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…
System has 4 stars and a planet-forming disk oriented vertically

System has 4 stars and a planet-forming disk oriented vertically

Enlarge / Artist's conception of the B binary in the quad-star system HD 98000. Models and observations indicate that both stars and planets form as a cloud of material collapses into a disk. If the process proceeds in an orderly manner, then the planets will all form from the same disk and thus orbit in…
A New Method to Find Out How Old Stars Are

A New Method to Find Out How Old Stars Are

Our understanding of the universe, and of the Milky Way, is built on an edifice of individual pieces of knowledge, all related to each other. But each of those pieces is only so accurate. The more accurate we can make one of the pieces of knowledge, the more accurate our understanding of the whole thing…
EPA at a 30- year low for referring contamination cases for prosecution

EPA at a 30- year low for referring contamination cases for...

Enlarge / Acting Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA Andrew Wheeler listens as President Donald J. Trump leads a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 18, 2018, in Washington, DC. Polluters likely had a good year in 2018. According to numbers from advocacy group Public Employees…
Psychologists safeguard claim of “devastating elements” to masculinity

Psychologists safeguard claim of “devastating elements” to masculinity

The American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance (PDF) for treating boys and men, which links traditional masculinity ideology to a range of harms, including sexism, violence, mental health issues, suicide, and homophobia. Critics contend that the guidelines attack traditional values and innate characteristics of males. The APA’s 10-point…
“Mona Lisa impact” is genuine however does not use to Leonardo’s painting

“Mona Lisa impact” is genuine however does not use to Leonardo’s...

Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa's gaze was directed at. There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting—sometimes seem to follow viewers as they…
“Mona Lisa impact” is genuine, however does not use to Leonardo’s painting

“Mona Lisa impact” is genuine, however does not use to Leonardo’s...

Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa's gaze was directed at. There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting—sometimes seem to follow viewers as they…
New medical facility catalog are enormous spreadsheets filled with mumbo jumbo

New medical facility catalog are enormous spreadsheets filled with mumbo jumbo

At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an “HC BYP FEM-ANT TIBL PST TIBL PRONEAL ART/OTH DSTL” will run you $35,014.00. If you go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, an “HC ECMO/ECLS INIT VENO-VENOUS” costs $51,384.00. And at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, a “TRLUML PERIP ATHRC ILIAC ART” goes for $22,689.83.…
As the United States nuclear fleet ages, one laboratory group wishes to offer it a 2nd wind

As the United States nuclear fleet ages, one laboratory group wishes...

Enlarge / The Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee. Nuclear power provides roughly 20 percent of the United States' electricity and about half of its low-carbon electricity. Whether you think nuclear power is a good or a bad thing, the fact is that the existing nuclear power fleet contributes a significant amount of energy to…
AI can identify some congenital diseases utilizing images of faces

AI can identify some congenital diseases utilizing images of faces

Monty Rakusen Genomes are so five minutes ago. Personalized medicine is all about phenomes now. OK, that’s an exaggeration. But plenty of genetic disorders do result in distinctive facial phenotypes (Down syndrome is probably the best known example). Many of these disorders are quite rare and thus not easily recognized by clinicians. This lack of…
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