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New evidence suggests a gigantic tsunami hit the California coast 900 years ago, removing three to five times more sand than any El Niño storm in history. The researchers also estimate how far inland the coast eroded. “We found a...
Researchers have found a new recipe for providing evidence that a distant planet harbors life, one that might be more promising than just looking for oxygen. “…our suggestion is doable, and may lead to the historic discovery of an extraterrestrial...
Connexin26 (Cx26) is a key molecule that reacts to CO2 in our bodies and activates breathing, reports Professor Nicholas Dale at the University of Warwick’s School of Life Sciences. “Important molecules with universal physiological functions are shaped by evolution,” says...
With their special microscopes, experimental physicists can already observe single molecules. However, unlike conventional light microscopes, the raw image data from some ultra-high resolution instruments first have to be processed for an image to appear. For the ultra-high resolution...
Scientists have discovered that the desert’s biocrust plays a previously unknown role in regulating the arid climate. This “living skin of the desert” goes by different names. You may have seen signs in parks and protected areas advising you not...
A new study suggests that two sets of dynamics initiate and perpetuate the kinds of leaps of faith firefighters and others in high-risk occupations routinely take: supporting and sustaining. The findings convey what goes into a person’s ability to make critical...
Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago. Genetic research indicates people migrated from Africa into Eurasia between 55,000 and 70,000 years ago. Previous studies have suggested the climate must...
Lyon/ Leipzig. The oceans seem to produce significantly more isoprene, and consequently affect stronger the climate than previously thought. This emerges from a study by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1)...
Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel have used resonators made from single-crystalline diamonds to develop a novel device in which a quantum system is integrated into a mechanical oscillating system. For the first time,...
Bats have long captured the imaginations of scientists and engineers with their unrivaled agility and maneuvering characteristics, achieved by functionally versatile dynamic wing conformations as well as more than forty active and passive joints on the wings. However, their...