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Qubit-based machines are gearing up to solve problems that are out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.
Prior to taming other species, humans selected for more docile traits among fellow Homo sapiens, a slew of recent studies suggest.
DNA studies are rewriting the how-we-met stories of domestication.
Cells in monkey brains build up faces by coding for different characteristics.
Gut microbes determine how people’s blood sugar levels respond to breads.
Bones send out hormone signals that chat with other parts of the body, studies in mice show. What influence these hormones have in people, though, remain a mystery.
Ancient zircon crystals provide clues about the magma that fuels volcanic eruptions.
DNA from straight-tusked elephant fossils is forcing scientists to reconsider the history of elephant evolution.
Seabirds in poor condition may communicate this information to their partner by delaying or withholding preening.
Jupiter formed within the first million years of the solar system, according to meteorite measurements.
Water waves scattering off a vortex can exhibit rotational superradiance, an effect predicted to appear in black holes.
A drug for activating melanin production without using ultraviolet radiation works in human skin samples.
Genetic tests help identify cancer patients who will benefit from immune therapy.
Rising temperatures may allow pests to eat corn that is genetically modified to produce an insect-killing toxin.
Moroccan fossils proposed as oldest known H. sapiens, from around 300,000 years ago.
A measurement so precise Einstein thought it couldn't be done has demonstrated his most famous theory on a star outside the solar system for the first time.
Mice noses have specialty immune cells with long memories.
Vaginal bacteria affect how well microbicide gels used to prevent HIV work.
Quasiparticles present in a solid material break the rules of particle physics.
KELT 9b’s sun blasts it with so much radiation that the planet’s dayside is hotter than most stars and its atmosphere is being stripped away.
A newly discovered glass frog species has skin so clear that it reveals most of the animal’s internal organs, including the heart.
The wings of adult morpho dragonflies show tiny respiratory channels that may support a complex of nanostructures that shine blue.
Today, scientists have reached temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above absolute zero.
A Google Earth-based estimate of dryland forests adds serious leafage to Earth’s total tree count.
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