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  • Printable Solar Cells Just Got a Little Closer

    A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper.

  • Illuminating Origin of Organics

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet.

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    A new Zika vaccine candidate has the potential to protect against the virus with a single dose, according to a research team led by

  • The Discovery of Time Crystals

    Recently physicists have discovered a whole new form of matter, It is four dimensional matter called time crystal. Normal crystals, like diamonds, are an atomic lattice that repeats in space.

  • Life without Oxygen

    There is a long established idea that oxygen is the prerequisite element for the creation of life on earth.

  • 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

    Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • Robot Helps the Heart Beat

    Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customisable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure.


    Feeding is paramount to the survival of almost every animal, and just about every living organism is eaten by another.

  • Black Hole Treasure Trove Revealed

    An unparalleled image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving an international team of astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years, which began soon after the Big Bang.

  • Ice Berg Set to Calve from Larsen C Ice Shelf

    A huge iceberg, roughly the size of the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom or the state of Delaware in the United States

  • Why Birds Are Toothless

    Researchers have discovered that a species of dinosaur, Limusaurus inextricabilis, lost its teeth in adolescence and did not grow another set as adults.

  • Why Big Brains Are Rare

    As a species we're so brain-proud it doesn't occur to most of us to ask whether a big brain has disadvantages as well as cognitive benefits.

  • Boron on the Surface of Mars

    Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater

  • World's Smallest Radio Receiver

    Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio


    Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and


    When we are in a deep slumber our brain's activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies rise up and sit down around a sports stadium. It's hard to miss.


    As Zika spreads throughout the world, the call for rapid development of therapeutics to treat Zika rings loud and clear.


    The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists.


    We usually think of mutations as errors in our genes that will make us sick. But not all errors are bad, and some can even cancel out, or suppress, the fallout of those mutations known to cause disease.


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  • Blocking HIV for Monkeys

    An international research team has developed an effective treatment strategy against the HIV-like Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) in rhesus macaques.


    For at least a billion years of the distant past, planet Earth should have been frozen over but wasn't. Scientists thought they knew why, but a new modeling study from the Alternative Earths team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute has fired the lead actor in that long-accepted scenario.


    A Northwestern Engineering research team has developed a 3-D printable ink that produces a synthetic bone implant that rapidly induces bone regeneration and growth.


    The new map breaks away from the old way of studying genes one at a time, showing how genes interact in groups to shed light on the genetic roots of diseases.

  • Dinosaur Colour Pattern

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    After reconstructing the colour patterns of a well-preserved dinosaur from China, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that the long-lost species Psittacosaurus (meaning "parrot lizard," a reference to its parrot-like beak) was light on its underside and darker on top.


    Stanford engineers have developed a low-cost, plastic-based textile that, if woven into clothing, could cool your body far more efficiently than is possible with the natural or synthetic fabrics in clothes we wear today.


    A James Cook University scientist says a new map of the ecological footprint of humankind shows 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered.


    NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn's moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.


    As scientists and policymakers around the world try to combat the increasing rate of climate change, they have focused on the chief culprit: carbon dioxide.


    An adolescent orangutan called Rocky could provide the key to understanding how speech in humans evolved from the time of the ancestral great apes, according to new research.