Day: June 21, 2017

‘It’s like a snake on the outside, but a fish on the inside’ — ScienceDaily

The fossil of an early snake-like animal — called Lethiscus stocki — has kept its evolutionary secrets for the last 340-million years. Now, an international team of researchers, led by the University of Calgary, has revealed new insights into the ancient Scottish fossil that dramatically challenge our understanding of the early evolution of tetrapods, or […]

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Massive dead disk galaxy challenges theories of galaxy evolution — ScienceDaily

By combining the power of a “natural lens” in space with the capability of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery — the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang. Finding such a galaxy early in the […]

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Plant inspiration could lead to flexible electronics — ScienceDaily

A plant stem inspired researchers to develop a new, versatile aerogel for possible use in bendable devices. Credit: American Chemical Society A plant stem inspired researchers to develop a new, versatile aerogel for possible use in bendable devices. Credit: American Chemical Society Close Versatile, light-weight materials that are both strong and resilient are crucial for […]

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Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds — ScienceDaily

Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University […]

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How phytoplankton rule the oceans — ScienceDaily

Photosynthesis is a unique biological process that has permitted the colonization of land and sea by plants and phytoplankton respectively. While the mechanisms of photosynthesis in plants are well understood, scientists are only now beginning to elucidate how the process developed in phytoplankton. In collaboration with scientists from several countries, researchers from the Cell and […]

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Memory for stimulus sequences distinguishes humans from other animals — ScienceDaily

Humans possess many cognitive abilities not seen in other animals, such as a full-blown language capacity as well as reasoning and planning abilities. Despite these differences, however, it has been difficult to identify specific mental capacities that distinguish humans from other animals. Researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Stockholm University have […]

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