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  • Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring, food inspection and night vision
    Posted on February 16, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Scientists have developed dozens of new graphene-based prototypes. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices. […]

  • Tidal tails: The beginning of the end of an open star cluster
    Posted on February 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    In the course of their life, open star clusters continuously lose stars to their surroundings. The resulting swath of tidal tails provides a glimpse into the evolution and dissolution of a star cluster. Thus far only tidal tails of massive globular […]

  • A nearby river of stars
    Posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Astronomers have found a river of stars, a stellar stream in astronomical parlance, covering most of the southern sky. The stream is relatively nearby and contains at least 4000 stars that have been moving together in space since they formed, about […]

  • Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet
    Posted on February 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Geophysicists used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. Their statistical model didn't allow for precise height measurements, but these […]

  • Ultra-lightweight ceramic material withstands extreme temperatures
    Posted on February 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Researchers have created an extremely light, very durable ceramic aerogel. The material could be used for applications like insulating spacecraft because it can withstand the intense heat and severe temperature changes that space missions endure. […]

  • Gravitational waves will settle cosmic conundrum
    Posted on February 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Measurements of gravitational waves from approximately 50 binary neutron stars over the next decade will definitively resolve an intense debate about how quickly our universe is expanding, according to new findings. […]

  • New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging
    Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in […]

  • Orangutans make complex economic decisions about tool use
    Posted on February 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists found out that the apes carefully weighed their options. To do so the apes […]

  • NASA's Opportunity rover mission on Mars comes to end
    Posted on February 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet. […]

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