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Our brains are hardwired for language

People blog, they don't lbog, and they schmooze, not mshooze. But why is this? Why are human languages so constrained? Can such restrictions unveil …

Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness

A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged …

Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

A quasiparticle called an exciton -- responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits -- …

Processing new information during sleep compromises memory

New research highlights the important role sleep plays in strengthening and maintaining the accuracy of a memory and hints at why the brain shuts out …

Shocking Study from the Largest Cosmic Ray Physics Experiment in the Northern Hemisphere

Lightning detector in the foreground with<br>a cosmic ray detector in the background.<br>Credit: William Hanlon, University of Utah<p>There’s a chance that the …

Possible First Detection of Elusive Gravitational Waves Explained

<b>April 17, 2014</b><p>The detection of gravitational waves in March 2014 sparked a flurry of interest in the physics community, but what does it mean to …

Physics

Poor slumber is bad for young flies' brains

Busy people like to say that the best time to sleep is when you’re dead. But the best time to sleep is actually when you’re young, a study of fruit …

Cosmologists weigh cosmic filaments and voids

"This means that voids act like objects with an effectively negative mass," Clampitt said, "such that even light rays bend away from them. They act …

First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck …

Spiral galaxies like Milky Way bigger than thought, study finds

Let's all fist bump: Spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way appear to be much larger and more massive than previously believed, according to a new …

Comet ISON: Will Potential 'Comet of the Century' Get Brighter?

Scientists around the world have been tracking the promising Comet ISON because of its potential to star in a spectacular celestial show later this …

Astronomy

NASA's Voyager 1 explores final frontier of our 'solar bubble'

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first …

Imagination can change what we hear and see

Our imagination may affect how we experience the world more than we perhaps think. What we imagine hearing or seeing "in our head" can change our …

Proof mooted for quantum uncertainty

Study confirms principle’s limits on measurement accuracy.<p>Encapsulating the strangeness of quantum mechanics is a single mathematical expression. …

Possible record-setting deadzone for Gulf of Mexico predicted

Scientists are forecasting that this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic "dead" zone will be between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles which could place it …

Contribution of particulate matter from air pollution to forest decline

Air pollution is related to forest decline and also appears to attack the protecting wax on tree leaves and needles. Scientists have now discovered a …

Distracted walking: Injuries soar for pedestrians on phones

More than 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to be treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking, …

Two collider research teams find evidence of new particle Zc(3900)

(Phys.org) —Two research teams working independently at two different particle accelerators have found evidence of what appears to be a four-quark …

New 'embryonic' subduction zone found

A new subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal heralds the beginning of a cycle that will see the Atlantic Ocean close as continental Europe …

Jet stream changes cause climatically exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet melt

Scientists have shown that unusual changes in atmospheric jet stream circulation caused the exceptional surface melt of the Greenland Ice Sheet in …

Bullfrogs may help spread deadly amphibian fungus, but also die from it

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they …

Genetic diversity key to survival of honey bee colonies

When it comes to honey bees, more mates is better. A new study shows that genetic diversity is key to survival in honey bee colonies -- meaning a …

'Cold snap' 116 million years ago triggered marine ecosystem crisis

A "cold snap" 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to the ones witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, …

Cold viruses thrive in frosty conditions

Icy temperatures chill the immune response that thwarts the common cold.<p>Scientists have finally confirmed what parents have warned for centuries — …

3-D printed windpipe gives infant breath of life

A flexible, absorbable tube helps a baby boy breathe, and heralds a future of body parts printed on command.<p><b>An article by Scientific American.</b><p>Kaiba …

Long-lived insects raise prime riddle

Mass orgy of 17-year cicadas sets US researchers buzzing.<p>Drivers who end up behind John Cooley this week will quickly lose their patience. Cruising …