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Scientists Find Evidence of Deep-Sea Fish Migration Route

Scientists Find Evidence of Deep-Sea Fish Migration Route

Marine biologists have found evidence of a previously unobserved deep-sea migration route more than 4,500 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new paper.

The deep ocean is a vast and mysterious biome; 80 percent of it remains unmapped to this day. Scientists hope to better understand the ecology in this region, especially as oil and gas operations are drilling in...

Mar 28, 2020 at 02:44. 9 comments

A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

Like other forms of discarded plastic, polyurethane waste threatens the environment and human health. In an encouraging new development, European scientists have stumbled upon a hardy strain of bacteria that appears to thrive off the stuff.

New research published in Frontiers in Microbiology describes a newly identified strain of soil bacterium that’s capable of breaking down the chemical...

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Mar 27, 2020 at 22:10. 13 comments

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Archaeologists in Leeds, England discovered more than 600 beer bottles at the site of an old Victorian brewery. Stacked neatly beneath a cellar staircase, the beer inside these 19th-century bottles contains dangerous concentrations of lead.

The bottles were found beneath the remains of what used to be the Scarborough Castle Inn, in the cellar of the old Tetley Brewery, reports The Drinks...

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Mar 27, 2020 at 04:20.

Neanderthals Enjoyed Seafood, Too, New Evidence Suggests

Neanderthals Enjoyed Seafood, Too, New Evidence Suggests

Neanderthals living in Portugal during the last ice age consumed copious amounts of seafood, according to new archaeological evidence. The discovery suggests Neanderthals, like our modern human ancestors, made the most of marine resources.

Marine food resources such as fish, eel, mollusk, and crab were staples of the Iberian Neanderthal diet for tens of thousands of years, according to

Mar 27, 2020 at 03:20.

The Fate of a Dark Matter Theory Hinges on These Unidentified X-Rays

The Fate of a Dark Matter Theory Hinges on These Unidentified X-Rays

Despite decades of searching, no one has yet cracked the mystery of dark matter. One hypothesis to explain it relies on strange x-rays emanating from distant galaxies and galaxy clusters, but a new paper appears to rule out dark matter as producing these mysterious x-rays.

The way distant objects in the universe interact implies that there’s a lot more mass than scientists can actually...

Mar 27, 2020 at 01:25.

Scientists Save Quantum States in a Diamond, a Tiny Step Toward a Quantum Internet

Scientists Save Quantum States in a Diamond, a Tiny Step Toward a Quantum Internet

A newly created system can enhance quantum communications over longer distances—a small but crucial step toward a quantum internet.

We’re in the early stages of a quantum boom, as researchers are attempting to augment our computing and communications capabilities with systems employing the weird mathematics that govern subatomic particles. One of the core goals of this era are networks that...

Mar 26, 2020 at 23:40.

Hotter Days May Leave You More Stressed, Depressed

Hotter Days May Leave You More Stressed, Depressed

The world is warming. That’s no secret . Extreme heat isn’t only dangerous for our physical health , though. New research shows hotter days may hurt our mental health as well.

A study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One adds to a growing body of  literature showing the way the climate crisis could harm individual mental health and cognitive functioning. This study, in particular,...

Mar 26, 2020 at 23:00.

Ferocious Raptor Discovered in New Mexico Was a Speedy Hunter

Ferocious Raptor Discovered in New Mexico Was a Speedy Hunter

As the Jurassic Park films made abundantly clear, raptors were not to be trifled with, owing to their medium build, speed, and agility. A newly discovered raptor from New Mexico is further reinforcing our perceptions of these extinct predators.

Give a warm welcome to Dineobellator notohesperus, an entirely new species of dromaeosaurid, a group of dinosaurs commonly referred to as raptors....

Mar 26, 2020 at 22:40. 4 comments

Snake Venom Didn't Evolve for Self-Defense, New Study Finds

Snake Venom Didn't Evolve for Self-Defense, New Study Finds

Snakes use their venom for both offensive and defensive purposes, but new research suggests this ability initially appeared as a strategy for attacking prey, not for self-defense.

An unresolved question about the evolutionary origin of snake venom is whether these limbless reptiles initially acquired their toxic powers for offensive or defensive purposes. That their venom arose for defensive...

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Mar 26, 2020 at 09:50. 12 comments

Pharma Giant Gilead Retracts Request FDA Extend Monopoly Status on Experimental Covid-19 Drug

Pharma Giant Gilead Retracts Request FDA Extend Monopoly Status on Experimental Covid-19 Drug

Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences on Wednesday retracted its effort to score extended monopoly rights and tax breaks on its antiviral drug remdesivir, which scientists are evaluating as a possible treatment in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Per the Intercept, on Monday the Food and Drug Administration awarded Gilead “orphan” drug status for remdesivir, which would give it a marketing...

