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New Imaging Technique Reveals Nanoscale Details About DNA

New Imaging Technique Reveals Nanoscale Details About DNA

Researchers have developed a new enhanced DNA imaging technique that can probe the structure of individual DNA strands at the nanoscale. Since DNA is at the root of many disease processes, the technique could help scientists gain important insights into what goes wrong when DNA becomes damaged or when other cellular processes affect gene expression. The new imaging method builds …

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Scientists Discover 1st Complex Organic Chiral Molecules in Interstellar Space

Scientists Discover 1st Complex Organic Chiral Molecules in Interstellar Space

For the first time ever, scientists have detected a complex organic molecule called a chiral molecule in the reaches of interstellar space, and the discovery could greatly enhance our understanding of how biological life came to be on Earth – and maybe even life’s prospects for evolving elsewhere in the galaxy. The molecule in question, propylene oxide, was discovered in a gigantic …

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Biologists Say They’ve Discovered New Mating Position for Bombay Night Frog

Biologists Say They've Discovered New Mating Position for Bombay Night Frog

Six mating positions (amplexus modes) are known among the almost 7,000 species of frogs and toads found worldwide. However, the Bombay night frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni), which is endemic to the Western Ghats Biodiversity hotspot of India, mates differently. In a new study, scientists have described a new (seventh) mode of amplexus — now named as dorsal straddle. In Bombay night …

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Kepler-1647b: Astronomers Discover Circumbinary Planet 3,700 Light-Years Away

Kepler-1647b: Astronomers Discover Circumbinary Planet 3,700 Light-Years Away

Exoplanets that orbit binary stars are known as circumbinary planets, or sometimes ‘Tatooine’ planets, after Luke Skywalker’s home world in Star Wars. Using data from NASA’s Kepler/K2 mission, scientists search for slight dips in brightness that hint an exoplanet might be passing or transiting in front of its host star, blocking a tiny amount of the star’s light. “But finding circumbinary …

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Greenland: Higher-Than-Average Temperatures May Fuel Arctic Ice Melt, Study Says

Greenland: Higher-Than-Average Temperatures May Fuel Arctic Ice Melt, Study Says

The two main forces that conspire to destroy Earth’s massive polar ice sheets are heat, which melts their surfaces via sunlight and warm air, and gravity, which drives glaciers to slide to the sea. But a new analysis of the Greenland Ice Sheet points to an underappreciated culprit that could accelerate its demise: wind. The study shows how local weather extremes might …

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Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Life in the Universe: Planets of Graphite and Diamond May Have Been the 1st to Be Habitable

Carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides and diamonds possibly hosted life in the early universe, a new study has revealed. Scientists suggest that searching a rare class of stars might help find these ‘diamond worlds’. Here’s all you need to know about this discovery: 1. Our Earth consists of silicate rocks and an iron core with a thin veneer of water …

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Four New Elements Are Being Added To the Period Table

Four new elements are being added to the period table: Nihonium (element 113), Moscovium (element 114), Tennessine (element 115), and Oganesson (element 118). Scientists in Japan have managed to make the 113th element of the period table, and have named it after the Japanese word for Japan: “Nihon”. Nihonium will be abbreviated at “Nh” on the periodic table. Researchers at the …

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Four Newly Discovered Elements in The Periodic Table Get Names: Here’s What They Are Called

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), an organisation recognised as the world authority in chemical sciences has finally announced the proposed names for the newly discovered elements in the Periodic Table. The elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og), respectively. The new seventh row elements are all synthentic …

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NASA Uses Satellites to Track Pollution

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has developed a new method to locate and monitor sources of air pollution using satellites. NASA recently used this approach to discover 39 previously unreported major sources of sulfur dioxide. The SO2 is coming from coal-burning power plants, smelters and oil and gas operations in Mexico, the Middle East and parts of Russia. “We …

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HIV Vaccine Getting Ready for Clinical Trials

HIV Vaccine Getting Ready for Clinical Trials

A new HIV vaccination, developed by Dr. Louis Picker and his team of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, is ready for clinical testing on humans. Picker and his team are now in the process of recruiting healthy participants for those trials. The vaccine is derived from cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a strain of herpes. According to Oregon Live, Cytomegalovirus naturally puts T cells …

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