Evolution Mar 22, 2023

Why do animals living with humans evolve such similar features? A new theory could explain 'domestication syndrome'

In the 19th century, Charles Darwin was one of the first to notice something interesting about domesticated animals: different species often developed similar changes when compared to their ancient wild ancestors.

Biotechnology Mar 23, 2023

'Deep proteome' project provides atlas for human complexity

A major puzzle of biology is that while the human genome contains roughly 20,000 genes, many comparatively primitive organisms—including the universally-studied worm C. elegans—have almost the same number of genes.

Optics & Photonics Mar 21, 2023

Optical switching at record speeds opens door for ultrafast, light-based electronics and computers

Imagine a home computer operating 1 million times faster than the most expensive hardware on the market. Now imagine that level of computing power as the industry standard. University of Arizona researchers hope to pave the ...

Evolution Mar 21, 2023

A persistent influence of supernovae on biodiversity

The number of exploding stars (supernovae) has significantly influenced marine life's biodiversity during the last 500 million years. This is the essence of a new study published in Ecology and Evolution by Henrik Svensmark, ...

Astrobiology Mar 21, 2023

RNA molecule uracil found in asteroid Ryugu samples

Researchers have analyzed samples of the asteroid Ryugu collected by the Japanese Space Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft and found uracil, one of the informational units that make up RNA, the molecules that contain the instructions ...

Quantum Physics Mar 21, 2023

Time-delocalized variables violating causal inequalities

A team of researchers from the Université libre de Bruxelles and the French National Center for Scientific Research have shown for the first time that an exotic type of process violating causal inequalities can be realized ...

Earth Sciences Mar 21, 2023

Scientists make 'disturbing' find on remote island: plastic rocks

There are few places on Earth as isolated as Trindade island, a volcanic outcrop a three- to four-day boat trip off the coast of Brazil.

Earth Sciences Mar 17, 2023

Scientists identify heat wave at bottom of ocean

The 2013-2016 marine heat wave known as "The Blob" warmed a vast expanse of surface waters across the northeastern Pacific, disrupting West Coast marine ecosystems, depressing salmon returns, and damaging commercial fisheries. ...

Astrobiology Mar 16, 2023

'Terminator zones' on distant planets could harbor life, astronomers say

In a new study, University of California, Irvine astronomers describe how extraterrestrial life has the potential to exist on distant exoplanets inside a special area called the "terminator zone," which is a ring on planets ...

Molecular & Computational biology Mar 20, 2023

Scientists use tardigrade proteins for human health breakthrough

University of Wyoming researchers' study of how microscopic creatures called tardigrades survive extreme conditions has led to a major breakthrough that could eventually make life-saving treatments available to people where ...

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