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  • A clue as to why it's so hard to wake up on a cold winter's morning
    Do you remember the challenge of waking up on winter's cold, dark days? Neurobiologists have uncovered a clue to what's behind this behavior. In a study of the fruit fly, the researchers have identified a 'thermometer' circuit that relays information about external cold temperature from the fly antenna to the... Read more »
  • Scientists solve half-century-old magnesium dimer mystery
    Magnesium dimer (Mg2) is a fragile molecule consisting of two weakly interacting atoms held together by the laws of quantum mechanics. It has recently emerged as a potential probe for understanding fundamental phenomena at the intersection of chemistry and ultracold physics, but its use has been thwarted by a half-century-old... Read more »
  • Mississippi Delta marshes in a state of irreversible collapse
    A key finding of the study is that coastal marshes experience tipping points, where a small increase in the rate of sea-level rise leads to widespread submergence.... Read more »
  • A stitch in time: How a quantum physicist invented new code from old tricks
    Building large-scale quantum computers will require suppression of errors. Scientists have used a neat trick to apply powerful 3D error-suppression codes in a 2D architecture, something one industry insider said many thought was impossible.... Read more »
  • New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers
    An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more.... Read more »
  • Record-high data transmission using a soliton crystal
    (Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Australian and Canadian researchers led by Prof David J. Moss at Swinburne University of Technology and honorary professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) was able to achieve world record-high data transmission over 75 km of standard optical fibre... Read more »
  • Epilepsy-related deaths common in young adults and are not reducing, new research shows
    (Spink Health) A new study due to be presented at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Virtual Congress shows the burden of potentially avoidable epilepsy-related deaths in young adults remains large, with those aged between 16 and 24 having a six-fold increased risk of epilepsy-related death.... Read more »
  • Novel biomarkers predict benefit with immunotherapy in metastatic breast cancer
    (European Society for Medical Oncology) Two novel biomarkers have been found to correlate with improved outcomes with immunotherapy in metastatic breast cancer and may help to identify the patients most likely to benefit from this treatment, according to exploratory studies reported at the ESMO Breast Cancer Virtual Meeting 2020.... Read more »
  • Large-scale analysis of protein arginine methylation by mass spectrometry
    (Bentham Science Publishers) In this research, the researchers offer an overview on state-of-the-art approaches for the high-confidence identification and accurate quantification of protein arginine methylation by high-resolution mass spectrometry methods, which comprise the development of both biochemical and bioinformatics methods.... Read more »
  • MSU scientists solve half-century-old magnesium dimer mystery
    (Michigan State University) Magnesium dimer (Mg2) is a fragile molecule consisting of two weakly interacting atoms held together by the laws of quantum mechanics. It has recently emerged as a potential probe for understanding fundamental phenomena at the intersection of chemistry and ultracold physics, but its use has been thwarted... Read more »