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This Weird Fish Has Clear Blood

Living at 3,300 feet in one of the most inhospitable habitats on Earth, this fish has evolved in a very peculiar way.<p>Deep in the Southern Ocean, just off the coast of Antarctica, there lives the <i>Channichthyidae</i> family of fish. These fish are highly unusual, and one of its species, the ocellated …

Leo loses his tail. We gain a constellation

The constellation Leo once had a tail, a clump of faint stars. Now these same stars are known as Coma Berenices, the hair of a queen.<p>Tonight’s chart …

Astronomy

To survive, sea urchins evolve in a snap

<b>STANFORD (US) —</b> Some purple sea urchins are able to evolve rapidly, which should come in handy as climate change increases ocean acidity.<p>A new study …

Climate Change

Optical transistors: Why quantum dots could be key

<b>MCGILL U. (CAN) —</b> Researchers have taken an early first step toward developing an optical transistor by showing a new way to control light in the …

Nanotech

How to Build a Starship

PopMech designs a craft that can deliver passengers to a distant star. Launch date: 2112. Hop in.<p>In late 2012 scientists, researchers, and optimists gathered in Houston for the second annual 100 Year Starship Symposium, a Pentagon and NASA-supported­ project to promote the technology needed to …

Material for implants mimics squid beaks

<b>CASE WESTERN RESERVE (US) —</b> A new material modeled after squid beaks may lead to safer, more comfortable medical implants.<p>Many medical implants …

Case Western Reserve University

New Stanford Technique To Make Brains Transparent

A new technique turns mammalian organs transparent, so scientists can see inside.<p>A new lab technique now lets scientists make gorgeous, fully intact images of bodily organs such as the brain.<p>A team of engineers has developed a way to turn organs from mammals, such as lab mice or human bodies …

Dinosaur embryo fossils reveal life inside the egg

<b>Scientists have gained a remarkable insight into some of the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found.</b><p>The remains of the creatures were unearthed in south west China and are about 190 million years old.<p>They belong to a group of dinosaurs called <i>Lufengosaurus</i>, long-necked beasts that fully grown would have …

Redesigned material could lead to lighter, faster electronics

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, …

Dinosaur embryos twitched in their eggs like those of modern birds

Dinosaur embryos moved around inside their eggs and grew in much the same way as those of modern animals such as birds, say scientists who have …

Live Chat: What Have We Learned About Dinosaurs Since Jurassic Park?

<b>Update: Due to technical difficulties, this chat has been canceled. Please stay tuned as we will reschedule this chat within a week or two. We</b> …

Turning into fossils distorted dino plumage

<b>YALE (US) —</b> Experiments suggest that fossil birds and dinosaurs may have had different colored feathers than scientists thought.<p>Geological processes …

National Science Foundation

Will the IAU democratize the way it names space objects?

The International Astronomical Union’s decision to demote Pluto from full planet status was unpopular. Will these astronomers change the way they do …

Mislabelled fish slip into Europe's menus

<b>We are all eating much more fish than we used to - but are we eating the fish we think we are?</b><p>Official figures show that global consumption of fish and seafood per person is rising steeply - but research also reveals that much of what gets sold turns out to be not as described on the packet.<p>Earlier …

A seasonal offering on dinosaur eggs

Reproduction is one of the absolute fundamentals of life. Organisms may die, but they pass on their genes through their offspring and so the …

Computers Made Out of DNA, Slime and Other Strange Stuff | WIRED

Everybody knows a computer is a machine made of metal and plastic, with microchip cores turning streams of electrons into digital reality.<p>A century …

Cold prompts ‘power stroke’ in tiny swimmers

<b>U. TEXAS – AUSTIN (US) —</b> To escape from predators in cold, viscous water, marine copepods switch up their swimming method, say researchers.<p>Copepods …

National Academy of Sciences

Distant Black Hole Wakes Up To Grab A Light Snack

Later this year, the black hole in our own galaxy will do the same, munching on a passing gas cloud.<p>Astronomers have spotted a black hole wake up from a decades-long nap to munch on a small passing object, maybe a brown dwarf or a super-Jupiter. For astronomers, it's a preview of a similar feeding …

The True Science of Parallel Universes

Moon minerals survive rock-melting blasts

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> Despite the unimaginable energy of large impacts on the Moon, they may not wipe the mineralogical slate clean, according to new research.<p>…

Astronomy

New Giant Tarantula Discovered in Sri Lanka

A new type of tarantula about the size of your face has been found in northern Sri Lanka. Scientists found the spiders – with a leg span up to 8 …

This Weird Crafty Fish Can Make Itself Invisible--And We Don't Know How

It fools prey into thinking it's not even there. Is it using some kind of never-before-seen chemical camouflage?<p>The pirate perch, <i>Aphredoderus sayanus</i>, is a very strange creature: it's a small fish, only 5.5 inches long at most, that's the only species in its family. Its cloaca (sort of a …

Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint

<b>Compounds present in exhaled breath can act as a "fingerprint" for individuals, scientists say.</b><p>These "metabolites" represent the waste products of the body's chemistry - but their uniqueness had never been shown.<p>A study in PLOS ONE suggests they could be as useful to medical diagnosis as those …

Artefacts offer Pacific shark species absence clues

Historical artefacts, such as this shark teeth weapon, are an "under-utilised source of data"<p><b>Nineteenth Century tools made from sharks' teeth suggest that two species of shark used to populate the Central Pacific but are no longer present.</b><p>Using artefacts from museums, a team of US researchers found …

Strong hints of dark matter detected by space station, physicists say

Physicists announced on Wednesday that they have discovered the most convincing evidence yet of the existence of dark matter – the particles that are …

Zequals: the new symbol that will make us all better at sums

Here's a calculation for you: 33.8 x 854.29. Do it in your head. Now.<p>OK it's a crazy suggestion, anyone but a calculating genius would have to<br>resort …

Will 3D Printers Manufacture Your Meals?

3D-printed food as a concept is beginning to ripen, but will need to get faster and taste better before earning a spot in your pantry.<p><b>These days, 3D printers are laying down</b> plastics, metals, resins, and other materials in whatever configurations creative people can dream up. But when the next 3D …

Fantastic Programmable Goo Solves Difficult Math Problems

A new way of looking at a classic math problem.<p>You've got 20 U.S. cities to visit in one big trip. What's the shortest route you can take?<p>No, this is not a problem from Ticket to Ride. It's the traveling salesman problem, a classic math puzzle that, as MIT Technology Review's arXiv blog explains, …

Say We Really Do Bring the Passenger Pigeon Back From Extinction — Then What?

Synthetic biology has made such strides in recent years that the notion of reviving extinct species is no longer crazy talk. Researchers gathered …