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Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using ‘neural nets’, a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, … Continue reading

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Ruptured venule under the scanning electron microscope

Magnification x2300, by Steve Gschmeissner

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The microscopical beauty of our kidneys

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ATP tattoo

ATP hummingbird moths Tattoo by Jessa Huebing-Reitinger Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is an energy-bearing molecule found in all living cells. Formation of nucleic acids, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and many other energy-consuming reactions of metabolism are made possible by … Continue reading

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Electron micrograph of blood

Mindblowing electron micrograph of blood (single erythrocytes) inside a micro needle 🙂 We think many people would like blood a lot more if we could see it like this! Image by Science photo library via ILA

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Watch Alien Worlds Whirl Around a Distant Star

Not too far away, four worlds are orbiting a young, bright star—and now, after staring at the alien stellar system for seven years, we can watch as the planets quietly trace their cosmic loops. There’s something indescribably majestic about watching … Continue reading

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This is the closest-ever photo of a moonlet hiding in Saturn’s rings

While plow trucks across the US northwest pushed around snow this week, a Mount Everest-size rock near Saturn continued a centuries-long effort of clearing its own lane in the planet’s expansive disc of icy rings. On January 16, the nuclear-powered … Continue reading

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Scientists create first stable semisynthetic organism

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Life’s genetic code has only ever contained four natural bases. These bases pair up to form two “base pairs”—the rungs of the DNA ladder—and they have simply been rearranged to create bacteria and butterflies, penguins and people. Four bases make … Continue reading

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We now know bacteria can communicate electrically, and we should be worried

We already have a lot to worry about when it comes to bacteria, as more and more strains becoming resistant to our dwindling arsenal of antibiotics. Last year, a woman in the US was killed by a superbug resistant to … Continue reading

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Scientists create first 2-D electride

Researchers have brought electrides into the nanoregime by synthesizing the first 2D electride material. Electrides are ionic compounds, which are made of negative and positive ions. But in electrides, the negative “ions” are simply electrons, with no nucleus. The electrons … Continue reading

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This crazy spinning ice disc just appeared in a Michigan river

…A team led by StĂ©phane Dorbolo from the University of LiĂ©ge in Belgium decided to get to the bottom of these crazy things once and for all.Using some cameras, a nickel bead, a magnet, and Petri dish popsicles, the researchers … Continue reading

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This is what the entire known Universe looks like in a single image

Isn’t it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the centre. Encircling the Solar System are the inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri star, Perseus Arm, … Continue reading

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The Moon and Venus

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This incredible photo is the crescent Moon, next to a crescent Venus (the Moon is the larger, fainter crescent). The photo was taken back in 2004 in Budapest – so amazing! Image: Iván Éder

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Enceladus

Enceladus is an Icy moon of Saturn that has geysers at its south pole shooting out liquid water from a lake or ocean below, created by heat from tidal interactions between Saturn’s various moons. These geysers were one of the … Continue reading

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Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

The driest desert on Earth may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report. They have found the remnants of freshwater plants and animals buried in the arid plains of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This watery period dates to between 9,000 … Continue reading

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Happy Sun

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The Mystery of Galatic Orbits

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The speed of light might have outpaced gravity in the early days of the Universe

The speed of light in a vacuum, or c, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according to the general theory of relativity, gravity travels at the same rate. But a new study suggests that the … Continue reading

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Mutation that triggered multicellular life altered protein flexibility

Just as a boat can be driven off course by a log in its path, a single, random mutation can send life in a new direction. That scenario, says University of Oregon biochemist Ken Prehoda, illustrates how a random mutation … Continue reading

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