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Coral reefs host millions of bacteria, revealing Earth’s hidden biodiversity

A new estimate of microbial life living in Pacific reefs is similar to global counts, suggesting many more microbes call Earth home than thought. [...]

Measurements of a key radioactive decay nudge a nuclear clock closer to reality

In a step toward building a nuclear clock, scientists measured light emitted when a special type of thorium nucleus decayed. [...]

These ants build tall nest hills to help show the way home

Desert ants living in the harsh, flat salt pans of Tunisia create towering anthills to aid with navigating the near-featureless terrain. [...]

How a new Lyme vaccine for mice may protect people

A vaccine, distributed as pellets, can neutralize Lyme-causing bacteria in wildlife. Scientists hope it will reduce Lyme exposure for people and pets. [...]

Quantum computers braided ‘anyons,’ long-sought quasiparticles with memory

Particle-like quantum states called non-abelian anyons remember being swapped and could be useful for protecting information in quantum computers. [...]

With tools from Silicon Valley, Quinton Smith builds lab-made organs

Tissues made with 3-D printing and other techniques could offer insights into diseases such as fatty liver disease and preeclampsia. [...]

A hunt for fungi might bring this orchid back from the brink

Identifying the fungi that feeds the Cooper’s black orchid in the lab may allow researchers to bank seeds and possibly regrow the species in the wild. [...]

Why the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is especially hard to predict

It’s hard to know how busy this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be, thanks to a rarely observed combination of ocean and climate conditions. [...]

A quake on Mars showed its crust is thicker than Earth’s

Seismic data from NASA’s Insight lander reveal the crust is roughly 50 kilometers thick, with the northern crust being thinner than the south’s. [...]

This house was built partly from recycled diapers

Disposable diapers can replace nearly a third of the materials used in load-bearing structures, offering a potential path to more affordable housing. [...]

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Rare earth elements, like neodymium and dysprosium, are a critical component to almost all modern technologies, from smartphones to hard drives, but they are notoriously hard to separate from the Earth's crust and from one another. Scientists have discovered a new mechanism by which bacteria can select between different rare… [...]

Scientists have taken the world's first X-ray SIGNAL (or SIGNATURE) of just one atom. This groundbreaking achievement could revolutionize the way scientists detect the materials. [...]

According to new research, the amount of oxygen in one of 10 breaths was made possible thanks to a newly identified cellular mechanism that promotes photosynthesis in marine phytoplankton. The new study identifies how a proton pumping enzyme (known as VHA) aids in global oxygen production and carbon fixation from… [...]

Chess grandmasters are often held up as the epitome of thinking far ahead. But can others, with a modest amount of practice, learn to think further ahead? In addressing this question, a team of cognitive scientists has created a computational model that reveals our ability to plan for future events.… [...]

Links have been reported between schizophrenia and proteins produced by the immune system that can act against one's own body, known as autoantibodies. Researchers have now identified autoantibodies that target a 'synaptic adhesion protein' in a subset of patients with schizophrenia. When injected into mice, the autoantibodies caused many schizophrenia-related… [...]

There's an intriguing exoplanet out there -- 400 light-years out there -- that is so tantalizing that astronomers have been studying it since its discovery in 2009. One orbit for WASP-18 b around its star that is slightly larger than our Sun takes just 23 hours. There is nothing like… [...]

About two-thirds of the risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is thought to arise from genetic influences, but about a third could be influenced by environment and lifestyle, opening the door for behavioral interventions that could delay or prevent pathophysiological changes that occur with AD. Now a new study in a… [...]

Research using the world's most energetic laser has shed light on the properties of highly compressed matter -- essential to understanding the structure of giant planets and stars, and to develop controlled nuclear fusion, a process that could harvest carbon-free energy. [...]

Geneticists have unearthed a major event in the ancient history of sturgeons and paddlefish that has significant implications for the way we understand evolution. They have pinpointed a previously hidden 'whole genome duplication' (WGD) in the common ancestor of these species, which seemingly opened the door to genetic variations that… [...]

Chemists add another powerful tool to their 'molecular editing' toolkit for crafting pharmaceuticals and other valuable compounds. [...]

Scientists have identified a key chemical associated with lethal bronzing (LB) infected palm trees. LB is a bacterial disease that kills more than 20 species of palm trees in the Southern United States and Caribbean and has been devastating the Florida green industries for nearly two decades. [...]

Researchers suggest a simple tweak to the first meal of the day might help people living with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) better control their blood sugar levels. Switching from a traditional western-style low-fat breakfast, like oatmeal, toast and fruit, to a low-carb meal higher in protein and fat, like eggs… [...]

In the first-ever 'before and after' assessment of the impact of establishing Mexico's Revillagigedo National Park on the fishing industry, a team of US and Mexican researchers found that Mexico's industrial fishing sector did not incur economic losses five years after the park's creation despite a full ban in fishing… [...]

