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19-Oct-2017


Dogs Are More Expressive When Someone Is Looking

Dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth.

– University of Portsmouth

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 19-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET


'Sex That Moves Mountains': Spawning Salmon Play Significant Role in Shaping Landscapes

When salmon spawn, the earth moves -- not immediately, but over the course of hundreds of thousands or millions of years. That's the conclusion of a study, co-authored by an Indiana University geologist, which finds that salmon can play a significant...

– Indiana University

Geomorphology, 29-Sept-2017


Being Behind the Curve Can ‘Sting,’ Especially for Medical Conditions

A medical condition that puzzled physicians, scientists and veterinarians, and remained obscure for decades, was long known by indigenous peoples in Colombia.

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Medical Entemology


Two-Dimensional Materials Gets a New Theory for Control of Properties

A theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials could result in desirable properties, such as increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Nano Letters Oct-2017

18-Oct-2017


New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

Sprawling mines caused roughly 10% of Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015 - much higher than previous estimates. Roughly 90% of this deforestation occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil’s government.

– University of Vermont

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 18-Oct-2017 at 05:00 ET


Living Mulch Builds Profits, Soil

Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a whil...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Agronomy Journal, August 10, 2017

Embargo expired on 18-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET


For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

New University of Washington research finds that for a budget of roughly $1000, it is possible for someone to track your location and app use by purchasing and targeting mobile ads. The team hopes to raise industry awareness about the potential priva...

– University of Washington

Association for Computing Machinery’s Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society; Association for Computing Machinery’s Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society; Original Paper...


Death by a Thousand Cuts? Not for Small Populations

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Christoph Adami, Michigan State University professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and graduate student Thomas LaBar have provided a look at how certain species survive by evolving a greater ab...

– Michigan State University

Nature Communications 8, Article number: 1012 (2017), Oct-2017


New Findings Help Explain How Usher Syndrome Affects Vision and Hearing

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center utilized their Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) grants to make progress in characterizing the genetic and physiologic components of Usher syndrome—the most common cause of deaf-blindness.

– Research to Prevent Blindness

Nature Scientific Reports, Sept-2017


Reducing Power Plants’ Freshwater Consumption with Sandia’s New Silica Filter

Power plants draw more freshwater than any other consumer in the United States, accounting for more than 50 percent of the nation’s freshwater use at about 500 billion gallons daily. To help save this water, researchers at Sandia National Labora...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Journal of Waste Process Engineering, June 2017


Researchers Customize Catalysts to Boost Product Yields, Decrease Chemical Separation Costs

For some crystalline catalysts, what you see on the surface is not always what you get in the bulk, according to two studies led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


How a ‘Star Wars’ Parody Turned Into a Tool for Scientific Discovery (Video)

Science has long inspired the arts, but examples of the reverse scenario are sparse. Now scientists who set out to produce a “Star Wars” parody have inadvertently created such an example. Incorporating animation techniques from the film industry,...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Nano

includes video


Battling Flames Increases Firefighters’ Exposure to Carcinogens

The threat of getting burned by roaring flames is an obvious danger of firefighting, but other health risks are more subtle. For example, firefighters have been found to develop cancer at higher rates than the general population. Now researchers have...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology


A Fashionable Chemical and Biological Threat Detector-on-a-Ring

Wearable sensors are revolutionizing the tech-world, capable of tracking processes in the body, such as heart rates. They’re even becoming fashionable, with many of them sporting sleek, stylish designs. But wearable sensors also can have applicatio...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Sensors


UCI Scientists See Order in Complex Patterns of River Deltas

River deltas, with their intricate networks of waterways, coastal barrier islands, wetlands and estuaries, often appear to have been formed by random processes, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions see order i...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct-2017


SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

This week’s landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by analyses and signal verification performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at the San Diego Supe...

