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Male brown widow spiders fancy older females—even though they’re likely to get eaten
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Scientists can’t explain the curious behavior www.sciencemag.org/news/201...
Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies
There has been enormous debate regarding the possibility of a link between childhood vaccinations and the subsequent development of autism. This has i… www.sciencedirect.com/scien...
Unprecedented wave of large-mammal extinctions linked to ancient humans
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Nebraska's Kate Lyons has co-authored a new study suggesting that ancient humans began hunting large mammal species to extinction at least 90,000 years earlier than once thought. news.unl.edu/newsrooms/toda...
Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan research shows most fatalities occurred outside flood zones
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A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit southeast Texas on 25 August 2017 causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Rice University in Texas published their results today in the European Geoscie... www.egu.eu/news/401/hurrica...
Genes found for deadly heart condition
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Genes are found that cause a heart disease that kills 50% of victims within five years. www.bbc.com/news/health-437...
Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond
If you manage to deform a diamond, it usually means you have broken it. Diamonds have very high hardness, but they do not deform elastically. This limits their usefulness for some applications. However, Banerjee et al. discovered that diamond nanoneedles can deform elastically after all (see the Perspective by LLorca). The key was in their small size (300 nm), which allowed for very smooth-surfaced, defect-free diamonds. The deformation was close to the theoretical limit for diamond, which op... science.sciencemag.org/cont...
Diamonds can be bent and stretched with this new method
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Diamond is the strongest natural material, but it is also brittle, which limits its applications. A team of scientists found a way to make diamonds flexibl... www.sciencebriefss.com/tech...
Tiny microenvironments in the ocean hold clues to global nitrogen cycle
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A new Rochester study shows that nitrogen-feeding organisms exist all over the deep ocean, and not just in large oxygen-depleted "dead zones." www.rochester.edu/newscente...
Slick solution for oil spills set to clean up – News
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Polluted beaches, oily water, dead birds and marine life destruction caused by crude oil spills could be a thing of the past with pioneering new research … news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2...
Ocean Magnetism: ESA Mapped Earth’s Second Magnetic Field In Unprecedented Detail
The magnetism generated from oceans is very weak, but ESA's trio of satellites, dubbed Swarm, mapped it in unprecedented detail. www.ibtimes.com/ocean-magne...