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'Weighing' atoms with electrons

The different elements found in nature each have their distinct isotopes. For carbon, there are 99 atoms of the lighter stable carbon isotope 12C for each 13C atom, which has one more neutron in its nucleus. Apart from this ...

dateOct 11, 2016 in Nanophysics
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Ravens learn best from their affiliates

One of the benefits of living together is gaining new information from group members. Once a group member starts displaying a new behavior, it frequently spreads to the rest of the group. In a study on ravens, Cognitive Biologists ...

dateJul 13, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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How to get moral 'free-riders' to cooperate

What motivates people to contribute to trustful moral judgment, which is a public good yet tends to be costly? This is 'the moral free rider problem'. Mathematician Tatsuya Sasaki from University of Vienna and colleagues ...

dateJul 06, 2016 in Social Sciences
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How water gets its exceptional properties

Water is liquid at room temperature – astounding for such a small molecule. Insights into the causes are provided by a new simulation method, which has its origins in brain research. Using artificial neural networks, researchers ...

dateJul 05, 2016 in Condensed Matter
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Microbial activity in the dark ocean

There are a lot of tiny living organisms in the dark ocean. Imagine their habitat, it is completely different from ours! During this cruise I am measuring the activity of microorganisms using a device called the In Situ Microbial ...

dateJun 01, 2016 in Environment
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