Halloween surprise: The Great Galactic Black Widow

Unsuspecting prey be warned! Hiding in the darkest corner of the constellation Circinus is a gigantic black widow spider waiting for its next meal. For decades, this galactic creepy crawler has remained largely invisible, ...

Bacteria build walls to withstand antibiotics

Antibiotic resistant bacteria, which are proliferating in hospitals and causing major headaches for physicians, cheat death by finding ways to fortify their cell walls against the deadly drugs. The question is: how? New research ...

Mathematicians get a handle on centuries old shape

It has been almost 230 years since French general and mathematician Jean Meusnier's study of soap films - the same kind used by children today to blow bubbles -- led to one of the fundamental mathematical examples in geometric ...

One of the Most Massive Stars in our Galaxy Has a Hot Partner

Scientists using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite made the first direct detection of a companion star of Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and unusual stars in the Milky Way galaxy. ...

Intel Launches Next Wave Of Multi-Core Server Platforms

Originally planned for early 2006, Intel Corporation’s first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors started shipping today. The processors deliver record levels of performance and ...

Worries rise over telecom mergers

The Federal Communications Commission's decision Monday to allow some of the biggest telecommunications groups in the United States to band together may have surprised few, but some industry analysts are already questioning ...

Neurons change in learning-memory process

University of Texas-Austin neuroscientists say they have observed large-scale changes across neuron dendrites during learning and memory processing.

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