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Beluga Whales Value Culture and Family Ties: Study

In a groundbreaking genetic kinship study, a research team led by the Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is the first to reveal that just like human societies, beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) appear to value culture and their ancestral ...

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Hoard of Bronze Coins from ‘Great Revolt’ Unearthed in Jerusalem

A cache of rare coins from the period of the Jews’ Great Revolt against the Romans has been discovered at the Ophel archaeological site near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel. The 1.5-cm (0.6 inch) bronze coins are well preserved, ...

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New Research Changes Understanding of Virus Origins and Evolution

A team of scientists from Australia and China has found that many of the viruses infecting us today have ancient evolutionary histories that date back to the first vertebrates and perhaps Earth’s first animals. Their work is published in the ...

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Odilorhabdins: Researchers Discover New Class of Antibiotics

An international team of scientists led by the University of Illinois, Chicago, has discovered a new class of naturally produced, ribosome-targeting antibacterial agents, odilorhabdins, produced by a nematode-symbiotic bacterium. Odilorhabdins are produced by a symbiotic bacterium found in soil-dwelling nematode ...

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Ancient Finger Bone Found in Saudi Arabia Reveals a New Clue About Early Humans

(NEW YORK) — An ancient human finger bone found in Saudi Arabia provides a new clue about when and how our species migrated out of Africa. Researchers say it shows hunter-gatherers had reached that area by 85,000 years ago. Previously ...

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Phosphorus May Be More Rare in Universe than Previously Thought

A new study from Cardiff University suggests there may be a cosmic lack of phosphorus, a crucial ingredient for life. “Phosphorus is one of just six chemical elements on which Earth organisms depend, and it is crucial to the compound ...

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Hubble Space Telescope Spots Massive Galaxy Cluster

This spectacular view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope peers into the distant Universe to reveal a massive galaxy cluster called PLCK G308.3-20.2. Galaxy clusters such as PLCK G308.3-20.2 contain thousands of galaxies of all ages, shapes and sizes, together ...

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Bridget, the Lioness at Oklahoma City Zoo Who Mysteriously Grew a Mane, Dies at 18

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Zoo says an 18-year-old African lioness that mysteriously sprouted a mane last year has died. The zoo says the lioness, named Bridget, was euthanized Wednesday after a veterinary team determined she was likely suffering ...

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Risk Tolerance Linked to Two Brain Regions

A new study published in the journal Neuron links willingness to take risks to brain structure and function, specifically the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, and connections between the two. “The more the amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex are functionally ...

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Researchers Identify Hundreds of Mutations outside of Coding Genes that Influence Tumor Gene Expression

Scientists have for the first time linked mutations located outside of coding genes to changes in tumor gene expression, aiding the development of future diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Cancers develop due to uncontrolled cell growth and division, ultimately leading to ...

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