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Watching this newborn island erode could tell us a lot about Mars

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:48pm
The birth and death of a young volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean may shed light on the origins of volcanoes in Mars’ wetter past.
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Saturn’s rings mess with the gas giant’s atmosphere

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:38pm
Data from Cassini’s shallow dives into Saturn’s ionosphere show that this charged layer in the atmosphere interacts with the planet’s rings.
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Once settled, immigrants play important guard roles in mongoose packs

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 6:00am
Dwarf mongoose packs ultimately benefit from taking in immigrants, but there’s an assimilation period.
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This ancient marsupial lion had an early version of ‘bolt-cutter’ teeth

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:00am
Extinct dog-sized predator crunched with unusual slicers toward the back of its jaw.
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Most complete map of Titan reveals connected seas and cookie-cutter lakes

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:40am
The latest map of Titan, based on all the data from the Cassini spacecraft, displays new details about the moon’s lakes and seas.
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When tumors fuse with blood vessels, clumps of breast cancer cells can spread

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 8:42am
Breast cancer tumors may merge with blood vessels to help the cancer spread.
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Some high-temperature superconductors might not be so odd after all

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00am
Unusual high-temperature superconductors might be explained by standard superconductivity theory.
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Narwhals react to certain dangers in a really strange way

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:41am
After escaping a net, narwhals significantly lower their heart rate while diving quickly to get away from humans.
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AI eavesdrops on dolphins and discovers six unknown click types

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:00am
An algorithm uncovered the new types of echolocation sounds among millions of underwater recordings from the Gulf of Mexico.
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CRISPR/Cas9 can reverse multiple diseases in mice

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:25am
A new gene therapy uses CRISPR/Cas9 to turn on dormant genes.
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Microwaved, hard-boiled eggs can explode. But the bang isn’t the worst part.

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:00am
Microwaved eggs can explode with a loud, but probably not ear-splitting, bang when pierced.
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What hospitals can do to help keep excess opioids out of communities

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:23pm
Guidelines for prescribing opioids following a routine surgery prevented thousands of unnecessary pills from leaving the hospital, a new study finds.
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This new dinosaur species was one odd duck

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:29am
Weird dino swimmer had flipperlike limbs and a swanlike neck.
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The most distant quasar ever spotted hails from the universe’s infancy

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am
The new record-holder for faraway quasars comes from a period of rapid change in the universe.
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Staring into a baby’s eyes puts her brain waves and yours in sync

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:30pm
Brain waves line up when adults and babies lock eyes.
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How freezing a soap bubble turns it into a ‘snow globe’

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:00pm
Frigid air makes soap bubbles shimmering orbs thanks to surface tension.
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New setup for image recognition AI lets a program think on its feet

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 5:00am
Researchers are revamping image recognition programs to better identify familiar objects in new situations.
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In a first, Galileo’s gravity experiment is re-created in space

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:00am
A key principle of general relativity holds up in a new space-based test.
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New 3-D printed materials harness the power of bacteria

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:22am
The three-dimensional materials contain live bacteria and could generate wound dressings or clean up pollutants.
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We still don’t know where the first interstellar asteroid came from

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:38am
Astronomers are tracking stars to see if one of them launched the first interstellar asteroid at Earth.
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