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Dialog / Bees learn better when they can explore—and humans might, too

Understanding how humans learn is one key to improving teaching practices and advancing education. Does everybody learn in the same way, or do different people need different teaching styles?

Jan 30, 2020 in Other Sciences
Dialog / How we found a special mathematical equation hidden in rat whiskers

Rats have up to 70 whiskers on their faces, varying hugely in size and shape. Almost every mammal possesses whiskers, but these rodents are what we call "whisker specialists," meaning they have super-sensitive, movable hairs ...

Jan 28, 2020 in Other Sciences
Dialog / Chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer: Disrupting cellular metabolism offers potential treatment

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most formidable human malignancies.

Jan 24, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Even planets have their (size) limits

Scientists have discovered over 4,000 exoplanets outside of our Solar System, according to NASA's Exoplanet Archive.

Jan 22, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / Native people did not use fire to shape New England's landscape

An interpretive sign stands at the edge of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, a 1,500-acre state conservation property in central Massachusetts. It explains the site's open land vegetation has been shaped by "millennia ...

Jan 21, 2020 in Earth
Dialog / Lithium extraction from seawater by nanostructured membranes

Researchers predict that the supply of the energy-critical element lithium will soon be less than its continuously increasing demand, which will make lithium a strategically influential element. The amount of Li+ in seawater ...

Jan 20, 2020 in Chemistry
Dialog / How chaperones promote correct shapes of proteins even under denaturing stress conditions

Proteins are macromolecules synthesized under the control of DNA and perform almost all functions in our cells. However, they must fold into their unique three-dimensional structures to fulfill their biological activities. ...

Jan 20, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / We found the genes that allowed plants to colonize land 500 million years ago

The world 500 million years ago looked very different to today. The land was bare, with only bacteria, fungi and algae able to survive on it. Everything else lived in the ocean, but once plants moved onto land, they changed ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / Aging: How our 'epigenetic clocks' slow down as we get older

From the tap dancing 90-year-old to the 40-year-old who struggles to run a mile, we all know people who seem surprisingly young or old for their age. Scientists believe that it may be possible to distinguish between two types ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / How we spotted a potential new planet around the sun's neighboring star

Most exoplanets—bodies orbiting stars other than the sun—are too far away for us to be able to send probes to. So it's no wonder that the discovery of a possible habitable planet around the sun's nearest neighbor star, ...

Jan 16, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / Fat accumulation in the liver can affect the heart in otherwise healthy adults

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) often develops silently without any symptoms. It is usually detected incidentally on a routine abdominal exam like ultrasounds or similar tests administered for unrelated reasons. ...

Jan 15, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / A new recycling technique breaks down old tires into reusable materials

Approximately three billion automobile tires were produced worldwide in 2019 alone. Automobile tires are the classic example of a high-volume product derived from non-renewable petroleum resources that is designed for single ...

Jan 14, 2020 in Chemistry