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Climate change is going to reshuffle ocean animals

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Marine species are relocating, generally toward the poles, to find water temperatures that suit them, scientists say. By the end of the century, they predict warmer oceans will result in significant global redistribution of...

How an ‘atlas’ of living organs could save lives

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After an accident, a patient was rushed into surgery and, from there, into the intensive care unit, where he was recovering. But, days later, one by one, his organs failed. The patient didn’t survive....

How to purify mining water in hours, not years

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Cleaning up the water left over from mining operations can literally take generations—25 to 50 years on average—leaving billions of gallons of the precious resource locked up and useless. Now, researchers have figured out how...

Scientists prove they can edit mosquito genes

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Researchers have used a gene-editing system to disrupt the blue fluorescent eye color gene in mosquitoes. The insects originally expressed both fluorescent blue and red color genes in their eyes. The new trait was stably...

How birds spread deadly diseases without getting sick

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Birds carry a fungus that can be fatal in people, yet the birds don’t get sick. Now researchers think they know why. Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that causes deadly infections in people with a weakened...

Can years of discrimination mess up stress hormones?

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Feelings of discrimination can change how our bodies control levels of the stress hormone cortisol. That’s true for both whites and blacks, but new research suggests African Americans are especially vulnerable, particularly teenagers. Data collected during a 20-year...

Cow virus more common in breast cancer patients

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A new study is the first to link infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study, published in PLOS ONE, researchers analyzed breast tissue from 239 women for the presence...

No aliens? Astronomer says that’s so pessimistic

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Well, scientists don’t like to use the term “aliens,” but that is a decent summary. In SETI—the search for extraterrestrial intelligence—one normally thinks about the actual problem of communication. And so you want to...

Predator or prey? The eyes have it

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House cats have pupils that are vertical slits, but bigger cats, like tigers and lions, don’t. A new analysis of 214 species of land animals, both prey and predators, offers an explanation for the difference. Species...

Weird radio bursts are from 3 billion light-years away

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Researchers have uncovered the source of mysterious cosmic radio waves known as “fast radio bursts.” The bursts were first seen about 10 years ago, and scientists suspected they were coming from within the Milky...
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