– University of California San Diego

ACI 1341698


New Study Reveals Breast Cancer Cells Recycle Their Own Ammonia Waste as Fuel

Breast cancer cells recycle ammonia, a waste byproduct of cell metabolism, and use it as a source of nitrogen to fuel tumor growth. The insights shed light on the biological role of ammonia in cancer and may inform the design of new therapeutic strat...

– Harvard Medical School

Science; R01CA213062


CSRI Student Searches for New Trends in Research Data

Ben Garcia is working with Professor Marty Condon on a long-running research project that focuses on the evolutionary biology of some unique flies, the flowers they live on, and their predators, to better understand the diverse species from Central a...

– Cornell College

includes video


Using Supercomputers to Delve Ever Deeper into the Building Blocks of Matter

Physicists and computational scientists at Brookhaven Lab will help to develop the next generation of computational tools to push the field of nuclear physics forward.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory


Kansas State University Featured in Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense National Report

Kansas State University is featured in several sections of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense's special bipartisan report released on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

– Kansas State University

Defense of Animal Agriculture: A Bipartisan Report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

17-Oct-2017


Origami Lattice Paves the Way for New Noise-Dampening Barriers on the Road

Researchers at the University of Michigan have brought a new method into the sound-dampening fold, demonstrating an origami lattice prototype that can potentially reduce acoustic noise on roadways. The technique allows researchers to selectively damp...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET


Active Sieving Could Improve Dialysis and Water Purification Filters

Physicists in France have proven theoretically that active sieving, as opposed to its passive counterpart, can improve the separation abilities of filtration systems. These new views on how active sieving could improve systems such as those used in w...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET


The Drop That's Good to the Very End

Two researchers in the U.K., using laser-flash photography of microscopic droplet-particle collisions, have discovered that water droplets still have liquid tricks to reveal. Previous research has primarily examined droplet collisions with flat surfa...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Physics of Fluids

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET


Force Field Analysis Provides Clues to Protein-Ion Interaction

The importance of proteins and metal ion interactions is well understood, but the mechanistic interactions between the two are still far from a complete picture. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, are working to quantitatively describe...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET


Worms Learn to Smell Danger

University of Iowa researchers report that a roundworm can learn to put on alert a defense system important for protecting cells from damage. The finding could lead to a new approach for treating neurodegenerative diseases in humans caused by damaged...

– University of Iowa

Science Signaling

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2017 at 14:00 ET


Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

UW and UCLA engineers have developed a flexible sensor “skin” that can be stretched over any part of a robot’s body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration, which are critical to tasks ranging from cookin...

– University of Washington

Sensors and Actuators A: Physical; NSF: CBET – 1264046 ; NSF: CBET – 1461630


Microbes Leave "Fingerprints" on Martian Rocks

Scientists around Tetyana Milojevic from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna are in search of unique biosignatures, which are left on synthetic extraterrestrial minerals by microbial activity. The biochemist and astrobiologist invest...

– University of Vienna

Frontiers in Microbiology


Scientists Create Most Powerful Micro-Scale Bio-Solar Cell Yet

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Lab on a Chip, Oct-2017

includes video


Keratin, Pigment, Proteins from 54 Million-Year-Old Sea Turtle Show Survival Trait Evolution

Researchers have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work provides direct evidence that a pigment-based survival trait common to modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 mill...

– North Carolina State University

Scientific Reports


Johns Hopkins Finds Training Exercise That Boosts Brain Power

One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity.

– Johns Hopkins University

Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, Oct-2017; MH082957; NS073626

includes video


Los Alamos Researchers and Supercomputers Help Interpret the Latest LIGO Findings

Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25, 2017, when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nature


Navigational View of the Brain Thanks to Powerful X-Rays

Imagine Google Earth with only the street view and a far-away satellite view but not much of a map view. Brain imaging, for the most part, has been missing just that, and a lot of research on how the brain computes happens on that level. New imaging ...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

eNeuro; DE-AC02-06CG11357; U01MH109100; N66001-15-C-4041; N66001-14-1-4028


Innovative Design Using Loops of Liquid Metal Can Improve Future Fusion Power Plants, Scientists Say

Article describes proposed design for production of steady-state plasma in future fusion power plants.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Nuclear Fusion


Pair of Discoveries Illuminate New Paths to Flu and Anthrax Treatments

Two recent studies have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The studies employed a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body’s defens...

