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31 Oct
Volcanic super-eruptions eject thousands of times the volume of the largest documented eruptions over human history. Several “supervolcanoes” capable of this type of unimaginable dev – [Read More]
31 Oct
Oxygen levels in Earth's early atmosphere had an important influence on the evolution of complex life. Planavsky et al. analyzed the isotopic signature of chromium in sedimentary – [Read More]
31 Oct
Atomic nuclei consist of fermions—protons and neutrons—bound together by interactions. Because two identical fermions cannot occupy the same quantum state, both protons and neutrons hav – [Read More]
31 Oct
Astronomers know that interstellar water is abundantly available to young planetary systems—our blue planet collected (or accreted) plenty of it. Still, the details of water's movement i – [Read More]
31 Oct
Globally, populations of amphibians have been severely affected by a disease caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Recently, some European salamander populations – [Read More]
31 Oct
Huntington's disease (HD) is associated with a mutant form of the protein huntingtin (Htt). HD-associated symptoms are alleviated by inhibition of the kinase mTOR, which activates protein – [Read More]
31 Oct
Although most plants have both male and female organs within a single flower, some produce separate male and female plants. In some cases, such as persimmons, males are determined by – [Read More]
31 Oct
Charities could raise more money from more people if they were to announce that a startup grant had been used to defray overhead expenses. Gneezy et al. told 40,000 potential – [Read More]
31 Oct
Tiny particles can be coated with antibodies or peptides to target a molecule specific to cancer, improving diagnostic accuracy and patient stratification. Yet these decorated nanoparticles – [Read More]
31 Oct
Several techniques now allow surface structures used as catalysts to be probed during exposure to reactive gases, as opposed to under vacuum conditions. Divins et al. used – [Read More]
31 Oct
Nearly 80 years ago, the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana proposed the existence of an unusual type of particle that is its own antiparticle, the so-called Majorana fermion. The search – [Read More]
31 Oct
Ecosystems serve many functions, such as helping to guard against flooding or ensuring pollination by wild bees. Can efforts to conserve biodiversity rely on the economic benefits from – [Read More]
31 Oct
The inside of the cell contains a large variety of different membrane transport vesicles, each of which needs to find and fuse with its correct target destination. The detailed mechanism – [Read More]
31 Oct
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression by targeting a repressor complex to specific messenger RNAs (mRNAs). Schirle et al. determined structures – [Read More]
31 Oct
Developing axons are known to compete for limiting, target-derived neurotrophins for survival and growth in the peripheral nervous system. Joo et al. suggest that an additional, – [Read More]
31 Oct
The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins are a family of epigenetic regulators that affect transcription through interactions with acetylated chromatin. These proteins – [Read More]
31 Oct
Tension transmitted between neighboring cells can exert profound effects on cell proliferation, differentiation, and tissue organization. Exactly how intercellular mechanical tension – [Read More]
31 Oct
Several evolutionarily conserved components of antistaphylococcal immunity have been identified, using Drosophila as a model organism. However, no vertebrate ortholog has been – [Read More]
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