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Phys.org / What's Mars solar conjunction, and why does it matter?

The daily chatter between antennas here on Earth and those on NASA spacecraft at Mars is about to get much quieter for a few weeks.

Aug 24, 2019 in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / A novel technology for genome-editing a broad range of mutations in live organisms

The ability to edit genes in living organisms offers the opportunity to treat a plethora of inherited diseases. However, many types of gene-editing tools are unable to target critical areas of DNA, and creating such a technology ...

Aug 24, 2019 in Biology
Phys.org / Migrating mule deer don't need directions: study

How do big-game animals know where to migrate across hundreds of miles of vast Wyoming landscapes year after year?

Aug 24, 2019 in Biology
Phys.org / The Amazon is on fire: Here are 5 things you need to know

Record fires are raging in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, with more than 2,500 fires currently burning. They are collectively emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away.

Aug 23, 2019 in Earth
Phys.org / '100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

A 100-year flood is supposed to be just that: a flood that occurs once every 100 years, or a flood that has a one-percent chance of happening every year.

Aug 23, 2019 in Earth
Phys.org / Complex quantum teleportation achieved for the first time

Austrian and Chinese scientists have succeeded in teleporting three-dimensional quantum states for the first time. High-dimensional teleportation could play an important role in future quantum computers.

Aug 23, 2019 in Physics
Phys.org / Habitable type planets found around nearby small mass star

A team of researchers from several European countries and one from Chile has found evidence of three possibly habitable exoplanets circling the star GJ1061. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, and soon to ...

Aug 23, 2019 in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / After using tools, crows behave more optimistically, study suggests

It's no secret crows are smart. They're notorious for frustrating attempts to keep them from tearing into garbage cans; more telling, however, is that they are one of the few animals known to make tools.

Aug 23, 2019 in Biology
Phys.org / Laser-produced uranium plasma evolves into more complex species

When energy is added to uranium under pressure, it creates a shock wave, and even a tiny sample will be vaporized like a small explosion. By using smaller, controlled explosions, physicists can test on a microscale in a safe ...

Aug 23, 2019 in Physics
Phys.org / Evidence found of low slip earthquakes impeding progression of large destructive quakes

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has found evidence of slow slip earthquakes impeding the progression of large destructive quakes. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group ...

Aug 23, 2019 in Earth
Phys.org / Researchers observe spontaneous occurrence of skyrmions in atomically thin cobalt films

Since their experimental discovery, magnetic skyrmions—tiny magnetic knots—have moved into the focus of research. Scientists from Hamburg and Kiel have now been able to show that individual magnetic skyrmions with a diameter ...

Aug 23, 2019 in Physics
Phys.org / Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on Friday.

Aug 23, 2019 in Biology