Archive: 01/29/2014

First weather map of brown dwarf

ESO's Very Large Telescope has been used to create the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. An international team has made a chart of the dark and light features ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Astronomy
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'Rogue' asteroids may be the norm

To get an idea of how the early solar system may have formed, scientists often look to asteroids. These relics of rock and dust represent what today's planets may have been before they differentiated into ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Neanderthals' genetic legacy

Remnants of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans are associated with genes affecting type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease, lupus, biliary cirrhosis and smoking behavior. They also concentrate in genes that influence ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Sponge bacteria, a chemical factory

Sponges are unique beings: they are invertebrates that live in symbiosis with sometimes hundreds of different types of bacteria; similar to lichens which are a biocoenosis of algae and fungi. "Put simply, ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Better sweet corn research, better production

While grain yield is economically important in field corn production, there are other metrics more important in sweet corn grown for processing, said Marty Williams, a USDA-ARS ecologist and University of Illinois crop sciences ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Ecology
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