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Swifts Remain Airborne Up to 10 Months at a Time

When a common swift kicks off from its breeding grounds north of the equator to return to more temperate climes, it likely won't touch earth until the following year. Swifts, with their darting movements and high-energy hunting habits seem to be poor candidates for the title of world's longest flyer. Show More Summary

Extinguishing a fusion fire in a flash of light

(American Physical Society) Detailed experiments in conjunction with computer modeling yields insights on the interaction of plasma, magnetic fields, and neon plumes used to protect fusion energy experiments.

Genome sequencing reveals ancient interbreeding between chimpanzees and bonobos

For the first time, scientists have revealed ancient gene mixing between chimpanzees and bonobos, mankind's closest relatives, showing parallels with Neanderthal mixing in human ancestry. Published today in the journal Science, the study...Show More Summary

Alcator C-mod bows out with a new world record

On its final day of operation, the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Plasma Science & Fusion Center set a new record for plasma pressure in a magnetic confinement device. These results help validate the high-field approach to fusion energy, which could lead to smaller, cheaper fusion power plants.

Breakthrough in Z-pinch implosion stability opens new path to fusion

(American Physical Society) High-convergence implosions produce thermonuclear fusion from high-temperature plasma.

Placebo sweet spot for pain relief found in brain

(Northwestern University) Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the placebo effect in pain relief. Pinpointing the sweet spot of the pain killing placebo effect could result in the design...Show More Summary

A culprit cell that drives plaque buildup in arteries

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Aging macrophages contribute to both early and late stages of atherosclerosis, the most common driver of cardiovascular disease, a new study in mice reveals.

The formation of a multi-ring lunar crater

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Two new studies based on data from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory spacecraft mission have painted a clearer picture of the Orientale impact basin, one of the largest, youngest and best-preserved craters on the moon.

The Natural Depression Treatment That Beats Antidepressants

Only 30% suffered side effects on herbs for depression, compared with 60% who were on antidepressants. Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything

Hairy Liaisons: Ancient Chimps and Bonobos Hooked Up

Half a million years ago, chimpanzees and bonobos found a way to get together.

Solar Storm Lit Up Parts of Northern US with Auroras

A moderate geomagnetic storm in Earth's magnetic field likely created some luminous auroras in the northern United States last night (Oct. 25).

Mutant plants reveal temperature sensor

(Washington University in St. Louis) In a serendipitous moment, scientists studying light sensing molecules in plants have discovered that they are also temperature sensors.The discovery may eventually allow them to design crop varieties that are better able to cope with a warming world.

Antibody breaks leukemia's hold, providing new therapeutic approach

(University of California - San Diego) Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer known for drug resistance and relapse. In an effort to uncover new treatment strategies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center discovered that a cell surface molecule known as CD98 promotes AML. Show More Summary

Research into basic workings of immune system points to way of improving therapies for cancer

(Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) In a paper posted online today by the journal Science, researchers at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center report that, in mice with chronic viral infection, exhausted T cells...Show More Summary

Team spots elusive intermediate compound in atmospheric chemistry

JILA physicists and colleagues have identified a long-missing piece in the puzzle of exactly how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution and a warming climate. Performing chemistry experiments in a new way, they observed a key molecule that appears briefly during a common chemical reaction in the atmosphere.

montereybayaquarium: You probably don’t look this adorable when...

montereybayaquarium: You probably don’t look this adorable when you swim… The deep-sea flapjack octopus, Opisthoteuthis “adorabilis,” is a cirrate octopus—meaning that a pair of hairlike filaments surround each sucker on its eight webbed arms. Show More Summary

Research helps explain formation of ringed crater on the moon

Using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, scientists have shed new light on the formation of a huge bull's-eye-shaped impact feature on the Moon. The findings, described in two papers publishedShow More Summary

Plant 'thermometer' discovered that triggers springtime budding by measuring night-time heat

An international team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has discovered the 'thermometer' molecule that enables plants to develop according to seasonal temperature changes.

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