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In saliva, scientists have found hints that a “ghost” species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of ... Read more


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We may be capable of finding microbes in space–but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive? This month the journal Astrobiology is publishing a special issue dedicated to ... Read more


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What is the weight of a proton? Scientists from Germany and Japan have made an important step toward better understanding this fundamental constant. By means of precision measurements on a single proton, they were able ... Read more


Native leech preys on invasive slug?

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The giant slug Limax maximus is native to Europe and Asia Minor but has spread widely, being found in North America, South America, North Africa, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other regions. The slug ... Read more


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Changes in the brain’s structure that could be the result of depression have been identified in a major scanning study. Alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre ... Read more


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A new Yale School of Public Health study found that slot machines, or “one-armed bandits,” may offer a clue to how AIDS programs can better locate persons living with undiagnosed HIV infection. “When you walk ... Read more


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A team of UB physicians has published a study that challenges a surgical practice used for decades during arthroscopic knee surgery. When treating meniscal tears — one of the most common orthopaedic surgical procedures — ... Read more


The Skies Perpetually Revolve in Vain

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:06 am
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Out amongst the dense, and yet seemingly empty fabric of space the Plasma starts to accrue, piercing through distant lands and unseen skies.   Building up into supermassive jets that extend beyond galaxies and perpetually ... Read more


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Study finds gene variant increases risk for depressionA University of Central Florida study has found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression. People with apolipoprotein-E4, called ApoE4 for ... Read more


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In 1928, physicist Paul Dirac made the stunning prediction that every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle – its identical twin but with opposite charge. When particle and antiparticle met they would be ... Read more


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HSE researchers examined the structure of online communities of Russian AIDS denialists – people who deny the reality of HIV and AIDS – and the manner in which they spread their ideas. The findings are ... Read more


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The discovery that the brain can generate new cells – about 700 new neurons each day – has triggered investigations to uncover how this process is regulated. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Jan ... Read more


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For more than a decade, people have used social media to express themselves and inform and engage users across the globe. Now, a new study by Florida State University researchers examines the impact rising temperatures ... Read more


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Dogs’ ability to communicate and interact with humans is one the most astonishing differences between them and their wild cousins, wolves. A new study published today in the journal Science Advances identifies genetic changes that ... Read more


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Several studies have reported associations between proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia. New research published on July 18 in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), puts these claims to rest. The ... Read more


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