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‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

‘Redwoods of the sea’ reveal fundamental growth patterns for photosynthesis

Whatever you do, don’t call kelp a “plant.” The seaweed, which forms underwater forests off the Pacific coast from Baja California in Mexico to Alaska, is an alga that diverged from plants 1.7 billion years ago. That makes the two groups (which even have their own ways of doing photosynthesis) more distant relatives than humans […]

Mouse egg cells made entirely in the lab give rise to healthy offspring

Mouse egg cells made entirely in the lab give rise to healthy offspring

In work that raises the prospect of new infertility treatments and designer babies, researchers have used stem cells to grow fertile mouse egg cells for the first time entirely in a lab dish. The eggs gave rise to pups after being fertilized and implanted into rodent foster mothers. The method—which sometimes produced defective eggs and […]

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University of Helsinki have discovered that learning foreign languages enhances the our brain’s elasticity and its ability to code information. The more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. […]

NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the […]

Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time

Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time

The depressing task of monitoring ocean acidification just got a little easier. A collection of scientists from Europe, the U.S. and India have developed a technique that could provide the first global and nearly real-time assessment of our rapidly acidifying seas. Their findings were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology on Monday, showing how data […]

No sweet surrender: Glucose actually enhances self-control, study shows

No sweet surrender: Glucose actually enhances self-control, study shows

In the age of the ‘sugar tax’, good news about glucose is hard to come by. But an Australian scientist has just proposed a new understanding of the established link between the sweet stuff and improved self-control. As Neil Levy, from Macquarie University, explains in the journal Philosophical Psychology, the current ‘ego depletion’ model of […]

Zika virus directly infects brain cells and evades immune system detection, study shows

Zika virus directly infects brain cells and evades immune system detection, study shows

The mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to microcephaly and other neurological problems in newborns of affected mothers directly infects the brain progenitor cells destined to become neurons, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report in a study published online in Cell Reports. The team of researchers used a strain of Zika currently impacting the Americas, and found […]

Your dog doesn’t trust you when you’re angry, study finds

Your dog doesn’t trust you when you’re angry, study finds

Though dogs have been hanging out with us humans for at least 16,000 years, we know surprisingly little about them, especially when it comes to their emotions. Just last month, researchers found that hugging your dog can sometimes stress the crap out of them, and now a new study suggests that your dog might actually […]

Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term

Omega-3 lowers childhood aggression in short term

Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers who published their findings in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Adrian Raine, the Richard Perry University Professor of […]

A better hologram for fraud protection and wearable optics

A better hologram for fraud protection and wearable optics

Holograms are a ubiquitous part of our lives. They are in our wallets — protecting credit cards, cash and driver’s licenses from fraud — in grocery store scanners and biomedical devices. Even though holographic technology has been around for decades, researchers still struggle to make compact holograms more efficient, complex and secure. Researchers at the […]