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Confederate submarine crew killed by their own weapon

The H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship, also instantly killed its own eight-man crew with the powerful explosive torpedo it carried, according to new research from a Duke University Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Canada fact of the day

That means the top 10 universities in the United States – a country of over 315 million people – at any given time are educating a grand total of only 62,150 students. By contrast, here are the rough numbers of undergraduates at theShow More Summary

Arsenic risk in Pakistan much greater than expected

(Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology: Eawag) Arsenic-contaminated groundwater may threaten the health of 50 to 60 million people in Pakistan. This is shown by an Eawag-led study in which data from 1,200 groundwater samples was analyzed and combined with hydrological parameters to generate a hazard map. Show More Summary

Climate game changer

(University of Alberta) New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata.

You and some 'cavemen' get a genetic checkup

(Georgia Institute of Technology) Evolution has weeded out genetic variants associated with diseases for millennia and propagated variants that protect against ailments, a comparative genetics study shows. But in the last 500 to 1,000 years that trend appears to have changed. Show More Summary

Confederate submarine crew killed by their own weapon

(Duke University) A powerful shockwave from the H.L. Hunley's own weapon killed the crew of the Confederate combat submarine as it sunk a Union ship. This finding comes from a four-year research project that involved repeatedly setting...Show More Summary

Sussex man held in Turkey for smuggling ancient coins

Sussex man held in Turkey for smuggling ancient coinsA British man is facing up to three years in a Turkish prison for trying to take home some ancient coins found on the seabed during a family holiday. Toby Robyns, 52, an ambulance driver from Southwick, in West Sussex, was arrested as he made his way through security at Bodrum airport on Saturday. Show More Summary

New fly fossil sheds light on the explosive radiation of flies during the Cenozoic Era

The first unambiguous fossil from the botfly family adds to the few known fossils of a major clade of flies (Calyptratae), shedding light on their rapid radiation during the Cenozoic Era, according to a study published August 23, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Pierfilippo Cerrito from Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, and colleagues.

A tale of how imagination came to be loses sight of the evidence

Author Stephen Asma knows how to improvise, but The Evolution of Imagination begs the question: what can unbridled thought bring to science?

Head injuries in sport must be taken more seriously

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Sports organizations are only starting to understand the harm that can be inflicted by high-contact activities. Science must play its part in highlighting the problem and in aiding diagnosis.

Magnetic antiparticle expands strange field of swirling science

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Antiskyrmion offers promise for superfast spintronic computers.

To reduce gender biases, acknowledge them

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

A former Google engineer’s memo on diversity reveals psychological blind spots, not biological differences, says Debbie Chachra.

How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Mixing artificial intelligence with climate science helps researchers to identify previously unknown atmospheric processes and rank climate models.

Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios

Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy; either they are spinning more slowly than black holes in our own galaxy or they spin rapidly but are 'tumbled around' with spins randomly oriented to their orbit.

Supernova’s messy birth casts doubt on reliability of astronomical yardstick

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Brightness of exploding stars may vary more than researchers realized.

Ecologists protest Australia’s plans to cut funding for environment-monitoring network

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Scientists say the move will reduce the country’s capacity to predict future ecosystem changes.

Mysteries of turbulence unravelled

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Simulations follow how swirls in a fluid transfer and dissipate energy.

Theft of South African relics riles researchers

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Efforts to relocate artefacts to sites of origin could stall after gold robbery at national park.

Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides

15 hours agoAcademics : Nature

Scientists investigate why mountain slopes can slip slowly for years and then suddenly speed up, with potentially fatal effects.

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