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Friday, January 24, 2020
Who had the most merciful death on Video game of Thrones? Science has a response

Who had the most merciful death on Video game of Thrones?...

Enlarge / You know nothing, Jon Snow—like, maybe wear a hat when conditions are freezing in the North. Even if it musses up your luscious locks. HBO Warning: This story contains some mild spoilers from the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones. The world of Game of Thrones may be fictional, but that doesn't…
Gene drive utilized to turn all female mosquitos sterilized

Gene drive utilized to turn all female mosquitos sterilized

We've known for a long time that we can limit malaria infections by controlling the mosquitos that transmit them. But that knowledge hasn't translated into control efforts that have always been completely successful. Many of the approaches we've used to control mosquitos have caused environmental problems, and mosquito populations are large enough that they have…
Treatments that trigger the body immune system to attack cancer make a Nobel

Treatments that trigger the body immune system to attack cancer make...

Enlarge / The two systems developed into therapies by today's Nobel winners. For both systems, the APC is an immune cell that presents proteins to the T cell so that it can determine if they're recognized. On the left, if CTLA-4 (yellow) is engaged on the T cell, it tones down the immune response. The…
The triumphant rediscovery of the largest bee on Earth

The triumphant rediscovery of the largest bee on Earth

Enlarge / Wallace's Giant Bee next to a honeybee for scale. Clay Bolt For security reasons, I can’t tell you exactly where Clay Bolt rediscovered Wallace’s giant bee. But I can tell you this. With a wingspan of two and a half inches, the Goliath is four times bigger than a European honeybee. Very much…
Brand-new price quote of primate anomaly rates assists genes match fossils

Brand-new price quote of primate anomaly rates assists genes match fossils

Carl, an alpha-male chimpanzee at Copenhagen Zoo and one of the participants in the study. Copenhagen Zoo, David Tr It’s not every day that scientists accidentally uncover a gorilla paternity scandal. But when a team of researchers led by Søren Besenbacher in Denmark went looking for genetic data on great ape families, one of their…
It’s the drag that assists the simple hagfish slime predators so rapidly

It’s the drag that assists the simple hagfish slime predators so...

Courtesy of University of Wisconsin, Madison. The homely hagfish might look like just your average bottom feeder, but it has a secret weapon: it can unleash a full liter of sticky slime in less than one second. That slime can clog the gills of a predatory shark, for instance, suffocating it. Scientists are unsure just…
Big hereditary research study discovers very first genes gotten in touch with ADHD

Big hereditary research study discovers very first genes gotten in touch...

If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection is, but the arrows point in the same direction: genetics helps determine someone's risk for ADHD. Beyond that, we still have myriad questions and not many answers—which genes play a role? And how do those…
Why determining what lags a huge gender paradox will not be simple

Why determining what lags a huge gender paradox will not be...

Enlarge / Pink vs. blue—innocent gender self-expression or material wealth creating more entrenched gender stereotypes? In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school and university as boys are. Women make up a greater proportion of the country’s professional and technical workers than any other country in the world. And their representation in…
Billion-year-old fossils might be early fungi

Billion-year-old fossils might be early fungi

When did the first complex multicellular life arise? Most people, being a bit self-centered, would point to the Ediacaran and Cambrian, when the first animal life appeared and then diversified. Yet studies of DNA suggest that fungi may have originated far earlier than animals. When it comes to a fossil record, however, things are rather…
Young boys, the rich, and Canadians (?) talk the most BS

Young boys, the rich, and Canadians (?) talk the most BS

The existence of what's colloquially known as "bullshit"—a combination of lies, exaggerations, and inaccuracies that makes it hard to figure out what the truth is—is familiar to all of us. Most of us have come across an individual so skilled in deploying it to advance their goals that we refer to them as "bullshit artists."…

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