The ground beneath Antarctica's most vulnerable glacier has now been mapped, helping scientists to better understand how it is being affected by climate change. Analysis of the geology below the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica shows there is less sedimentary rock than expected -- a finding that could affect how… [...]

Chemical and environmental engineering scientists have identified two species of bacteria found in soil that break down a class of stubborn 'forever chemicals'-- per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that have contaminated groundwater below industrial and military sites throughout the nation. The discovery gives hope for low-cost biological cleanup of… [...]

Municipal climate action plans often identify equity and justice as goals, but engagement with these concepts is mostly rhetorical. A new study details how planners can bridge the gap and challenge the current state of climate change and social inequity. [...]

Scientists show that a thin layer of plasma, created by ionizing air, could be promising as an active sound absorber, with applications in noise control and room acoustics. [...]

Influenza epidemics, caused by influenza A or B viruses, result in acute respiratory infection. They kill half a million people worldwide every year. These viruses can also wreak havoc on animals, as in the case of avian flu. A team has now identified how the influenza A virus manages to… [...]

Even without nerves, plants can sense when something touches them and when it lets go, a study has found. In a set of experiments, individual plant cells responded to the touch of a very fine glass rod by sending slow waves of calcium signals to other plant cells, and when that… [...]

Some foods and medicines, such as many COVID-19 vaccines, must be kept cold. As a step toward a robust, stable technique that could indicate when these products exceed safe limits, researchers report a class of brilliantly colored microcrystals in materials that become colorless over a wide range of temperatures and… [...]

Consuming nutritious food can improve metabolic health and delay aging. But what are the appropriate quantities of dietary macronutrients that can help achieve this? To answer this, researchers fed isocaloric diets with varying amounts of protein to young and middle-aged male mice. They found that the mice were metabolically healthier… [...]

A team of researchers has been developing accessible and creative means of communicating sustainability research from the social sciences for policymakers and the wider public. Using fairy tale characters -- mermaids, vampires, and witches -- as metaphors, the team has sought to communicate typically complicated arguments in evocative and engaging… [...]

Starting in the 1990s, Island Fox populations began to dwindle due to an outbreak of canine distemper and an increase in attacks by golden eagles. Some islands saw their population drop to as low as 15 individuals, but conservation efforts by the Federal government restored numbers by 2017. A new… [...]

Scientists found the virus strains that arrived in 2021 soon acquired genes from viruses in wild birds in North America. The resulting reassortant viruses have spread across the continent and caused more severe disease. [...]

Engineers have developed ultraflexible implantable nanoelectrodes that can administer long-term, fine-grained brain stimulation. [...]

Scientists have spent years trying to develop an effective HIV vaccine, but none have proven successful. Based on findings from a recently published study, a research team may have put science one step closer to that goal. [...]

Researchers shows how information about the quantity of absorbed light passes from the leaves to the roots. Photosynthetic sucrose not only supplies roots with carbohydrates but also acts as a signal transmitter for light-dependent root architecture. [...]

A group of world leading health and scientific experts are calling on the aviation industry to take action to protect passengers and aircrew from dangerous cabin fumes which they say have led to a new emerging disease. Led by former pilot and aviation health researcher, the specialists have released the… [...]

While it can take years for the pharmaceutical industry to create medicines capable of treating or curing human disease, a new study suggests that using generative artificial intelligence could vastly accelerate the drug-development process. [...]

A graduate student is spearheading an extraordinary scientific endeavor -- a groundbreaking mission to uncover periodic signals emanating from the core of the Milky Way called the Breakthrough Listen Investigation for Periodic Spectral Signals (BLIPSS). Such repetitive patterns could be the key to unlocking the mysteries of extraterrestrial intelligence in… [...]

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Qué tiene que decir la ciencia sobre el Apocalipsis

Amenazas como la guerra nuclear o el cambio climático pueden provocar un sufrimiento extremo a la humanidad, pero es improbable que causen su extinción [...]

El ídolo de Pachacámac, un caso excepcional de pintura policromática

Una investigación descubre que la estatua prehispánica andina de más de dos metros preserva trazos amarillos, blancos y rojos [...]

Cómo cohabitan la vida salvaje y el ser humano en el lugar más frío de Grecia

La Comisión Europea financia con más de 5,7 millones de euros un plan para proteger la fauna silvestre [...]

Andar rápido modifica el ADN y reduce el riesgo cardiovascular

Investigadores del Hospital del Mar de Barcelona hallan que el ejercicio físico moderado está relacionado con cambios en la estructura de un gen que participa en la regulación de los triglicéridos [...]

Hallado un material más antiguo que la Tierra dentro de un meteorito

Un equipo de científicos analiza el compuesto más viejo que se haya detectado. Tiene hasta 7.000 millones de años y se formó antes que existiesen el Sol y los planetas del sistema solar [...]

Cómo se hace un biobot

Los autores de las primeras “máquinas vivientes” creen que tendrán aplicaciones en la medicina y en el cuidado del medio ambiente [...]

“Muy pocos políticos se interesan de forma auténtica por la ciencia”

El académico uruguayo defiende la investigación como única manera de garantizar "una política basada en la evidencia" para afrontar desafíos como el envejecimiento de la población o el cambio climático [...]

Geografía de la muerte

Las desigualdades regionales en salud pública deben marcar el norte para los políticos [...]

Un coágulo en la yugular de un astronauta obliga a la NASA a improvisar una cura en órbita

El primer trombo detectado en el espacio, para el que no se contaba con el tratamiento adecuado, reabre el debate sobre los riesgos físicos de los futuros viajes espaciales [...]

Minerales con leyendas de deseos, amor y muerte

La Universidad de Sevilla recopila historias asociadas a piedras convertidas en símbolos para acercar la geología al público general [...]

Ciencia, las dudas de un ministerio amputado

El nuevo mandato del astronauta Pedro Duque como ministro de Ciencia arranca con la hostilidad de la comunidad científica y el reconocimiento de alguno de sus logros [...]

Gusanos, microbios y desechos que resucitan suelos

Una investigación aplica en Aznalcóllar una forma de activar la tierra contaminada por metales pesados para que se regenere a partir de lombrices, microorganismos y residuos [...]

La banquera que salva vidas

María Ángeles Muñoz ha pasado de ver morir niños con sida a construir cerebros en miniatura con células madre. Así se trabaja en la red española de biobancos [...]

Las mejores imágenes científicas del año

El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) y Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología han elegido siete fotografías que reflejan fenómenos que nos rodean para acercar la ciencia a la sociedad. [...]

“Bueno, ya no piso ningún bicho”

Un experimento con abejorros plantea la cuestión de la consciencia de los insectos [...]

Una tinta de oro y azúcar fundamental para tratar el cáncer

Científicos de la Universidad de Sevilla y Nottingham desarrollan una fórmula para impresoras 3D que abre la puerta al diagnóstico y tratamiento de tumores [...]

El espacio, parque de atracciones de los milmillonarios

Los ultrarricos impulsan la carrera espacial a través de empresas con programas espaciales propios y como turistas que ven estos viajes como el último producto exclusivo [...]

Cuando el enfermo paga la investigación de su dolencia

Las asociaciones de pacientes de patologías raras subvencionan los estudios científicos, ofrecen apoyo y muestran su lucha a la sociedad y a los políticos [...]

¿La actividad física puede regenerar neuronas?

Con independencia de que se produzca o no neurogénesis, el ejercicio puede mejorar el cerebro [...]

Los satélites que vigilan el mar

El CSIC presenta ante la Comisión Europea un programa para el control y el seguimiento del litoral a partir de las revolucionarias imágenes de los 'Sentinel' [...]

Ingenieros de hace 1,8 millones de años

Un estudio demuestra que los homínidos de la Garganta de Olduvai (Tanzania) fabricaban herramientas de piedra específicas en función de su uso, dureza, capacidad y vida útil [...]

¿Es seguro que existe la materia oscura?

La prueba más clara llegó con los estudios de la astrofísica estadounidense Vera Rubin sobre los movimientos de las galaxias espirales [...]

El viaje de una fruta diminuta nacida en los Andes que conquistó el mundo

Un equipo científico reconstruye la evolución del tomate, desde que tenía el tamaño de un arándano, cómo alcanzó el tamaño de un cherry, volvió a encoger y acabó domesticado en México [...]

Historia profunda del tomate

La agricultura empezó en el neolítico, pero se basó en materias primas muy anteriores [...]

El cambio climático avivará los incendios en la selva amazónica

La interacción entre deforestación y calentamiento doblará el área quemada para 2050 [...]

Las 10 especies de pájaros recién descubiertas que desaparecerán en 20 años

Un grupo de investigadores halla nuevas familias de aves en tres islas poco exploradas de Indonesia, pero su supervivencia está amenazada por la destrucción forestal [...]

Primer avance en décadas en un problema aparentemente imposible

El matemático Terence Tao obtiene un nuevo resultado significativo sobre la conjetura de Collatz, uno de los problemas matemáticos más fáciles de enunciar y difíciles de resolver [...]

La mala calidad del sueño despierta al alzhéimer

Dos estudios sugieren un vínculo entre el insomnio y el aumento del riesgo de desarrollar esta demencia [...]

Cae la confianza de los españoles en la innovación, sobre todo en los colectivos vulnerables

La encuesta sobre la percepción social de la innovación de Cotec revela que el número de personas sin estudios que temen el cambio digital ha aumentado un 32% en dos años [...]

De Hércules de feria a ganador del Nobel

Una gran exposición en Zaragoza recuerda la asombrosa vida de Santiago Ramón y Cajal [...]

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