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Peers, more than teachers, motivate us to learn

“Why do I have to learn this?” is a common question among young adults. New research suggests an answer from their peers has more weight than one from …

Mosquito ‘nose’ contains sensors for finding us

The mosquitoes that spread malaria have a secondary set of odor sensors in their “nose” that seem specifically tuned to detect humans. A female …

Is it time to restore Pluto’s status as a planet?

No matter what anyone says, Pluto is a planet, according to Kirby Runyon. Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, is, too. So are the Earth’s moon and …

Did local weather give your nose its shape?

Researchers have found evidence for natural selection’s role in the evolution of nose shape in people. They say the shape of someone’s nose and that of …

Food web shows winners and losers 7 years after Deepwater

A new food web highlights which birds, fish, insects, and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 should receive top priority for …

SN2015bh: the end of a star or an “impostor” supernova?

14/03/2017 Massive stars end their lives in supernova explosions, highly energetic events that can be as luminous as the entire starlight from their host …

How this itchy photo can make you scratch

Some actions, like yawning and scratching, can spread from one person to another. New research finds that socially contagious itching is hardwired in the …

Fish retinas heal themselves. Could ours, too?

If you were a fish and your retina was damaged, it could repair itself and your vision would be back in a few weeks. Unfortunately, humans don’t have the …

Ancient Stardust Sheds Light on the First Stars

Astronomers have used ALMA to detect a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the Universe was only four percent of its present age. This galaxy …

Asteroids bombard Earth in a totally random way

Asteroids may not hit our planet at regular intervals after all. Scientists have reached this conclusion after analyzing impact craters formed in the last 500 …

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