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Recent highlights in research news include: Building blocks of Life seen in a distant dwarf star; Giant flying reptiles in ancient Transylvania; How aspirin may thwart rectal cancer; A massive undersea landslide; Fighting MRSA with a sea sponge; and How to win an Oscar.
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The creature has a considerably shorter and stronger neck with larger muscles than the long graceful necks of others in its species.
A collaborative study involving Brookhaven, MIT, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro suggests the gas cloud from which our solar system formed lasted about 4 million years.
Team discovers object in the constellation Boötes with carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen.
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang.
Strokes are usually, but not always, debilitating. This case report documents the extraordinary resilience of a woman in Argentina who endured multiple strokes.
Studies abound that point to a role for plain old aspirin in keeping deadly cancers at bay. While aspirin is not yet part of mainstream treatment for any cancer, it is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for certain adults to help prevent colorectal cancer.
A compound extracted from a deep-water marine sponge collected near the Bahamas is showing potent antibacterial activity against the drug resistant bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) also called the “super bug.”
Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new UCL research that used wireless tracking technology to map social interactions in remote hunter-gatherer populations.
James Cook University scientists have helped discover the remnants of a massive undersea landslide on the Great Barrier Reef.
A research report published in Clinical Epigenetics, suggests that epigenetic mechanism based drugs could become one of the treatment armamentarium of future anti-diabetic agents.
Inspired by the hair of blue tarantulas, researchers from The University of Akron lead a team that made a structural-colored material that shows consistent color from all viewing directions.
Nature requires the right mix of biological ingredients to make a good scavenger.
Shakespeare said our lips were made for kissing and if you ask Texas A&M University Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant about it, he’ll tell you all you need to know and more about this age-old pastime.
A new study probes the origins of carnivory in several distantly related plants — including the Australian, Asian and American pitcher plants, which appear strikingly similar to the human (or insect) eye.
Tax collections fell in a majority of states in the second quarter of 2016, ending seven straight quarters of growth in total state tax revenue. Despite the slump, the 50-state total and receipts in 27 states were higher than before their plunge in the Great Recession, after adjusting for inflation.
If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture.
Sitting may not be as deadly as previously thought, with new research led by the University of Sydney ruling out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.
For women who marry later in life, a few extra pounds may accompany their nuptials, a new study led by the University of Arizona suggests. On the other hand, older women who go through a divorce or separation may lose weight and see some positive changes in their health, according to the research.
Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought.
New study points to heart disease risk factor in menopausal women that could be caught early.
Dogs share food also in complex situations, but more likely with dogs they know.
New research shows that red-footed tortoises can remember the location of their favourite food sources and the biggest stashes for at least 18 months.