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New Scale Pinpoints Most Life-Friendly Alien Planets 

1 hour agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory have devised a new habitability index for judging how suitable alien planets might be for life. The point of the exercise is to help scientists prioritize future targets for close-ups from NASA’s yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope and other instruments. Read more...

New Prenatal Test Will Screen for Every Single Possible “Defect.” More Babies Will be Aborted

This is the age of the non-invasive prenatal tests, called NIPTs for short. NIPTs look at minute quantities of fetal DNA floating in a pregnant mother’s blood. With these small pieces of DNA scientists can look for genetic abnormalities in the fetus. The tests are “non-invasive” because they only require a blood sample from mom. […]

New artificial cells mimic nature's tiny reactors

Pools of fatty molecules self-assemble around treated water droplets to create a cell-like bioreactor that could offer substantial advantages for carrying out complex synthesis processes, say scientists.

Hog-nose rat discovered

A new genus and species has been discovered on a remote, mountainous island in Indonesia. This new discovery is the third new genus described by this group of scientists since 2012, and identifies a rodent with features never seen by the scientific community before.

Great Job, Internet!: This Quantum Leap mashup combines Rockwell with Dean Stockwell

For five time-traveling seasons on NBC from 1989 to 1993, Quantam Leap’s beleaguered scientist Sam Beckett, portrayed by current NCIS: New Orleans star Scott Bakula, bounced hither and yon from one body to another, always hoping against hope to return home to his own corporeal vessel and resume his former life. Show More Summary

Researchers uncover new genetic markers for wheat improvement

Wheat scientists have completed the first study of a chromosome in a tertiary gene pool and have called it a breakthrough in exploring wheat wild relatives for future crop improvement.

Newly-Discovered, Ancient Humans Were Tree-Climbers Who Walked and Used Tools

7 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Last month in South Africa, scientists announced the discovery of a new group of early humans called Homo naledi. Now an analysis shows that this hominin had hands capable of both tree climbing and tool use, plus feet that were adapted for walking upright. Read more...

Scientists Find New Rat With Curious Pubic Hair

A newly found creature's name is the hog-nosed rat, and things don't get any more picturesque from there. Reporting on their find in the Journal of Mammalogy, scientists describe the animal, found in 2013 on Mount Dako, on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island: It's a long-faced carnivorous creature with "extremely large ears...

Incredible Neutrino 'Flavors' Discovery Wins Nobel Physics Prize

New discoveries about neutrino peculiarities could change scientists' conception of the history and structure of the universe, according to the press release.

Neutrino Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Physics

The scientists' research discovered a new phenomenon – neutrino oscillations - that was seen as ground-breaking for particle physics.

Using, sharing, new technologies is key for conservation

Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor threatened species. But technologies alone cannot conserve biodiversity, a new multi-institutional study finds. Show More Summary

New TSRI Metabolomic Platform Reveals Fundamental Flaw in Common Lab Technology

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute shows that a technology used in thousands of laboratories, called gas chromatography mass spectrometry, fundamentally alters the samples it analyzes.

Scientists Discover a Microsnail So Small That It Fits Inside the Eye of a Sewing Needle

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Scientists Barna Páll-Gergely and Takahiro Asami from Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan, András Hunyadi from Budapest, Hungary, Adrienne Jochum from the University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland have discovered seven new species of land snails, including one so small that it fits inside the eye of a sewing needle. These microsnails were gathered through soil samples […]

Researchers Identify New Gene Linked to Amyloid Beta Plaque Buildup in Alzheimer's Disease

A multi-institutional team led by scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered an immune system gene associated with higher rates of amyloid plaque buildup in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and older adults at risk for the disease.

Scientists Test New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss From a Mitochondrial Disease

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice. LHON is one of many diseases tied to gene mutations that damage the tiny energy factories that power our cells, called mitochondria.

Would Kevin McCarthy face a revolt as Speaker of the House? It depends on this.

If John Boehner’s fall heralds a new period of chaos and instability, as political scientists Jeffrey Jenkins and Charles Stewart suggest, then it isn’t too soon to discuss what might happen to his successor. Although Kevin McCarthy shouldn’t rest easy yet, he is the most likely Speaker in waiting. Presuming he wins, his job security will […]

Medical Ethics Expert Explains Big Changes Coming to Research Studies Using People

The U.S. federal government is preparing to launch a set of sweeping new regulations that will have a major impact on how biomedical researchers and social scientists work. It will require researchers to change how they get ethics approval, how they collect informed consent from participants, and more. Show More Summary

Finches Offer Researchers a New Tool with Which to Study Huntington's Disease

The most common lab animals, rats and mice, can't tell scientists much about speech disorders. However, a new study shows how songbirds, specifically zebra finches, may be able to aid research on neurodegenerative disorders that affect speech and vocalization.

Chinese scientists start selling micropigs

Chinese researchers developed a small type of petting pig while developing new models for human disease.

Brightness-equalized quantum dots improve biological imaging

A new class of light-emitting quantum dots (QDs) with tunable and equalized fluorescence brightness across a broad range of colors has been introduced by scientists. This results in more accurate measurements of molecules in diseased tissue and improved quantitative imaging capabilities, they say.

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