Science

Plants React to Competition Adaptively

Researchers at University of Tübingen have shown that plants respond to competition (for light) with something akin to decision-making, choosing adaptively different strategies that are a function of their competition. (Dec. 21, 2017)

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An Update on Oumuamua

Check this update from Sky & Telescope on Oumuamua, the visitor from outside our solar system that's now departing at a rate of 15 Earth-moon distances per day. (Dec. 18, 2017)

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New Drug Reduces Huntington’s Disease Protein

The first in-human trial of a drug to lower the level of protein that causes Huntington's disease has concluded. The results of studying the drug's effects on 46 patients are successful, as reported by researchers at the University College London, and the drug was...

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Learning How Crows Make Tools

Researchers at the the University of St Andrews have studied New Caledonian crows and learned how they make hooked sticks, useful for getting prey out of tiny crevices. The only species known to make hooks are these crows and humans. By the way, the oldest fish hooks...

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Dogs have more Cortical Neurons than Cats

Scientists from Vanderbilt University have now shown that "As far as dogs and cats go, [..] dogs have about 530 million cortical neurons while cats have about 250 million. (That compares to 16 billion in the human brain.)" This implies that dogs can create a much more...

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The New Duck-Faced Dinosaur

Paleontologists have discovered fossils from a new dinosaur that stood about 18 inches and lived more than 70 million years ago (before the K-T extinction). It's called Halszkaraptor escuilliei. For a potential view of what this creature looked like, click the story....

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Two Super-Earths around Red Dwarf K2-18

Data from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) suggest that exoplanet K2-18b could be a lot like a bigger Earth, and it has another planet nearby. The planets are orbiting a red dwarf star that's about 111 light years away from Earth. (Dec. 5, 2017)

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