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Phys.org / Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary's 'virgin' birth

A female stickleback fish, nick-named 'Mary', has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilised while they were still inside her, according to scientists at the University of Nottingham.

1 hour ago in Biology
Phys.org / Researchers peer inside the mind of the worm for clues on how memories form

Try as you might, some events cannot be remembered. Known in psychology as memory blocking, the phenomenon has remained elusive since first described more than half a century ago. Now Donnelly Centre researchers have found ...

1 hour ago in Biology
Phys.org / Samsung bends over backwards to rev smartphone desire

Samsung on Wednesday is expected to unveil new flagship smartphones including one with a screen that can fold closed like a book as it seeks to boost the moribund market.

2 hours ago in Technology
Phys.org / Darwin's finches don't tell the whole story of avian evolution

The connection between bird diet and skull shape is surprisingly weak for most species according to a new study led by UCL and the Natural History Museum, rewriting our understanding of how ecosystems influence evolution.

11 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / New imaging technology captures movement of quantum particles with unprecedented resolution

Excitons—electrically neutral quasiparticles—have extraordinary properties. They exist only in semiconducting and insulating materials and can be easily accessed in two-dimensional (2D) materials just a few atoms thick, ...

18 hours ago in Physics
Phys.org / Physicists explain fireballs erupting from grapes in microwave oven

A trio of researchers with McMaster, Concordia and Trent Universities has solved the mystery of why pairs of grapes ignite into fireballs when cooked together in a microwave oven. In their paper published in Proceedings of ...

21 hours ago in Physics
Phys.org / New machine learning technique rapidly analyzes nanomedicines for cancer immunotherapy

Spherical nucleic acids are a class of personalized medicines for treating cancer and other diseasesSNAs are challenging to optimize because their structures can vary in many waysNorthwestern University team developed a library ...

14 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Isotopes found in bones suggest Neanderthals were fresh meat eaters

An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests at least some Neanderthals were mainly fresh meat eaters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes ...

20 hours ago in Other Sciences
Phys.org / LOFAR radio telescope reveals secrets of solar storms

An international team of scientists led by a researcher from Trinity College Dublin and University of Helsinki announced a major discovery on the very nature of solar storms in the journal Nature Astronomy.

22 hours ago in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Confirming a source of the process behind auroras and the formation of stars

Fast magnetic reconnection, the rapid convergence, separation and explosive snapping together of magnetic field lines, gives rise to northern lights, solar flares and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt cell phone service ...

19 hours ago in Physics
Phys.org / Want to learn about dinosaurs? Pick up some Louisiana roadkill

Fossil-hunting can be grueling, but it's usually not gross. Paleontologists typically work with things that have been dead for millions of years, mineralized into rock and no longer smelly. At the end of a day in the field, ...

11 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / A polariton filter turns ordinary laser light into quantum light

An international team of researchers led out of Macquarie University has demonstrated a new approach for converting ordinary laser light into genuine quantum light.

23 hours ago in Physics