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  • Science Ticker

    Chemistry Nobel honors studies of DNA repair mechanisms

    Studies of DNA’s repair mechanisms have won Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    DNA encodes the instructions for building and conducting life. But it’s a fragile molecule that can be altered or damaged by sunlight, toxic chemicals, radiation or even normal chemical reactions inside the cell.

    Lindahl, of the Francis Crick Institute in...

    10/07/2015 - 07:14 Genetics, Chemistry, Cancer
  • News

    No eyes, no problem for color-sensing coral larvae

    Staghorn coral larvae don’t have eyes. Yet shifting the color of underwater light can reverse their usual preferences for spots to settle.

    Horizontal surfaces bathed in blue-green light attract more larvae of Acropora millepora coral than normal, says behavioral ecologist Marie Strader of the University of Texas at Austin. And vertical surfaces lit through red filters...

    10/06/2015 - 19:05 Animals
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    Top 10 subatomic surprises

    Neutrinos are popular among the people who award the Nobel prizes.

    In 1995 Fred Reines won the physics Nobel for detecting neutrinos, bizarre subatomic particles that some experts said could never be detected. In 2002, Ray Davis and...

    10/06/2015 - 16:52 Particle Physics, History of Science
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    Neutrinos’ identity shift snares physics Nobel

    Capturing the identity-shifting behavior of neutrinos has won Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur McDonald of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics. The scientists spearheaded giant underground experiments that revealed that the elusive particles morph from one variety into another. Those crucial...

    10/06/2015 - 16:35 Particle Physics, Cosmology
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    Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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    Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the...

    10/06/2015 - 16:03 Science & Society
  • Feature

    Using general relativity to magnify the cosmos

    One of the most powerful known magnifying lenses isn’t found on Earth. The lens is built from stars, gas and dark matter and lies about 4 billion light-years away. As astronomers peer through it, they are finding the seeds of galaxies that were scattered around the universe more than 13 billion years ago.

    The lens is known as Abell 2744, a cosmic pileup where four groups of galaxies are...

    10/06/2015 - 12:38 Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics
  • News

    Chimpanzees show surprising flexibility on two feet

    Chimpanzees don’t strut. But their surprisingly flexible two-legged stride suggests that, more than 3 million years ago, members of the human evolutionary family walked pretty well, a new study concludes.

    Chimps rotate their upper bodies about as much as people do while walking, thus countering the force of their swinging hips, say paleoanthropologist Nathan Thompson of Stony Brook...

    10/06/2015 - 11:00 Human Evolution, Anthropology, Animals
  • Science Ticker

    Discovery of neutrino mass earns 2015 physics Nobel

    The discovery that subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass has won Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur McDonald of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics. The scientists led two sophisticated experiments that found that the elusive particles can morph from one variety into another — a phenomenon that can occur only if neutrinos have mass...

    10/06/2015 - 06:41 Particle Physics, Cosmology
  • Culture Beaker

    For the real hits of fashion week, look to computer science

    Fall fashion season is drawing to a close in Paris this week. Among this year’s runway trends are glitter (London), stripes (Milan) and...

    10/05/2015 - 16:35 Science & Society, Computing
  • It's Alive

    What really changes when a male vole settles down

    Bachelor prairie voles can’t tell females of their species apart. Yet the clueless fellows can change, forming pair-bonds for life with the opposite sex and even distinguishing between two female strangers. 

    Bachelors aren’t blind or stupid; they recognize individual males among their fellow short-tailed Microtus ochrogaster rodents scurrying through old fields in the center of...

    10/05/2015 - 15:28 Animals