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The mystery of the instant noodle chromosomes

A group of researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University tried to address one of the least understood issues in the modern molecular biology, namely, how do strands of DNA pack themselves into the cell nucleus. Scientists ...

dateJul 23, 2015 in General Physics
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How the brightest lights in the universe 'flicker'

Active galactic nuclei are the brightest objects in the universe. They are not lit up permanently, but rather 'flicker' extremely slowly. This insight helps ETH researchers better understand the influence these nuclei and ...

dateJun 24, 2015 in Astronomy
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Star formation near supermassive black holes

Most if not all galaxies are thought to host a supermassive black hole in their nuclei, a finding that is both one the most important and amazing in modern astronomy. A supermassive black hole grows by accreting mass, and ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Astronomy
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MIRO maps water in comet's coma

MIRO, the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter, first detected the emission from water molecules in the coma of Comet 67P/C-G on 6 June 2014, when Rosetta was 350,000 km from the comet, approximately equivalent to ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Herpes virus hijackers

The virus responsible for the common cold sore hijacks the machinery within our cells, causing them to break down and help shield the virus from our immune system, researchers from the University of Cambridge and colleagues ...

dateMay 22, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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