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Biologists at Rice University have discovered new insect species called Neuroterus (noo-ROH’-the-rus) Valhalla. It is the first insect species to be described alongside its fully sequenced genome. The newly discovered insect species is just a millimeter long. It spends 11 months of the year locked in a crypt. Biologists discovered the insect just outside the…
In 2018, scientists observed bright radar reflections under the polar cap. At that time, scientists thought they were looking at liquid water. But, a new study of the red planet by the University of Texas at Austin suggests that those radar reflections are just a dusty mirage. The reflections matched volcanic plains found all over…
Using AI, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR), scientists at UWE Bristol’s Big Data lab and Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) are developing a new technology to assist cardiac surgeons in planning and preparing for complex keyhole heart valve surgery. It will prevent converting a keyhole heart valve operation to open-heart surgery.…
Using computational models, scientists at the University of Waterloo are trying to understand pregnancy’s impacts on kidneys. This study could help understand the physiology of the kidneys during pregnancy. Scientists want to know how kidneys change during pregnancy. They are also keen to understand how increased strain on the kidneys can lead to gestational diseases.…
By shining laser beams on the water surface, engineers at the University of Houston have succesfully created an upward water fountain in deep water. This phenomenon is known as the Marangoni effect, first described in 1860. The Marangoni effect causes convection and explains the behavior of water when differences in surface tension exist. Jiming Bao,…
The potential of quantum computers lies in an inability to process ‘qubits.’ Resetting qubits includes linking them to photons in a resonator device. The qubit transfers its energy to the resonator, after which the photon in the resonator decays, releasing its energy to the environment. This process causes the qubit state to drop back to…
Earth’s inward functions are prominently modeled as disseminating heat produced by inner radioactivity and from extra energy generated during collisions when our planet formed. But the mantle convection proponents suggest that that amount of internal heat energy is insufficient to drive large-scale tectonics. And there are other problems with using convection to explain observed plate…
Mapping and counting impact craters are the most commonly used technique to derive detailed insights on geological events and processes shaping the surface of terrestrial planets. Scientists from Curtin University have used a crater detection algorithm to analyze the formation of more than 500 large Martian craters. The algorithm they used automatically counts the visible…
Sinuous stellar jets meander lazily across a field of stars in new images captured from Chile by the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The gently curving stellar jets are the outflow from young stars, and astronomers suspect their sidewinding appearances are caused by the gravitational attraction of companion stars. These crystal-clear observations…
A new study by the University of Bristol suggests taking a break while binge-watching TV to avoid blood clot formation. Scientists examined the association between TV viewing and venous thromboembolism (VTE). It found that watching TV for four hours a day or more is associated with a 35 percent higher risk of blood clots than…