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Magnetic Fields Detected in Venus Flytraps
When the vegetal “jaws” of the carnivorous Venus flytrap plant snap shut, they produce a small magnetic field, according to new research published last month in the journal Scientific Reports. This discovery is one of very few magnetic fields ever detected in plants, reports Yasemin Saplakoglu for Live Science. Researchers in...
A new single photon source with record-breaking performance has been developed
Physicists from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, have developed a new type of single photon source that can produce billions of these quantum particles in one second. With a record-breaking performance to date, this source is becoming a new and powerful "standard block" for a range of quant...
Native American facial features gene found
RIA Novosti. A large-scale genomic study conducted in Latin America has revealed for the first time the genes that affect facial features. In particular, scientists have discovered that the gene that determines the shape of the lips in the native inhabitants of the American continent is very ancient and got them from the Denisovans. The study was b...
Injecting Sticky Nanoparticles with Drugs May Reduce Skin Cancer
Researchers at Yale University have shown how skin cancer can one day be cured with a simple injection. A team of scientists has discovered that they can shrink tumors by injecting them with adhesive nanoparticles containing chemotherapy drugs. Located on the outside of the body, skin cancer is ideal for less invasive treatments. Recent studies hav...
Paleontologists have found a well-preserved skull of a duck-billed dinosaur
The well-preserved skull of Parasaurolophus cyrtocristatus, a species of duck-billed dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, has finally revealed the structure of its bizarre ornamental crest after decades of controversy. Parasaurolophus (Parasaurolophus or parasaurolophus) is a genus of herbivorous ornithopod dinosaur that is characteriz...
Syria floods: Humanitarians working ‘round the clock’ to provide urgent relief
Humanitarian staff have been working “round the clock” to reopen access roads and provide emergency relief from the disastrous impact that recent floods have unleased on displaced people living in camps in northwest Syria, the UN’s deputy humanitarian coordinator there said on Friday. Providing shelter, food, clean water and other relief suppl...
Turning food waste back into food
There’s a better end for used food than taking up space in landfills and contributing to global warming.  ​UC Riverside scientists have discovered fermented food waste can boost bacteria that increase crop growth, making plants more resistant to pathogens and reducing carbon emissions from farming. “Beneficial microbes increased ...
The island of stability of heavy elements has not yet been reached
Theories about the possible existence of superheavy elements appeared in the 1960s. Their longest-lived cores may give rise to a so-called "island of stability" far beyond Uranus. However, a new study by nuclear physicists at Lund University shows that the 50-year-old manifesto of nuclear physics must now be revised. The heaviest element ...