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Mar 26, 2020 at 05:40. 18 comments

Small Trial Finds No Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Works Against Covid-19

Small Trial Finds No Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Works Against Covid-19

A small trial from China may already throw into question whether a treatment touted as a way to save people with severe covid-19 can really work. It found no evidence that the existing drug hydroxychloroquine alone was more effective for patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus than standard care. However, the results aren’t any more definitive than the earlier research that suggested...

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Mar 26, 2020 at 05:25. 24 comments

The Truth of Coronavirus Might Be Worse Than the Conspiracy Theories

The Truth of Coronavirus Might Be Worse Than the Conspiracy Theories

The covid-19 pandemic is a disorienting, fast-moving, dangerous crisis that has basically everyone in the world in its grips. As is so often the case in times of disaster, people, including political leaders, are promoting conspiracy theories about the origin, spread, and seriousness of the new coronavirus.

It’s a bioweapon?

This is perhaps the most prominent conspiracy theory to date, and...

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Mar 26, 2020 at 01:20. 5 comments

Ancient Mercury Had the Right Stuff For Life, Surprising New Research Suggests

Ancient Mercury Had the Right Stuff For Life, Surprising New Research Suggests

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, is one of the last places we think about when considering the potential for life in the solar system. New research suggests the planet’s interior once contained the basic ingredients for life, a finding that could change the way we view this toasty, tortured planet.

Despite having no atmosphere and a surface that reaches 430 degrees Celsius (806 degrees...

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Mar 25, 2020 at 23:59. 10 comments

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

3D Printing Foods With Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

The killer app for 3D printers might have nothing to do with quickly churning out complex parts to speed up manufacturing. 3D-printed food is promising to revolutionize the culinary experience, and by making tweaks to a meal’s printed structure, researchers have found ways to make diners feel more full while they eat less.

The research, conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...

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Mar 25, 2020 at 23:08.

Scientists Make Breakthrough Toward Mapping All Cells in the Human Body

Scientists Make Breakthrough Toward Mapping All Cells in the Human Body

Researchers around the world are working to construct an atlas of all the different cells in the human body. A team in China has just released the results of a huge step toward that goal.

The Human Cell Atlas is an international initiative to map all of the body’s 30-trillion-plus cells, their types, and how they relate to one another. Researchers hope that this atlas will prove to be a useful...

Mar 25, 2020 at 04:10. 6 comments

Life Is Thriving 2,600 Feet Beneath the Seafloor

Life Is Thriving 2,600 Feet Beneath the Seafloor

You won’t see many living things above the ocean surface hundreds of miles southeast of Madagascar—an albatross or the occasional fishing vessel may break up the hours of solitude. But beneath the surface, lava from Earth’s mantle has uplifted a long, underwater mountain range with a flat top extending 5 kilometers above the seafloor. Its name, the Atlantis Bank, is oddly appropriate; here,...

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Mar 25, 2020 at 02:45. 3 comments

Glowing Deep-Sea Squid Have a Complex Form of Communication, New Evidence Suggests

Glowing Deep-Sea Squid Have a Complex Form of Communication, New Evidence Suggests

New research could finally explain how highly social deep-sea squid, with their glowing bodies and bioluminescent flashes, are able to coordinate their actions despite living in near-total blackness.

Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) are top predators of the low-light pelagic zone, hunting fish and other marine animals at depths of over 450 meters (1,500 feet). Also known as jumbo squid (not to...

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Mar 25, 2020 at 01:55. 22 comments

How Could Covid-19 Cause Someone to Lose Their Sense of Smell?

How Could Covid-19 Cause Someone to Lose Their Sense of Smell?

In early March, 27-year-old California resident Isabelle Rosa began to experience symptoms that she would have brushed off as a typical flu just a few months ago.

But as her fever and dry cough lingered, and as the growing threat of the novel coronavirus to the U.S. became impossible to ignore, Rosa suspected that she may indeed have covid-19. Alas, as many people in the U.S. have...

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Mar 24, 2020 at 04:50. 5 comments

NASA's New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles

NASA's New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles

To prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s pending touchdown onto the surface of Bennu, NASA used the spacecraft to photograph every nook and cranny of the weirdly shaped asteroid. The purpose of this exercise was to catalog potentially hazardous geological features, but a side benefit is that we have a gorgeous new view of the asteroid’s tortured surface.

Over 2,150 images were stitched together to create...

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Mar 24, 2020 at 04:40. 5 comments

How Supercomputers Are Helping to Fight Covid-19

How Supercomputers Are Helping to Fight Covid-19

A host of companies, including IBM, Microsoft, and Google, along with universities and national labs have teamed up to form the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium. This new partnership is designed to provide scientists with supercomputing resources as they figure out how to combat the coronavirus-caused disease known as covid-19.

Faced with a rapidly spreading illness,...

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