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  1. Galactic winds push researchers to probe galaxies at unprecedented scaleRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 9 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Rather than getting pushed, the simulation shows the cold material instead becomes gradually heated until it is fully incorporated into the hot wind. view When astronomers peer into the universe, what they see often exceeds the limits of human understanding.


  2. New tool increases adaptability, autonomy of 'Skyrim' nonplayer charactersRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 1 | EurekAlert!

    Computer science researchers at North Carolina State University and Universidade de Lisboa have developed a tool for use with the game Skyrim that can be used to create nonplayer characters that allow for more variability and flexibility in game play. The tool, called CIF-CK, is an artificial intelligence architecture program that uses social behavior models to make individual NPCs more reactive and adaptable to player behavior.


  3. New NOAA Fisheries research reveals ecosystem cascades affecting salmonRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 31 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: A common murre about to feed its chick an anchovy or sardine at the Farallon Islands rookery, July 2017. view Interpreting relationships between species and their environments is crucial to inform ecosystem-based management , a priority for NOAA Fisheries.


  4. Elephant seals recognize each other by the rhythm of their callsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 19 | EurekAlert!

    Every day, humans pick up on idiosyncrasies such as slow drawls, high-pitched squeaks, or hints of accents to put names to voices from afar. This ability may not be as unique as once thought, researchers report on July 20 in Current Biology .


  5. 'Little Cub' gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demiseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early Universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighbouring galaxy. The Little Cub galaxy - so called because it sits in the Ursa Major or Great Bear constellation - is being stripped of the gas needed to continue forming stars by its larger companion.


  6. African leopards revealed: Study documents minute-to-minute behavior of elusive catsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    The elusive behavior of the African leopard has been revealed in great detail for the first time as part of a sophisticated study that links the majestic cat's caloric demands and its drive to kill. A team led by Chris Wilmers, associate professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, produced an unprecedented picture of this carnivore's predatory and reproductive behaviors by outfitting the cats with high-tech wildlife tracking collars equipped with GPS technology and an accelerometer to measure energy output.


  7. Genetic study shakes up the elephant family treeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 5, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    New research reveals that a species of giant elephant that lived 1.5 million to 100,000 years ago - ranging across Eurasia before it went extinct - is more closely related to today's African forest elephant than the forest elephant is to its nearest living relative, the African savanna elephant. The study challenges a long-held assumption among paleontologists that the extinct giant, Palaeoloxodon antiquus , was most closely related to the Asian elephant.


  8. 2017 Gruber Foundation Cosmology prize winner announcedRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    The Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize honours a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the Universe. Less than a hundred years ago, astronomers were still debating whether our Milky Way Galaxy was the entirety of the Universe or if other galaxies existed beyond our own.


  9. USDA announces $18 million to educate the future agricultural science workforceRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced $18 million in available funding to foster the next generation of agricultural science professionals. Funding is made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative , authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.


  10. Immature spinner dolphin calf SCUBA tanks spell disaster in tuna fisheriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Just because dolphins are born in water doesn't necessarily mean that their in-built SCUBA system is fully prepared for action at birth; it can take between 1 and 3 years for the oxygen carrying capacity of whales and dolphins to mature sufficiently. Shawn Noren, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, explains that the muscles of fully developed diving species - including dolphins, whales, birds and seals - contain more of the oxygen carrying protein, myoglobin, than land-based animals and are better prepared to neutralise lactic acid produced in the muscles when divers switch to anaerobic respiration after exhausting their oxygen toward the end of a dive.


  11. For keeping X chromosomes active, chromosome 19 marks the spotRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 16, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    After nearly 40 years of searching, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a part of the human genome that appears to block an RNA responsible for keeping only a single X chromosome active when new female embryos are formed, effectively allowing for the generally lethal activation of more than one X chromosome during development. Because so-called X-inactivation is essential for normal female embryo development in humans and other mammals, and two activated X chromosomes create an inherently fatal condition, the research may help explain the worldwide human sex ratio that has slightly favored males over females for as long as science has been able to measure it.


  12. Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuelRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 2, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor.


  13. Milky Way-like galaxies in early universe embedded in 'super halos'Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 22, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Artist impression of a progenitor of Milky Way-like galaxy in the early universe with a background quasar shinning through a 'super halo' of hydrogen gas surrounding the galaxy. New ALMA... view more By harnessing the extreme sensitivity of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array , astronomers have directly observed a pair of Milky Way-like galaxies seen when the universe was only eight percent of its current age.


  14. The need for speed may contribute to dolphin and whale strandingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 14, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    Surviving in an environment that actively impedes your progress can leave you vulnerable when escape is necessary; couple this with the need to conserve limited oxygen reserves and the magnitude of the challenges faced by many cetaceans when threatened becomes clear. 'Amazingly, there has been only a handful of studies that have actually measured the energetic cost of a dive for dolphins or whales', says Terrie Williams, from the University of California Santa Cruz, USA, who is fascinated by how marine mammals balance their energy demands with their finite oxygen supply.


  15. Leading the way in genomic science -- from biodiversity to biomedicineRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 7, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    For the first time, the Earlham Institute will host the Genome 10K and the Genome Science conferences, simultaneously. This dual event, organised by EI's Director of Science and council member of Genome 10k Prof Federica Di Palma, will bring together comparative and conservation genomics, with technological advances and innovative applications of genomics and computational science across plants, animals, microbes and human health.


  16. Team makes planet hunting a group effort, finds more than 100 candidatesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for planets by detecting more than 100 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting the fourth-closest star to our own Solar System, which is about 8.1 light years away from Earth.


  17. Measuring trees with the speed of soundRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | EurekAlert!

    IMAGE: Tomogram showing areas of wood decay in a tree with an irregularly shaped trunk, based on sonic tomography with the PiCUS 3 Sonic Tomograph. view more Credit: Javier O. Ballesteros and Gregory S. Gilbert.


  18. Laboratory-on-a-chip technique simplifies detection of cancer DNA biomarkersRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 12, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., making early, reliable diagnosis and treatment a priority for researchers. Genomic biomarkers offer great potential for diagnostics and new forms of treatment, such as immunotherapy.


  19. The golden drool: Study finds treasure trove of info in saliva of foraging bearsRead the original story

    Nov 8, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    The rivers and streams of Alaska are littered in the summer and fall with carcasses of tens of thousands of salmon that not only provide a smorgasbord for hungry brown bears but are also the newest database in the arsenal of wildlife biologists. A new study, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE , documents the ability of researchers to gather DNA from residual saliva on partially consumed salmon to the point that they can even identify individual bears from the genetic samples.


  20. 'Higgs hunter' Sally Dawson receives J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle PhysicsRead the original story

    Oct 26, 2016 | EurekAlert!

    Sally Dawson, a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named a recipient of the 2017 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics. The award, given by the American Physical Society , recognizes Dawson and her three co-authors of The Higgs Hunter's Guide, a seminal book first published in 1989 on the physics of Higgs bosons-fundamental particles predicted by the accepted theory of particle physics as essential to generating the mass of fundamental particles, and discovered in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012.


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