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  • 'Catastrophic' breeding failure at one of world's largest emperor penguin colonies
    Posted on April 25, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Researchers studying hi-res satellite imagery have discovered that emperor penguins at the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea have failed to raise chicks for the last three years. […]

  • Modern analysis of ancient hearths reveals Neanderthal settlement patterns
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Ancient fire remains provide evidence of Neanderthal group mobility and settlement patterns and indicate specific occupation episodes, according to a new study. […]

  • No assembly required: Researchers automate microrobotic designs
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Researchers have developed an automated approach that significantly cuts down on, and expands, the types of microrobots they can manufacture. […]

  • Cleaner, cheaper ammonia: Cheaper fertilizer
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Ammonia -- a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer -- can be made by a new process which is far cleaner, easier and cheaper than the current leading method. Researchers use readily available lab equipment, recyclable chemicals and a […]

  • Veritable powerhouses -- even without DNA
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    The cells of most life forms contain mitochondria for energy production. They normally have their own genetic material, in addition to that found in the nucleus. Biologists have now identified the first-ever exception to this rule in a single-celled […]

  • Global warming hits sea creatures hardest
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique study found. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may significantly impact human communities that rely on fish […]

  • Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract -- an anatomically detailed computer simulation including the lips, jaw, […]

  • Major deep carbon sink linked to microbes found near volcano chains
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, according to a new study. […]

  • Elemental old-timer makes the universe look like a toddler
    Posted on April 24, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Physicists have now discovered the longest half-life ever measured in xenon 124. The element's half-life is many orders of magnitude greater than the current age of the universe. […]

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