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  • Exoplanet stepping stones
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    New observations of a young gas giant demonstrate the power of a ground-based method for searching for signatures of life. […]

  • To predict the future, the brain uses two clocks
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    One type of anticipatory timing relies on memories from past experiences. The other on rhythm. Both are critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world, and scientists have found they are handled in two different parts of the brain. […]

  • The taming of the dog, cow, horse, pig and rabbit
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Research into one of the 'genetic orchestra conductors', microRNAs, sheds light on our selectively guided evolution of domestic pets and farmyard animals such as dogs and cows. […]

  • Could yesterday's Earth contain clues for making tomorrow's medicines?
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Researchers described initial steps toward achieving chemistries that encode information in a variety of conditions that might mimic the environment of prehistoric Earth. […]

  • Mars moon got its grooves from rolling stones
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Computer models shine a light on the origin of the Mars moon Phobos' distinctive grooves. […]

  • Is Antarctica becoming more like Greenland?
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Antarctica is high and dry and mostly bitterly cold, and it's easy to think of its ice and snow as locked away in a freezer, protected from melt except around its low-lying coasts and floating ice shelves. But that view may be wrong. […]

  • How to melt gold at room temperature
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    When the tension rises, unexpected things can happen -- not least when it comes to gold atoms. Researchers have now managed, for the first time, to make the surface of a gold object melt at room temperature. […]

  • Dogs know when they don't know
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Researchers have shown that dogs possess some 'metacognitive' abilities -- specifically, they are aware of when they do not have enough information to solve a problem and will actively seek more information. The researchers created a test in which […]

  • How female hyaenas came to dominate males
    Posted on November 20, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    In most animal societies, members of one sex dominate those of the other. Is this, as widely believed, an inevitable consequence of a disparity in strength and ferocity between males and females? Not necessarily. A new study on wild spotted hyaenas […]

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