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This is the most distant galaxy ever found - Futurity

Astronomers say they’ve detected the most distant galaxy and estimate it’s roughly 30 billion light years away.

300,000 gamers unleashed on genetic science - Futurity

For the past three years, 300,000 gamers have helped scientists with genomic research by playing Phylo, an online puzzle game developed at McGill …

These plants use 'windows' to thrive underground - Futurity

Scientists at University of Sheffield have figured out how plants called "living stones" get enough sunlight even though they grow partially …

Grasshopper mice chew on deadly scorpions to kill pain - Futurity

The venom from bark scorpions can kill other animals, but it acts as a painkiller for grasshopper mice, say researchers at UT Austin and Michigan …

Heredity plays big role in OCD and Tourette's, study confirms - Futurity

A genetic analysis of both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette's syndrome (TS) offers direct confirmation that both are highly heritable.

'Veil of ignorance' can benefit social animals - Futurity

Ignorance about kinship ties can favor cooperation and prevent conflict among animals, say biologists at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fossil fuels pose double threat to wildlife - Futurity

Future fossil fuel extraction could be a "double whammy" to Earth's richest areas for biodiversity, say researchers at University of Queensland.

Gold Rush mercury still washes into food web - Futurity

UC Santa Barbara research shows how floods carry mercury-laden sediment from California's gold rush into the Central Valley lowlands and the food web.

To make hydrogen, start with 'strange' chemistry - Futurity

Bacteria have been making hydrogen for billions of years, and now scientists are using radical chemistry in an effort to make hydrogen, too.

Dendrites are like mini-computers in your brain - Futurity

The branch-like projections of neurons called dendrites are not just passive wires, but act like tiny computers, multiplying the brain's processing …

Why do we scream? - Futurity

Despite our fascination with screams, science knows relatively little about them.

Violent winds seeded early cosmos with iron - Futurity

A violent period 10 billion years ago seeded the cosmos with iron and other heavy elements that are critical to life itself, astronomers say.

Lefties more likely to have schizophrenia - Futurity

People who are left-handed are more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, than mood disorders such as depression, new research …

New bat virus in China can infect people - Futurity

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats that can infect people.

Female guppies fall for rare, colorful males - Futurity

The rarer a male guppy's color pattern, the more attractive he is to females, and the more offspring he will father researchers find.

Telescope finds new 'hunting ground' for black holes - Futurity

Black holes may be common in globular clusters, report astronomers who recently discovered a new black hole in M62.

Without Amazon forests, weather could mimic El Niño - Futurity

Total deforestation of the Amazon could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and a 50 percent reduction in the Sierra Nevada snowpack.

Family genes link autism to language problems - Futurity

Scientists say a genetic link may explain why autism and specific language difficulties occur in some families.

Photon detector is 'quantum leap' from semiconductors - Futurity

A new superconducting detector array can measure the energy of individual photons.

Insomniac algae produce more biofuel compounds - Futurity

Stopping algae's bioclock in its daytime setting can boost the amount of compounds the marine plants produce, including those used for biofuels and …


Boomerang generation: Why young adults return home - Futurity

Key “turning points” such as leaving full-time education or a relationship break-up, determine whether young adults return to live in their parents' …

When schools offer healthy snacks, kids eat them - Futurity

When given the option, school children will choose healthy snacks over unhealthy ones, and their overall diets improve.

Oldest 'big cat' skull fills fossil gap - Futurity

The four-million-year-old skull of Panthera blytheae found in Tibet fleshes out fossil record of big cats and challenges theories about how they …

Crystal structure could push the limits of solar cells - Futurity

A new model for solar cell construction may make them less expensive, easier to manufacture, and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun.

Grades and moods suffer for teen night owls - Futurity

Teens who go to bed late are more prone to academic and emotional difficulties in the long run, compared to teens who turn in early, a new study …

Color patterns of monkey faces reflect social order - Futurity

New research says there are links between monkeys' facial color patterns and their social structure and environment.

iPads help kids with autism learn to speak - Futurity

Some children with autism don't start speaking until they or 5 or 6 years old. Using iPads can help them learn new words and talk more, research …


Device uses light to split water into clean hydrogen - Futurity

Scientists have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen.

Engineers grow graphene on silver - Futurity

Growing graphene on a single-crystal silver substrate could lead to better optical devices and could allow graphene to interface with other 2D …


Count molecules with with a cell phone - Futurity

A new method that uses a lab-on-a-chip device and a smartphone is able to count molecules—such as HIV RNA—in a sample.