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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +28 +2

    Scientists discover vortex around black hole spinning at 70 percent the speed of light

    Astronomers have measured the spin rate of five, distant supermassive black holes for a study published in the Astrophysical Journal.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +20 +1

    Graphene discovery could make room-temperature superconductors possible

    Scientists have discovered a new kind of graphene material, which researchers estimate could be used to build superconductors that work at room temperature. The breakthrough -- detailed this week in the journal Nature -- occurred when scientists formed moiré patterns with graphene sheets.

  • Analysis
    10 months 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
    9 months 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.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by belangermira
    +27 +7

    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
    9 months ago
    by sauce
    +11 +5

    Ice Age Cave Art Found Under Layers of Centuries-Old Graffiti

    For urban graffiti artists, their work is sometimes on display all too briefly before rival artists cover it up. And ice age cave art suffered a similar fate, experts have discovered. Archaeologists suspected that two caves called Grottes d'Agneux and located in eastern France might harbor artwork produced thousands of years ago by human artists. The researchers had strong suspicions that the art was there, but the cave walls were so covered with layers of more-recent graffiti...

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by grandsalami
    +13 +5

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on space station toilet

    Wherever humans go, our bacterial companions will follow. That’s as true in space as it is on Earth, and while we’ve known that microbial astronauts are present on the International Space Station, one group of researchers has just found a new reason to worry about them.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by messi
    +25 +5

    Groundbreaking Coral Reef Recovery Method Accidentally Discovered By A Scientist

    As he was working with corals at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, Dr. David Vaughan accidentally discovered a groundbreaking coral reef recovery method that makes corals grow by 40 times faster than usual.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +33 +5

    Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision

    An international team of scientists have detected ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole about 80 times larger than the Sun – and from another three black-hole mergers. The Australian National University (ANU) is playing a lead role in Australia’s involvement with the gravitational wave discovery through a partnership in the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which is based in the United States.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +24 +5

    A 5,000-year-old mass grave harbors the oldest plague bacteria ever found

    A long-dead Scandinavian woman has yielded bacterial DNA showing that she contracted the earliest known case of the plague in humans. DNA extracted from the woman’s teeth comes from a newly identified ancient strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague, the oldest ever found. The woman’s bones, which date from 5,040 to 4,867 years ago, were found nearly 20 years ago in a mass grave at an ancient farming site in Sweden.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by kong88
    +18 +6

    Exclusive: Controversial skeleton may be a new species of early human

    More than twenty years after it was first discovered, an analysis of a remarkable skeleton discovered in South Africa has finally been published – and the specimen suggests we may need to add a new species to the family tree of early human ancestors. The analysis also found evidence that the species was evolving to become better at striding on two legs, helping us to understand when our lineage first became bipedal. The specimen, nicknamed “Little Foot”, is a type of Australopithecus, the group of hominins to which the famous fossil “Lucy” belonged.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by bkool
    +30 +9

    Researchers discover a genetic cause that links erectile dysfunction and Type-2 diabetes

    For those men who suffer from it, erectile dysfunction can cause exceptional mental angst, can ruin relationships, and can also be a red flag that indicates other serious underlying health conditions such as circulation or blood pressure problems. Our new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics has shown that erectile dysfunction (ED) has a genetic component. We found strong evidence for a link between a particular part of our DNA and the capacity to develop and maintain an erection.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by TNY
    +22 +6

    Scientists Hack A shortcut for Photorespiration in plants, Boosting Crop Growth by 40 percent

    Increasing the yield of crop plants is a major facet of increasing food security, and one way to do this is from understanding plant biology which begins with the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis, popularly termed as the “green engine of the earth”, is the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that is later released to fuel the plant activities such as growth. If we want to keep the planet and its growing population running in a sustainable way, we will need plants to produce far more food, energy and applicable biomass than they do today.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by belangermira
    +23 +4

    Scientists have discovered a new planet twice the size of Earth, and it could have liquid water on its surface

    Astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of Earth, and it's within a zone that could allow liquid water to exist on its surface. The finding comes from data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, which ran out of fuel in October 2018. K2-288Bb, as the new planet is called, is located within its star's habitable zone, which is why liquid water is a possibility.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by everlost
    +15 +4

    Something Twice the Size of Earth Slammed into Uranus and Knocked it Over on its Side

    Astronomers think they know how Uranus got flipped onto its side. According to Astronomers think they know how Uranus got flipped onto its side. According to detailed computer simulations, a body about twice the size of Earth slammed into Uranus between 3 to 4 billion years ago. The impact created an oddity in our Solar System: the only planet that rotates on its side. computer simulations, a body about twice the size of

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by jasont
    +24 +6

    Astronomers find the brightest quasar yet

    It shines with a brightness equivalent to 600 trillion suns. “We don’t expect to find many quasars brighter than that in the whole observable universe,” said the astronomers. Researchers announced this week (January 9, 2019) at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington, that they’ve discovered the brightest quasar yet known, detected from the period when the universe was just beginning to make luminous objects, such as stars and galaxies.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by everlost
    +23 +4

    New Habitable Kepler World – “Human Eyes Found It Hidden in the Data”

    Kepler Mission launched by NASA has discovered another world, two months after the Kepler spacecraft ran out of the fuel. They took nine years to complete their mission and meanwhile they unveiled 2,600 confirmed planets in addition to many more which are not yet confirmed.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by 8mm
    +18 +4

    Life might exist on the new planet discovered around Barnard's star

    Late last year, astronomers announced that they’d found a super-Earth around Barnard’s star – one of the closest suns to our own. The discovery of a planet just six light-years away was enough to excite astronomers and the public alike. However, the researchers who found the planet said that they suspected the icy world couldn’t support life. But now, a group of astronomers are saying such pessimism may be premature. On Earth, geothermal vents produce heat and create unique environments where life thrives in places otherwise difficult to eke out a living – like the frigid, dark deep of the oceans.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +18 +4

    Pancreatic Cancer Immune Checkpoint Target Identified

    While current immune checkpoint inhibitor therapies are largely ineffective against pancreatic cancer, scientists in the U.S. have now identified an immune checkpoint molecule that could represent a promising immunotherapeutic target for this tumor type. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-led team found that V-domain immunoglobulin suppressor of T cell activation (VISTA) is preferentially expressed at high levels in pancreatic cancer, when compared with melanoma tumors.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by Chubros
    +15 +6

    A cosmic flare called the ‘Cow’ may reveal a new way that stars die

    Astronomers may have discovered a new way that stars can die. A mysteriously brief and bright burst whimsically called the “Cow” reveals an entirely new type of stellar death. The details of that stellar doom, however, remain hazy. Scientists are still debating whether the flare-up, spotted on June 16, 2018, was from an unusual type of star that was eaten by a black hole, or from an old, massive star exploding in a weird sort of supernova.