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  • Famous 'Jurassic Park' dinosaur is less lizard, more bird
    From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie 'Jurassic Park,' where it's depicted as a venom-spitting beast with a rattling frill around its neck and two paddle-like crests on its head. But a new comprehensive analysis... Read more »
  • Algae species discovered infesting NW Hawaiian waters has been identified
    A newly-identified, fast-growing species of algae poses a major threat to coral reefs and the ocean ecosystem in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.... Read more »
  • Future Texas hurricanes: Fast like Ike or slow like Harvey?
    Climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the final 25 years of this century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008's Ike compared to slow-movers like 2017's Harvey, according to new research.... Read more »
  • Making a list of all creatures, great and small
    A new article outlines a roadmap for creating, for the first time, an agreed list of all the world's species, from mammals and birds to plants, fungi and microbes.... Read more »
  • Our animal inheritance: Humans perk up their ears, too, when they hear interesting sounds
    Many animals move their ears to better focus their attention on a novel sound. That humans also have this capability was not known until now. A research team now has demonstrated that we make minute, unconscious movements of our ears that are directed towards the sound want to focus our... Read more »
  • MU researcher awarded $4 million US Department of Education grant
    (University of Missouri-Columbia) Students who struggle with reading comprehension often perform poorly in classes like social studies because they have difficulty understanding the material. To solve this problem, educational researchers have been searching for the most effective interventions to help increase reading comprehension for struggling students.... Read more »
  • Researchers create air filter that can kill the coronavirus
    (University of Houston) Researchers from the University of Houston, in collaboration with others, have designed a "catch and kill" air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it instantly.... Read more »
  • Limitations of super-resolution microscopy overcome
    (University of Würzburg) The smallest cell structures can now be imaged even better: The combination of two microscopy methods makes fluorescence imaging with molecular resolution possible for the first time.... Read more »
  • New collection of stars, not born in our galaxy, discovered in Milky Way
    (University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) Astrophysicists announced the discovery of Nyx, a new collection of 250 stars that they believe are the remnant of a dwarf galaxy that merged with the Milky Way eons ago. The research combined massive cosmological simulations and observational data from the... Read more »
  • Scientists create new device to light up the way for quantum technologies
    (Trinity College Dublin) Researchers at CRANN and the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, have created an innovative new device that will emit single particles of light, or photons, from quantum dots that are the key to practical quantum computers, quantum communications, and other quantum devices.... Read more »