Category: Other Science News

Weird rodent glows under UV light with disco swirls of pink and orange

In the scientific world right now, it’s mammals’ time to shine — literally.  Researchers are building a growing (and glowing) list of fluorescent mammals, and a new addition, an endearing jumping rodent called the springhare, just leaped into the spotlight, its brown fur lighting up in swirling disco patterns of pink and orange under ultraviolet (UV) […]

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From Russia With Questions: Distinctive Striping Pattern in Siberia Puzzles Researchers

September 15, 2016 Researchers are puzzling over a distinctive striping pattern in the Central Siberian Plateau. Earth science satellites are generally used to observe certain features of the planet—landforms, atmospheric chemistry, ocean patterns. But at the same time, they periodically show us things that few people have seen or even looked for. In February 2020, […]

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Extremists struggle with certain kinds of brain processing, research shows

Scientists have found the psychological signature of people who are likely to hold dogmatic or extremist views.  It makes sense, the researchers said, as people who are dogmatic tend to be impulsive but also slow to process perceptual information. Extremists — regardless of whether they are right-wing or left-wing — also tend to struggle with […]

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Woman contracts COVID-19 from lung transplant in a first

A lifesaving operation turned tragic when a Michigan woman contracted COVID-19 from her double lung transplant last year and died soon after. The case marks the first time that doctors have confirmed COVID-19 transmission through an organ transplant, according to a report of the case, published Feb. 10 in the American Journal of Transplantation. A […]

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More Than 87,000 Scientific Papers Published on Coronavirus Since Start of COVID Pandemic

Scientists from around the world have published more than 87,000 papers about coronavirus between the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and October 2020, a new analysis shows. Even given the importance of the pandemic, researchers were surprised by the huge number of studies and other papers that scientists produced on the subject in such a […]

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40 beached whales ‘refloated’ in New Zealand

Hundreds of people in New Zealand worked together to successfully “refloat” 40 long-finned pilot whales that stranded on a remote beach, meaning they returned the animals to open water, The Associated Press (AP) reported. The whales did not swim out into the deeper ocean, however, so some conservationists are worried that the animals may beach […]

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Rare Roman-era phallus carving found in UK

Archaeologists in the United Kingdom have unearthed a stone carving of a giant phallus, which might have served a good luck charm at the time it was chiseled 2,000 years ago.  The Roman-era millstone — a stone used for grinding grains, such as wheat — was broken when an excavation team initially discovered it and […]

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Decoded Neurofeedback: Nonconscious Brain Modulation To Remove Fears & Increase Confidence

Researchers release large dataset on machine learning-based brain training. In recent years, researchers have discovered ways to remove specific fears from the brain, increase one’s own confidence, or even change people’s preferences, by using a combination of artificial intelligence and brain scanning technology. Their technique could lead to new treatments for patients with conditions such […]

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Raising the flag on Iwo Jima: Here’s the story behind that iconic World War II photo

On Feb. 23, 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima (Feb. 19 to March 26), six Marines planted the U.S. flag at the summit of Mount Suribachi. The scene was photographed by journalist Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press and his image soon became famous around the world. What many people do not know is […]

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Lengthy clinical trials to test vaccines modified for variants won’t be necessary, FDA says

If the novel coronavirus mutates such that current COVID-19 vaccines are no longer effective at fighting the virus, researchers will have to modify the vaccines.  But new guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicate that long, extensive clinical trials may not be necessary to test the modified vaccines. Rather, the modified vaccines […]

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