASA and at the University of Maryland, explained, it was likely formed by a process that's fairly common along the edges of icebergs.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +3 +2

    Archaeologists discover oldest olive groves in Croatia dating 3,500 years

    Archaeologists from Zadar have come across a variety of finds dating back to the Middle Bronze Age in the sea between the Isle of Ricul in the Pasman Channel and the coastal resort of Turanj, including numerous 3,500-years-old olive pits, which speak to the oldest olive groves along Croatia’s Adriatic. In northern Dalmatia, little was known about the Middle Bronze Age until archaeologists began underwater explorations several years ago.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +18 +5

    A galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away appears filled with dark matter

    A distant galaxy appears filled with dark matter. The outermost stars in the Cosmic Seagull, a galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away, race too fast to be propelled by the gravity of the galaxy’s gas and stars alone. Instead, they move as if urged on by an invisible force, indicating the hidden presence of dark matter, astrophysicist Verónica Motta of the University of Valparaíso in Chile and her colleagues report August 8 at arXiv.org.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +6

    Evidence in the bones reveals rickets in Roman times

    Rickets is mostly seen as a 19th-century disease, but research has revealed that the Romans also had a big problem with getting enough vitamin D. Researchers from Historic England and McMaster University in Canada examined 2,787 skeletons from 18 cemeteries across the Roman empire and discovered that rickets was a widespread phenomenon 2,000 years ago.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +39 +5

    Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

    In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole's ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hxxp
    +30 +8

    DNA shows cave girl was half Neanderthal

    Once upon a time, two early humans of different ancestry met at a cave in Russia. Some 50,000 years later, scientists have confirmed that they had a daughter together. DNA extracted from bone fragments found in the cave show the girl was the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +15 +6

    Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found

    Scientists have been looking for years for the proteins that convert the mechanical movement of inner ears’ hair cells into an electrical signal that the brain interprets as sound. In a study published today (August 22) in Neuron, researchers have confirmed that transmembrane channel-like protein 1 (TMC1) contributes to the pore of the so-called mechanotransduction channel in the cells’ membrane.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +16 +5

    NASA has discovered a water world in our solar system capable of sustaining life

    NASA’s Cassini mission and Hubble Space Telescope provided information that suggest a form of chemical energy, that life can feed on, appears to exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +5

    It’s the Biggest Oyster Found in New York in 100 Years. And It Has Stories to Tell.

    It has people, and its people call it Big. And doesn’t everyone who is fawned over and photographed like a celebrity have people? Not Mr. Big, as in “Sex and the City,” or Big Daddy or Big Mama, as in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” And not Biggie, like Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Just Big.