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One good turn: Birds swap energy-sapping lead role
Migrating birds 'share the pain' of the arduous task of leading a v-formation, so that they can then take turns saving energy by following in another bird's wake, a new study shows.
Memory reformat planned for Opportunity Mars rover
(Phys.org) —An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.
Microchip-like technology allows single-cell analysis
A U.S. and Korean research team has developed a chip-like device that could be scaled up to sort and store hundreds of thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes. The system is similar to ...
Researchers develop single cell genomics technique to reverse engineer developing lung
Consider the marvel of the embryo. It begins as a glob of identical cells that change shape and function as they multiply to become the cells of our lungs, muscles, nerves and all the other specialized tissues ...
Chameleon proteins make individual cells visible
Researchers discovered a new mechanism of how fluorescent proteins can change colour. It enables the microscopic visualization of individual cells in their three-dimensional environment in living organisms.
Unique social structure of hunter-gatherers explained
Sex equality in residential decision-making explains the unique social structure of hunter-gatherers, a new UCL study reveals.
New application of classic algorithm uniquely identifies individuals based on their bacterial 'companions'
A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies—known as the human microbiome—have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint.
Facebook not an information bubble, researchers conclude
Social media networks like Facebook are not putting users in an ideological information bubble, despite fears to the contrary, a new research report said Thursday.
From the depths of a microscopic world, spontaneous cooperation
Maybe it's not such a dog-eat-dog world after all. A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of Illinois researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group ...
Dental enamel reveals surprising migration patterns in ancient Indus civilizations
University of Florida researchers have discovered that ancient peoples in the Indus Valley apparently did not stay put, as was previously thought. Equally surprising is how they found out: by examining 4,000-year-old ...
The science behind spite
Psychology, biology, and mathematics have come together to show that the occurrence of altruism and spite - helping or harming others at a cost to oneself - depends on similarity not just between two interacting ...
Scientists visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time with nanotechnology
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed new imaging techniques to watch dangerous brain tumor cells respond to treatment in real time.
Under the microscope, strong-swimming swamp bacteria spontaneously organize into crystals
Insects form swarms, fish school, birds flock together. Likewise, one species of bacteria forms dynamic, living crystals, says new research from Rockefeller University. Biophysicists have revealed that fast-swimming, ...