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28 Aug
A “decoy” effect decreases rational decision-making in humans. Irrational decisions in this case are a result of a choice between two options being affected by the introduction of – [Read More]
28 Aug
The uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics dictates that even when a system is cooled to its ground state, there are still fluctuations. This zero-point motion is unavoidable but – [Read More]
28 Aug
Inducing magnetism in a topological insulator can lead to exotic effects. The usual experimental route is to introduce magnetic dopants into the material, but that approach is intricate – [Read More]
28 Aug
Attaining the full promise of synthetic biology will require designing population-level behaviors of multiple interacting cell types. As a start, Chen et al. engineered two strains – [Read More]
28 Aug
Amorphous nanoparticles often dissolve more rapidly than their crystalline counterparts, which can be useful in applications such as drug delivery. Amstad et al. made amorphous – [Read More]
28 Aug
The aboveground lives of plants are only sustainable because of the symbiotic soil fungi that encase their roots. These fungi swap nutrients with plants, defend them from attack, and – [Read More]
28 Aug
Our guts harbor trillions of microbial inhabitants, some of which regulate the types of immune cells that are present in the gut. For instance, Clostridium species of bacteria – [Read More]
28 Aug
Computer simulations suggest that it is possible to entirely eliminate the Antarctic Ice Sheet, Earth's largest reservoir of fresh water. Winkelmann et al. explored the fate – [Read More]
28 Aug
Pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors, such as small-cell lung cancer, are among the most difficult cancers to treat. The healing effects of standard chemotherapy regimens are only transient, – [Read More]
28 Aug
Colloidal particles, which consist of clusters of hundreds or thousands of atoms, can still resemble atomic systems. In particular, colloids have been used to study the packing of spheres – [Read More]
28 Aug
One of the central goals in any scientific endeavor is to understand causality. Experiments that seek to demonstrate a cause/effect relation most often manipulate the postulated causal – [Read More]
28 Aug
Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) uses light intensities that are orders of magnitude lower than other super-resolution methods. SIM is also far faster over cellular-sized fields – [Read More]
28 Aug
In theory, shining the right wavelength of light onto carbon-carbon double bonds should pair them up into four-membered cyclobutane rings. In practice, however, this route can prove – [Read More]
28 Aug
Nestling birds are particularly vulnerable to predation, providing pressure for individuals to grow and leave the nest as quickly as possible. In contrast to temperate songbirds, tropical – [Read More]
28 Aug
Some members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family promote the production of proinflammatory cytokines. As such, these kinases have been targeted for the treatment of – [Read More]
28 Aug
Early Homo species were long thought to have evolved from one into the next, culminating in Homo sapiens. In a Perspective, Schwartz and Tattersall highlight recent – [Read More]
28 Aug
Sensory neurons entering the spinal cord take different paths as inputs for pain and proprioception diverge. Working with chick and mouse embryos, Guy et al. found that glycerophospholipids – [Read More]
28 Aug
Certain forms of heart failure originate from genetic mutations. Understanding how the culprit mutant proteins alter normal heart function could lead to more effective treatments. One – [Read More]
28 Aug
The exchange of genetic information between DNA strands is vital for accurate DNA repair and effective meiotic cell division. Using single-molecule methods and molecular dynamics simulations, – [Read More]
28 Aug
The electrical resistivity of most metals at low temperatures has a characteristic quadratic dependence on temperature. This law is typically ascribed to the scattering of electrons – [Read More]
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