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Water Can Spontaneously Form Hydrogen Peroxide, And We Finally Understand Why

Since being plunged into a global pandemic, we’re probably far more aware of being surrounded by microdroplets of water. In humid air or expelled by a cough, sneeze or talking, these droplets can carry tiny particles with them, from pollution to viruses like the flu.   Back in 2019, the basic chemistry of these motes of […]

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Physicists Finally Measure a Long Theorized Molecule Made From Light And Matter

Physicists have just caught light acting the part of ‘glue’ between atoms, in a kind of loosely bonded molecule. “We have succeeded for the first time in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled way, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonnleitner.   Atoms connect to form molecules in […]

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This 560-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is Earth’s Earliest Known Animal Predator

Amongst thousands of impressions in a large rock surface, one stood out from the crowd. The imprint of a tough tubular exoskeleton topped with waving tentacles, now frozen in time, looked strikingly familiar, unlike any of its neighbors.   It looked just like a relative of corals, anemones, and jellyfish from a sediment layer dated […]

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There Are Two Types of Narcissist, And The Difference Is Critical, Research Shows

In a time when flaunting your best self on social media has become a norm, narcissistic traits seem to be everywhere.  In today’s slang, off-putting behaviors like entitlement, superiority, and self-congratulating are known as ‘flexing’. Such traits might be more common these days, but being narcissistic is still seen as a pathological personality trait, akin to […]

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The World’s Biggest Shark Isn’t Actually a Carnivore, Scientists Discover

The biggest shark in our oceans already has a reputation for being a gentle giant, and it seems there’s more to this than we ever realized. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are filter feeders, thought to carefully comb the waters for tiny animals like krill.   Among the litany of tiny swimmers they scoop up are […]

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Plants Will Start Battling For Pollinators as Insects Decline. Losing Could Mean Exile

Plants can go to extraordinary lengths to tempt pollinators to do their bidding. From donning female insect disguises (complete with pheromones!) to lure lustful males, oozing the stench of rotting flesh to temp hungry flies, or, most commonly, offering bribes of sweet rewards for any who visits – no lengths are too gross or pricy […]

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Dogs Might Actually ‘See’ Through Smells, Brain Scans Suggest

From sniffing out diabetes, cancers and positive COVID-19 cases to being disgustingly interested in poop, we all know dogs have a mighty powerful sense of smell. Yet researchers were surprised to see the sheer extent of the smell wiring within dog brains.   Veterinary neuroimaging researcher Erica Andrews of Cornell University and colleagues have just mapped domestic […]

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Sea Star Embryos Spin Into a Formation That’s Just Like a Living Crystal

Tiny gelatinous blobs spin perfect pirouettes in the water – their movement whipping up a force that attracts their neighbors. As enough of them gather together, this synchronized dance aligns them into precise six-sided, ordered, repeating patterns, just like carbon atoms in a graphene crystalline structure.   But these aren’t atoms or any type of […]

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These 4 Factors Can Explain Why So Many People Are Rejecting Science

Distrust of science is a massive problem. In our current environment, it’s directly leading to people’s deaths. Much of the misinformation we face is intentional and organized, and even worse, research has found lies seem to spread faster online and are often stickier than the truth.   So psychologist Aviva Philipp-Muller, now at Simon Fraser […]

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BREAKING: Five New Incredible Images Released From The JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already expanded humanity’s vision further into time and space than ever before, giving a breathtaking sneak peek of the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the early Universe to date.   Now, NASA has just unveiled five more stunning full-color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes humanity […]