– University of California San Diego

PLOS Pathogens, Aug-Sep-2017


New Study Redefines How Radiation Kills Cells, Could Help Target Cancer Treatment

Scientists have discovered for the first time how to accurately predict cellular radiation resistance without actually irradiating cells, instead measuring their internal ‘manganese-complexes’ responsible for resistance. This new broad measure of...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS)


NIH Researchers Unleash Therapeutic Potential of IL-35

NIH scientists have simplified manufacturing and dosing of a potential drug candidate for the autoimmune eye disease uveitis—a vision-threatening condition that accounts for about 15 percent of blindness in the U.S. The protein in question, part of...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Nature Communications


‘Wasabi Receptor’ for Pain Discovered in Flatworms

A Northwestern University research team has discovered how scalding heat and tissue injury activate an ancient “pain” receptor in simple animals. The findings could lead to new strategies for analgesic drug design for the treatment of humans.The ...

– Northwestern University

Nature Neuroscience


The Puzzle to Plugging the Worst Natural Gas Release in History

By the time Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists Barry Freifeld and Curt Oldenburg visited the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in December 2015, the SS-25 well blowout had been leaking natural gas into the air for...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

article online


Predicting How Healthy Your Heart Will be Years Down the Road

Testing and targeting treatment on a patient's virtual heart could lead to longer and healthier lives, especially for the 5.7 million adults with heart failure. Two University of Kentucky researchers are working to make this a reality.

– University of Kentucky


Exascale and the City

The Argonne-led <em>Multiscale Coupled Urban Systems</em> project will create a computational framework for urban developers and planners to evaluate integrated models of city systems and processes.

– Argonne National Laboratory


World Standards Week and the Role of DHS S&T Office of Standards

World Standards Week is about the standardization process, the community, and how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in this case the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), helps connect people to make better standards, to make better prod...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate


3-D Scanning Project of 20,000 Animals Makes Details Available Worldwide

What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online.

– Cornell University


New Clues to Treat Alagille Syndrome From Zebrafish

A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) identifies potential new therapeutic avenues for patients with Alagille syndrome.

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

1DP2DK098092; R01 DE018405; P30 DK048522; 4R01DK080730-09

includes video


Screening for Disease or Toxins in a Drop of Blood

Imagine being able to quickly and accurately screen for diseases or chemical contaminants in a tiny drop of blood. Berkeley Lab scientist Daojing Wang and others have developed a multinozzle emitter array (MEA), a silicon chip that can dramatically s...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

16-Oct-2017


Scientists Log Newfound Understanding of Water’s Responses to Changing Temperatures

A team of chemists has uncovered new ways in which frozen water responds to changes in temperature to produce novel formations. Its findings have implications for climate research as well as other processes that involve ice formation—from food pres...

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 15:00 ET


Scientists Decode the Origin of Universe’s Heavy Elements in the Light From a Neutron Star Merger

On Aug. 17, scientists around the globe were treated to near-simultaneous observations by separate instruments that would ultimately be confirmed as the first measurement of the merger of two neutron stars and its explosive aftermath.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science, Oct. 16, 2017

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET


Taking Screening Methods to the Next Level

CRISPR-UMI, a novel method developed at IMBA, facilitates extremely robust and sensitive screens by tracking single mutants within a population of cells.

– Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Nature Methods

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET


Risk of Caesarean Section Is Heritable

Women born by Caesarean section due to a fetopelvic disproportion (FDP) are more than twice as likely to develop FDP when giving birth than women born naturally. This is the conclusion of a study by a team of evolutionary biologists at the University...

