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17 Oct
Will global warming cause more tornadoes? If so, that has not happened yet. Brooks et al. compiled data on the occurrence of tornadoes in the United States between 1954 and – [Read More]
17 Oct
The icy body Mimas is the smallest of Saturn's main moons, only slightly wider than Switzerland. Like our own Moon, Mimas is tidally locked in its orbit and shows nearly the same face – [Read More]
17 Oct
Quick action can save lives from drug overdoses. But what if the right antidote for the toxic drug or poison is not at hand? A new twist on peritoneal dialysis—an older method for r – [Read More]
17 Oct
Without lymphatic vessels and valves to ensure unidirectional flow, fluid and immune cells that have gone into tissues from the blood—lymph—would build up and cause swelling. Liu [Read More]
17 Oct
Fear and avoidance of predators are known to influence how and where herbivore prey species, such as impala, forage. This in turn has cascading effects on plant morphologies and communities. – [Read More]
17 Oct
When electrons are confined to a plane, lowered in temperature, and subjected to a magnetic field, they can interact and organize themselves into so-called many-body states and exhibit – [Read More]
17 Oct
What happens in the brain when we are learning to compete against an opponent? Seo et al. observed monkeys competing against a computer that can adapt to the monkey's behavior. – [Read More]
17 Oct
Potassium channels play a key role in regulating a cell's membrane potential, which in turn affects diverse processes. The channels contain four potassium binding sites that are thought – [Read More]
17 Oct
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can result when the immune system attacks its own body. If we could identify the specific proteins targeted by autoimmune T cells, we – [Read More]
17 Oct
Using artificial selection, humans have tapped into evolutionary processes for thousands of years. The results of this process we see all around us, from the dogs we share our homes – [Read More]
17 Oct
We may be leveraging change in our brains more than we have thought. Ohayon et al. knocked out cells responsible for laying down insulating myelin along neuronal axons in the – [Read More]
17 Oct
Humans have a deep and innate sense of fairness. Humans, however, are not the only species to react to apparent inequities. Brosnan and de Waal propose that inequity aversion can be – [Read More]
17 Oct
Astronomers observe tight bright jets beaming from the poles of many celestial objects. But what focuses them so well? Albertazzi et al. recreated a scaled-down plasma jet – [Read More]
17 Oct
When energy is pumped into an optically active material, the buildup (or gain) of excitations within the material can reach a critical point where the emission of coherent light, or – [Read More]
17 Oct
Over the past decade, laser technology has pushed back the fastest directly observable time scale from femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second) to attoseconds (quintillionths of a – [Read More]
17 Oct
Although a plant's root system reaches through the soil in search of nutrients, its search is not indiscriminate. If some section of the root is unable to deliver the amount of nitrogen – [Read More]
17 Oct
Human bestrophin 1 (hBest1) is a membrane protein that forms a chloride channel in the retinal pigment epithelium. Mutations in hBest1 can lead to a retinal degeneration disease known – [Read More]
17 Oct
The transcription factor HSF-1 has an unexpected second function that allows it to extend longevity in worms. Baird et al. expressed a modified form of HSF-1 in nematodes. – [Read More]
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