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Understanding how to control 'jumping' genes

A team of Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Research scientists have made a new discovery of how a single protein, Serrate, plays dual roles in …

Surprise -- Our Solar System's Not Like The Others

Check out the architecture of our solar system.<p>Little planets close to the star, big planets far away.<p>Inner worlds rocky, outer ones gaseous.<p>Scientists once supposed other star systems in the Milky Way would look about the same.<p>“That’s what we used to think,” says Andrea Ghez, UCLA professor of …

Researchers Find Universe's 'Missing Matter'

Two groups of researchers finally provide evidence of hypothesized matter floating between galaxies.<p>The universe is huge and stretches mind-blowingly far, so one of the best ways we have to find out more about it is to recreate the universe inside a computer and study that simulation. Studying …

XMM-Newton discovers part of missing matter in the Universe

Flying through a filament<p>6 May 2008<p>ESA’s orbiting X-ray observatory XMM-Newton has been used by a team of international astronomers to uncover part …

Astronomy

Tiny Explosions May Power the Sun's Blazing Corona

The upper reaches of the sun's atmosphere are thousands of times hotter than its surface, and a new study offers a possible reason for that intense …

One of Our Fundamental Assumptions About Black Holes Was Just Overturned in The Lab

We have a problem.<p>Black holes are the most intense and mysterious cosmic phenomena in the Universe, and new research shows we understand even less …

Black Holes

Can they change, or should we leave? Our toxic relationship with Big Oil

Our relationship with fossil fuels is like a lot of dysfunctional romances.<p>It’s destructive, and we know it. But it seems so totally bound up with who we are, and how we live, that we find it desperately hard to imagine life without this partner. And so we stick with it, day in, day out. We do that …

Energy

Lensing by Refraction…Not Gravity?

Lensing by Refraction…not Gravity? By Andrew Hall Big Bang cosmology has it’s challenges – it also has it’s challengers. The Electric Universe …

The Coolest Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015

Not every scientific advance is heralded as a revolutionary breakthrough, because science mostly progresses incrementally. Sure, certain high-profile …

Fasting diet 'regenerates diabetic pancreas'

<b>The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers.</b><p>Restoring the function of the organ - which helps control blood sugar levels - reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments.<p>The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots …