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When scientists focused the full intensity of the world’s most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, they got a surprise: A single laser pulse stripped all but a few electrons out of the molecule’s biggest atom from the...
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 their parents was formed by a long process of adaptation to our local climate. “We are...
Diet, not social life, may be the driver of brain size evolution, a new study suggests. The findings call into question “the social brain hypothesis,” which argues that humans and other primates are big-brained because of their sociality. The findings, which...
Even though the English language hasn’t been subject to regulation or governing over the centuries, it has organized itself, say researchers. A study on the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more...
A giant gas planet—up to fifty times the mass of Jupiter, encircled by a ring of dust—is likely hurtling around a star more than a thousand light years away from Earth. Scientists identify that a large object regularly blocks the light...
The mosquitoes that spread malaria have a secondary set of odor sensors in their “nose” that seem specifically tuned to detect humans. A female mosquito follows whiffs of carbon dioxide exhaled by animals to locate potential prey. As she closes in...
Humans have created more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, a new study suggests. The study provides the first global analysis of the production, use, and fate of...
Try standing on one leg for any length of time and most of us would at least wobble. New research shows how flamingos bear all that weight for seemingly endless periods of time. “Anytime I go to the zoo, I...
ESO’s VLT spots brand-new type of star formation Observations using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming within powerful outflows of material blasted out from supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. These are the first confirmed observations...
Male jumping spiders will try to court whomever, whenever, wherever, but choosing the wrong female can be deadly. For a new study, researchers documented the courting techniques of jumping spiders and discovered that male spiders spend a lot of time...