How some bacteria ‘eat’ electricity to survive

Ever since scientists discovered that certain microbes can get their energy from electrical charges, researchers have wondered how they do it. Bacteria don’t have mouths,...

Ancient gas cloud reveals universe’s first stars formed quickly

The discovery of a 13 billion-year-old cosmic cloud of gas enabled a team of Carnegie astronomers to perform the earliest-ever measurement of how the...

NASA’S Hubble captures a dozen galaxy doppelgangers

The “funhouse mirror” has delighted carnival-goers for more than a century by twisting peoples’ images into wildly distorted shapes. Its prolific inventor, Charles Frances...

A new quantum leap: Physicists one step closer to building quantum transducer

New study sheds light on the development of a device for converting quantum information to new frequencies. New research by University of Alberta physicists is...

Scientists decode 3,000-year-old Egyptian wheat genome for first time

The genome of an ancient Egyptian wheat has been sequenced for the first time by a UCL-led team, revealing historical patterns of crop movement...

Deep sea vents had ideal conditions for origin of life

By creating protocells in hot, alkaline seawater, a UCL-led research team has added to evidence that the origin of life could have been in...

Scientists observe “spooky” quantum tunneling for the first time

MIT chemists have observed, for the first time, inversion of the umbrella-like ammonia molecule by quantum tunneling. A molecule of ammonia, NH3, typically exists as...

Scientists create ‘artificial leaf’ that turns carbon dioxide into fuel

Scientists have created an "artificial leaf" to fight climate change by inexpensively converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology,...

Scientists create an entirely new type of light

The work opens unprecedented opportunities in chemistry and biology, for instance in the development of new drugs or nanomaterials. Light is the fastest way to...

This mysterious exoplanet shouldn’t exist where it is

Researchers have found an exoplanet that, according to current theories, shouldn’t exist in its current location. Researchers studied the red-giant stars HD 212771 and HD...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe’s greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving “first light” with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of...

Scientists finally know how the world’s toughest material stays so strong

Nacre is the rainbow-sheened material that lines the insides of mussel and other mollusk shells. More commonly known as mother-of-pearl, nacre’s combination of hardness and...

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Scientists find people with blue eyes have one common ancestor

In a study, researchers found that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. The study was conducted by a team at the University...

Scientists find new way to cure baldness

Few things on earth strike fear into the hearts of men more profoundly than hair loss. But in a new study, researchers found reversing baldness...
Why you may want to stop using plastic water bottles

Why you may want to stop using plastic water bottles

A recent study has found that exposure to bisphenol-A or BPA can worsen symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. BPA exists in polycarbonate plastics...
This metal may harm the brain, lead to Parkinson’s disease

This metal may harm the brain, lead to Parkinson’s disease

Excessive exposure to the metal manganese is linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to a recent study from Iowa State University. Researchers found that too much...
Scientists find new source of rare earth elements

Scientists find new source of rare earth elements

In a new study, researchers found a potential new source of rare earth elements like neodymium and dysprosium. The new source is phosphate rock waste. The...