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Evolutionary Science

Birds getting smaller, ‘wingier’ as planet warms

November 2, 2022
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Study reveals that migratory birds across North America are getting smaller, a change the researchers attribute to the rapidly warming climate.

Neuroscience

New study shows how our brains tell us when a sound is off

November 2, 2022
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Research provides a deeper understanding of how we learn complex audio-motor tasks like speaking or playing music.

Veterinary Science

Wild primate virus has pandemic potential should it jump the species barrier

November 2, 2022
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Researchers have demonstrated the virus’s ability to infect human cells and deftly evade the human immune system’s typical responses.

Environmental Science

‘Forever Chemicals’ persist through wastewater treatment, may enter crops

November 2, 2022
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PFAS (per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances) are known to negatively affect ecological and human health

Environmental Science

Hazardous herbicide chemical goes airborne

November 2, 2022
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Study has shed new light for the first time that amines themselves volatilize, often more than dicamba itself.

Engineering Science

A drone wing could learn how to sense danger faster

November 2, 2022
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The oddly satisfying small domes that you press on your soda’s to-go cup lid may one day save a winged drone from a nosedive.

Biology

Research into ancient lineage of microscopic fungi upends assumptions about its genetic relationships

November 2, 2022
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New study has begun to clarify the complicated details of this lineage, which diverged from the common ancestor that it shares with animals about 750 million to 1 billion years ago.

Chemical Engineering

Nano-sized islands open possibilities for application of single-atom catalysts

November 2, 2022
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Anew method to anchor single atoms of platinum-group metals on nanometer-sized islands allows for efficient use of these expensive metals as catalysts for a wide variety of applications.

Psychology

A new nap-time theory

November 2, 2022
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Research suggests children’s need for daytime sleep depends on brain’s ability to file away memories, learning.

Environmental Science

The environmental footprint of food

November 2, 2022
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Researchers map the environmental pressures of global production for all foods on land and ocean

Mathematical Science

New study shows how to learn the equations of cell migration

November 2, 2022
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Scientists have developed an equation learning technique that might one day help scientists grasp how the body rebuilds skin and could potentially inspire new therapies to accelerate wound healing.

Awards

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2022

October 26, 2022
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Prize in Economic Sciences 2022 has been awarded to Ben S. Bernanke, Douglas W. Diamond- and Philip H. Dybvig  “for research on banks and financial crises”

Ecological Science

Grazing animals key to long-term soil carbon stability

October 26, 2022
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Study finds, large mammalian herbivores like the yak and ibex play a crucial role in stabilising the pool of soil carbon in grazing ecosystems.

Medical Science

New cervical screening test could predict cell changes years before they occur

October 26, 2022
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A new swab test that identifies potentially dangerous cervical cell changes up to four years before they happen.

Bioengineering

Lab-grown cell machinery prompts real cells to sense and react to outside cues

October 26, 2022
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Researchers have programmed bacterial cells to react to changes in light and temperature with the help of synthetic cell machinery.

Astrophysics

Most precise accounting yet of dark energy and dark matter

October 26, 2022
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Analyzing more than two decades’ worth of supernova explosions, astrophysicists better understand composition, evolution of universe

Biotechnology

How a small protein plays a large role in mitochondrial function

October 26, 2022
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Researchers have discovered an unexpected role for a protein in human cells, solving a longstanding mystery about how the composition of mitochondrial membranes is regulated.

Astronomy

Student uses NASA data to reveal new details on planets in other solar systems

October 26, 2022
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A University of Chicago undergraduate, however, was able to tease some clues out of data that most scientists had overlooked.

Medical Science

What causes severe COVID symptoms?

October 26, 2022
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Study examines how autoantibodies could cause complications in some patients.