– University of Vienna

PNAS

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 15:00 ET


GBSI BioPolicy Summit 2017 Explores the Laboratory of the Future and Technology’s Promising Impact on Reproducible Research

Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) today brought top scientists and biomedical researchers together with science inventors and programmers to consider the laboratory of the future and explore how newly affordable and accessible digital tool...

– Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI)

GBSI’s 3rd BioPolicy Summit

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 21:30 ET


First Detection of Gravitational Waves From Colliding Neutron Stars

The discovery of gravitational waves from a cataclysmic merger of a binary neutron star system celebrated by leading astrophysics expert.

– California State University, Fullerton

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET


Radio 'Eyes' Unlocking Secrets of Neutron-Star Collision

When a pair of superdense neutron stars collided and potentially formed a black hole in a galaxy 130 million light-years from Earth, they unleashed not only a train of gravitational waves but also an ongoing torrent of radio waves that are answering ...

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Science, Oct. 2017

includes video


Nidoviruses Redundantly Express Genes and Encode More Proteins Than Previously Believed, Study Finds

Arteriviruses, a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that belongs to the order Nidovirirales, produce more proteins and messenger RNAs than previously reported, a finding that provides important insights about a virus that could potentially evolve ...

– Georgia State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Neutrons Observe Vitamin B6-Dependent Enzyme Activity Useful for Drug Development

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have performed neutron structural analysis of a vitamin B6-dependent protein, potentially opening avenues for new antibiotics and drugs to battle diseases such as drug-resistant...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Communications


UF Scientists Act as Plant Detectives to Identify Disease

Most recently, scientists with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences discovered some novel pathogens that may damage Florida tomatoes. Their findings could be critical to keeping Florida’s $437 million-a-year tomato industry strong. Th...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Plant Disease


Astronomers Detect Colliding Neutron Stars for the First Time

Four Northwestern University astronomers are part of an international research collaboration that is the first to detect the spectacular collision of two neutron stars using both gravitational waves and light. The discovery ushers in an exciting new ...

– Northwestern University

includes video


New Research Shows Dinosaur Dung Fertilizes Planet

According to NAU researcher Chris Doughty, these large animals are important not for the quantity of dung they produce, but for their ability to move long distances across landscapes, effectively mixing the nutrients.

– Northern Arizona University


Students in Right Place, Right Time Witness First-Ever Detected Neutron Star Collision

New research published in Science details perhaps one of the biggest discoveries so far in the field of astrophysics: the merger of two neutron stars. Two graduate students and two professors at the University of Notre Dame contributed to studies pub...

– University of Notre Dame

Science


Breakthrough Cuttable, Flexible, Submersible and Ballistic-Tested Lithium-ion Battery Offers New Paradigm of Safety and Performance

Breakthrough Cuttable, Flexible, Submersible and Ballistic-Tested Lithium-ion Battery Offers New Paradigm of Safety and Performance

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Advanced Materials; Chongyin Yang, Xiao Ji, Xiulin Fan, Tao Gao, Liumin Suo, Fei Wang, Wei Sun, Ji Chen, Long Chen, Fudong Han, Ling Miao, Kang Xu,

includes video


UAH Team Part of Co-Detection That Confirms the Origin of Short Gamma-Ray Bursts

Ms. Rachel Hamburg, a master’s student in UAH’s Department of Space Science and Dr. Péter Veres, a postdoctoral fellow at UAH’s CSPAR, both serve as burst advocates for the GBM Team. As a result, they were two of the first to know of the near-...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

2017, ApJL, Vol. 848, issue 2, in press.; 2017, ApJL in press.


Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

One of the secrets to making tiny laser devices such as opthalmic surgery scalpels work even more efficiently is the use of tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots. In new research at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nanotech Team, the ~n...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nature Nanotechnology


Link Between Forest Fire Smoke and Pollution Events Discovered

As so often happens in science, UAH doctoral student Aaron Kaulfus was looking for something else when he realized his forest fire smoke research might be significant.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Environmental Science and Technology, Sept-2017


Lawrence Livermore Plasma Optic Combines Lasers to Form ‘Superbeam’

For 40 years, the Death Star has remained one of science fiction’s most iconic figures. The image of Alderaan’s destruction at the hands of the Death Star’s superlaser is burned into the memory of millions of fans. But it’s long been argued t...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nature Physics, Oct. 2, 2017

includes video


Clues to the Innate Drug Resistance of a Cocoa-Fermenting Pathogen

At first glance, the yeast Candida krusei seems as innocuous as microbes come: it’s used for fermenting cocoa beans and gives chocolate its pleasant aroma. But it’s increasingly being found as a pathogen in immunocompromised patients—and C. kru...

– Genetics Society of America

G3, 7(9), 2883-2889.


Filling the Early Universe with Knots Can Explain Why the World Is Three-Dimensional

Filling the universe with knots shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago provides a neat explanation for why we inhabit a three-dimensional world. That is the basic idea advanced by an out-of-the-box theory developed by an intern...

– Vanderbilt University

European Physical Journal C; arXiv print server


Why Do So Many Nobel Prizes Go to Scientists Working on Fruit Flies?

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young for their studies of the circadian clock in fruit flies. But their discoveries weren’t just insect idiosyncrasies—they held ...

– Genetics Society of America


Using Complex Carbohydrates to Absorb Nitrates, Phosphorus

Polysaccharides, commonly used in food products, may be used to absorb nitrates and phosphorus—and put the nutrients back in the field.

– South Dakota State University


SimPath Licenses Novel ORNL System for Enhanced Synthetic Biology

SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Slideshow: 2017 SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting

This year’s SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Meeting brought together nearly 400 researchers who conduct experiments at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), including 90 participants in the concurrent...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SciWire Announcements


Department of Energy Awards Flow Into Argonne

DOE Secretary Rick Perry awarded Argonne with nearly $4.7 million in projects as part of the DOE’s Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) in September.

– Argonne National Laboratory


Michael Keidar 2017 Recipient of the Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

AIP Publishing has announced its selection of Michael Keidar as the winner of the 2017 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics. The annual award is presented in collaboration with the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics to recogn...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


DHS S&T Launches $300K Challenge to Uncover Emerging Biothreats

Today, DHS S&T launched the Hidden Signals Challenge, a $300,000 prize competition that seeks concepts for novel uses of existing data to uncover emerging biothreats.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate


WVU Opens New Inhalation Facility, $1.7 Million NIH Grant Investigates Effects of Inhaled Particles on Health

West Virginia University’s new Inhalation Facility will be the home for research and collaborations that measure, identify and discover how the particles we breathe affect our health.

– West Virginia University


University of Rhode Island Receives $5 Million Gift in Memory of Alumnus

The gift from Edward Avedisian will help fund a variety of projects in the College of Pharmacy, all working toward the goal of carrying on Paramez Avedisian’s legacy through education and innovation, according to College of Pharmacy Dean Paul Larra...

– University of Rhode Island


Texas Tech Plant & Soil Science Creates Local Food and Wine Concentration

The program will be the first of its kind in the U.S. focused on education and promotion of the growing local food and wine movement in Texas.

– Texas Tech University


NIH Awards $6.5 Million to Berkeley Lab for Augmenting Structural Biology Research Experience

The NIH has awarded $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab to integrate existing synchrotron structural biology resources to better serve researchers. The grant will establish a center based at the Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) called ALS-ENABLE that wil...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


LIGO Announces Detection of Gravitational Waves From Colliding Neutron Stars

The U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the Virgo detector in Italy announced on Oct. 16 that all three of their detectors had picked up the ripples, or gravitational waves, from two neutron stars that collided 130 mill...

– University of Chicago

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