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Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Poison

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Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.

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Speedy Computation Enables Scientists to Reconstruct an Animal’s Development Cell by Cell

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Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus have developed a new computational method that can rapidly track the three-dimensional movements of cells in such data-rich images. Using the method, the Janelia scientists can essentially automate much of the time-consuming process of reconstructing an animal's developmental building plan cell by cell.

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The Bend in the Appalachian Mountain Chain Is Finally Explained

The 1500 mile Appalachian mountain chain runs along a nearly straight line from Alabama to Newfoundland—except for a curious bend in Pennsylvania and New York State. Researchers from the College of New Jersey and the University of Rochester now know what caused that bend—a dense, underground block of rigid, volcanic rock forced the chain to shift eastward as it was forming millions of years ago.

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Is the Universe a Bubble? Let's Check

Perimeter Associate Faculty member Matthew Johnson and his colleagues are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis, which to some sounds like a fanciful tale, firmly into the realm of testable science.

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New View of Mount Rainier's Volcanic Plumbing

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By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier’s deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday.

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Scientists Find Way to Trap, Kill Malaria Parasite

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Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 16 in Nature.

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Supercomputers Reveal Strange, Stress-Induced Transformations in World's Thinnest Materials

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Columbia researchers used Brookhaven Lab supercomputer simulations to discover unexpected transitions in graphene and other promising super materials under strain.

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New Feathered Dinosaur From China Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight

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Research findings from an international team of scientists uncovers details on how a new species of a feathered raptorial dinosaur found in China provides evidence on how large-bodied dinosaurs took to the air.

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Physicists Detect Process Even Rarer Than the Long-Sought Higgs Particle

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Scientists running the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful "atom smasher," report the first evidence of a process that can be used to test the mechanism by which the recently discovered Higgs particle imparts mass to other fundamental particles.

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Months Before Their First Words, Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics

University of Washington research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech. The study suggests that baby brains start laying down the groundwork of how to form words long before they actually begin to speak.

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