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First-ever layered lake-sediment sample extracted from subglacial Antarctica

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 "There are places on Earth that we still haven't explored," said Matthew Siegfried, assistant professor of geophysics at Colorado School of Mines and a lead author of the paper, published March 9 in Geology. "We have now one sample trying to understand an environment that is one and a half times the size of the continental United States."Sinc...
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Carnegie Mellon University Payloads Iris, Monark Launch as Part of Historic Lunar Mission

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 A bright dome of light pierced the night. As the light grew brighter and larger, it rose into the sky, taking the shape of a rocket dashing into space, a trail of exhaust left to mark its path."Liftoff," shouted Zach Muraskin, a senior studying physics at Carnegie Mellon University and the science team lead for Iris, a rover bound for the moo...
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Marine heatwaves affecting little penguin population

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 Research has found marine heatwaves are affecting the breeding, diet and population size of little penguins along Western Australia's coast.The study, published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, used data from 1986 to 2019 to investigate the impacts of marine heatwaves on breeding outcomes, body condition, diet composition, population size a...
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‘Giant’ predator worms more than half a billion years old discovered in North Greenland

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 Fossils of a new group of animal predators have been located in the Early Cambrian Sirius Passet fossil locality in North Greenland. These large worms may be some of the earliest carnivorous animals to have colonised the water column more than 518 million years ago, revealing a past dynasty of predators that scientists didn't know existed.The...
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Searching for dark matter in gaps between stars

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 Astronomers anticipate upcoming images of the Andromeda galaxy may hold vital cluesAlthough dark matter makes up 27% of the universe, astronomers have been unable to observe it directly.Now, in a new study, an international team of researchers including Northwestern University astrophysicists has found that upcoming images from NASA's Nancy G...
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At a glance: Hurricane research at FIU

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 Hurricanes are more intense. Coastal populations are growing. Increased probability of flooding due to higher storm surges and rainfall is heightening the risk for catastrophic damage to the human and built environments in the path of these killer events. Against the backdrop of these complex challenges, FIU scientists are conducting hurrican...
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The Remains of an Ancient Planet Lie Deep Within Earth

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 In the 1980s, geophysicists made a startling discovery: two continent-sized blobs of unusual material were found deep near the center of the Earth, one beneath the African continent and one beneath the Pacific Ocean. Each blob is twice the size of the Moon and likely composed of different proportions of elements than the mantle surrounding it...
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How to prioritize things in your life?

Priority, if we talk about priorities we can think about many things that are our priorities like family, money, health, education, relations, food, etc, there isn't any end to priorities, we can keep on discussing our priorities. But if we go deep into the beginning of our lives, education is the most important priority for everyone. Although it w...
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WASP Real-time Systems

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 Research at Real-Time Systems Laboratory covers the dependability and timeliness of distributed systems. We conduct research into dependability attributes such as safety, reliability, availability, and integrity. The latter two are also hallmarks of security.Dependable systems are those for which reliance on the system's services is justified...
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Zoo-housed carnivores react positively to novel improvements to their enclosures, study suggests

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 The welfare of carnivores in zoos is enhanced when improvements are made to their enclosures, a study suggests.Nottingham Trent University research revealed how carnivores became significantly more active and engaged more with their enclosures when given additional enrichment such as different types of feeding, new structures, the introductio...
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Bats declined as Britain felled trees for colonial shipbuilding

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 Bat numbers declined as Britain's trees were felled for shipbuilding in the early colonial period, new research shows.The study, by the University of Exeter and the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), found Britain's Western barbastelle bat populations have dropped by 99% over several hundred years.Animals' DNA can be analysed to discover a "signat...
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Research vessel Polarstern sets course for the East Antarctic

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 28 November, the research vessel Polarstern set off from Cape Town for a special region: Two expeditions in East Antarctica will focus on the history of the instability of the ice sheet there and its interactions with ocean circulation. On the first leg, which will last around two months and be led by GEOMAR, the main focus will be on oceanog...
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SELF-ORGANIZING SYSTEMS

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The profile-forming research cluster attempts to understand systems in which the units interact directly with each other and continuously react to each other and the environment. Nature is often a model for such processes in economics, psychology and technology.Nature shows us many phenomena that can be successfully described, analyzed and modeled ...
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Highly Dexterous Robot Hand Can Operate in the Dark — Just Like Us

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 Columbia Engineers design a robot hand that is the first device of its kind to join advanced sense of touch with motor-learning algorithms — it doesn't rely on vision to manipulate objectsThink about what you do with your hands when you're home at night pushing buttons on your TV's remote control, or at a restaurant using all kinds of cutlery...
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The case of the missing phosphorus: Astronomers find life ingredient at galaxy's edges

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 The discovery of phosphorus in a molecular cloud at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy challenges current views of how the element originates and extends the galactic habitable zone.Astronomers at the University of Arizona have discovered excephosphorus, a critical ingredient for life as we know it, in an unexpected location: the outskirts of t...
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Why are hybrid animals sterile?

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 Study of crossbred butterflies suggests multiple genes involved.When animals of two different species mate, their hybrid offspring can be unhealthy or sterile. Often, only one sex is affected.Sexual differences in fertility follow a pattern known as Haldane's Rule, which states that hybrids are afflicted more when they inherit two different s...
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Monkeys want its fruit, scientists want its secrets: The mysterious case of an endangered tropical tree

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 The Pleodendron costaricense is an ancient tree on the verge of extinction. Only nine specimens are known to exist. Found in Costa Rica, in the mountains near the Pacific Ocean and in the Osa Peninsula, the tree is referred to by botanists as a "living fossil" because of its historic lineage.Tony Durst, a professor emeritus with the Departmen...
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Good news for monarch butterflies?

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The migratory monarch butterfly might not be as endangered as previously thought, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Humans may have artificially inflated the monarch population by making changes to the habitat of Eastern and North America. The numbers we see now may reflect an expanded population from precolonial sizes. "...
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Mystery Resolved: Black Hole Feeding and Feedback at the Center of an Active Galaxy

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 An international research team led by Takuma Izumi, an assistant professor at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, has observed in high resolution (approximately 1 light year) the active galactic nucleus of the Circinus Galaxy - one of the closest major galaxies to the Milky Way. The observation was made possible by the Atacama Lar...
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Life-saving technology for Australian beaches

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 A world-first system developed by UTS is being used by Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver to identify sharks, raise alarms and provide greater protection for swimmers and surfers.SharkSpotter, which uses artificial intelligence to protect swimmers and surfers in the ocean, has been credited with saving two lives in its first year of operation. N...
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