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Gravitational Waves Leave Observable Aftereffects in Universe

Gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in space-time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the Universe. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916 in his general theory of relativity. New research shows those waves ...

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Medusavirus: Newly-Discovered Giant Virus Turns Its Hosts into ‘Stone’

A team of researchers has isolated a new giant virus from hot spring water in Japan. Named medusavirus, the virus infects a species of amoeba called Acanthamoeba castellanii and can turn its host into a stone-like cyst. “Viruses are classified ...

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Universe’s Early Galaxies were Much Brighter than Expected

New data from Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes show that in a few specific wavelengths of infrared light, some of the first galaxies to form in the Universe, less than 1 billion years after the Big Bang, were considerably brighter ...

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Study: Parkinson’s Disease More Prevalent in Patients with Appendectomies

An appendectomy increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. “Recent research into the cause of Parkinson’s disease has centered around alpha synuclein, a protein found in ...

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Google Celebrates Lucy Wills, Who Found a Simple Solution to Improve the Health of Pregnant Women Everywhere

The pioneering English hematologist Lucy Wills, whose research into women’s health during pregnancy changed the lives of millions around the globe, was celebrated in Friday’s Google Doodle. Wills conducted research into prenatal macrocytic anaemia in India in the 1920s and ...

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Universe’s Earliest Supernovae Ejected Powerful Jets, Astronomers Say

A team of astronomers from MIT has observed evidence that the Universe’s first stars exploded as asymmetric supernovae, strong enough to scatter heavy elements across the early Universe. The findings appear in the Astrophysical Journal. Several hundred million years after ...

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A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines

Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, ...

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‘It’s Time to Go Back to the Moon.’ Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Lunar Mission

(WASHINGTON) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he’s going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land ...

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New Antibiotic Resistance Gene Discovered: Mcr-9

An international team of scientists from Cornell University and the University of Zurich has discovered a new jumping gene that makes bacteria resistant to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic used to treat severe bacterial infections. Mcr (mobilized colistin-resistance) genes are plasmid-borne ...

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Tiny Jurassic Dinosaur Had Membranous Wings

A previously unknown species of bird-like dinosaur with pterosaur-like wings has been discovered by a team of paleontologists working with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment at Chinese Academy of Science. ...

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