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  • Zoo Miami: Orangutan dies following dental surgery
    on 25/09/2021 at 09:08

    An orangutan has died at Zoo Miami following a dental surgery, officials said.

  • Flights scrapped as new volcanic eruptions hit Canaries
    on 25/09/2021 at 09:02

    Fresh volcanic eruptions in Spain’s Canary Islands prompted the cancellation of flights, airport authorities said Friday, the first since the Cumbre Vieja volcano came to life again.

  • Guatemala’s Fuego volcano quiets after eruption
    on 25/09/2021 at 09:00

    Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Friday has quieted after a 32-hour long eruption, authorities said Friday.

  • More than 3,000 shark fins confiscated in Colombia
    on 25/09/2021 at 08:59

    Thousands of shark fins were confiscated by Colombian authorities before they could be illegally shipped to Hong Kong, officials said.

  • Researchers develop new method for detecting superfluid motion
    on 25/09/2021 at 06:02

    Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are part of a new study that could help unlock the potential of superfluids—essentially frictionless special substances capable of unstopped motion once initiated. A team of scientists led by Mishkat Bhattacharya, an associate professor at RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Future Photon Initiative, proposed a new method for detecting superfluid motion in an article published in Physical Review Letters.

  • The origin and legacy of the Etruscans
    on 24/09/2021 at 18:00

    The Etruscan civilization, which flourished during the Iron Age in central Italy, has intrigued scholars for millennia. With remarkable metallurgical skills and a now-extinct, non-Indo-European language, the Etruscans stood out from their contemporary neighbors, leading to intense debate from the likes of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus on their geographical origins.

  • In a gene tied to growth, scientists see glimmers of human history
    on 24/09/2021 at 18:00

    A new study delves into the evolution and function of the human growth hormone receptor gene, and asks what forces in humanity’s past may have driven changes to this vital piece of DNA.

  • Spanish volcano still packs a punch 5 days after eruption
    on 24/09/2021 at 17:50

    A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands kept nerves on edge Friday for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock.

  • Quasi-particles with tunable interactions
    on 24/09/2021 at 17:29

    The laws of quantum mechanics allow for the existence of ‘quasi-particles’: excitations in materials that behave exactly like ordinary particles. A major advantage of quasi-particles over ordinary particles is that their properties can be engineered. In a Nature Materials News & Views article this week, IoP physicist Erik van Heumen describes recent experiments where even the interactions between quasi-particles can be tuned.

  • World premiere for virtual laser lab “femtoPro”
    on 24/09/2021 at 15:36

    In everyday life, we know lasers from numerous applications such as the laser printer or the supermarket scanner. Industrially, lasers are used in material processing for cutting, drilling and labeling, and in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Laser spectroscopy methods are also indispensable in scientific research.

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  • The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity
    by Patrick Honner on 23/09/2021 at 14:02

    Solutions to the simplest polynomial equations — called “roots of unity” — have an elegant structure that mathematicians still use to study some of math’s greatest open questions. The post The Simple Math Behind the Mighty Roots of Unity first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years
    by Veronique Greenwood on 22/09/2021 at 16:11

    Researchers have discovered that environments favoring clumpy growth are all that’s needed to quickly transform single-celled yeast into complex multicellular organisms. The post Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queens
    by Leila Sloman on 21/09/2021 at 14:13

    The n-queens problem is about finding how many different ways queens can be placed on a chessboard so that none attack each other. A mathematician has now all but solved it. The post Mathematician Answers Chess Problem About Attacking Queens first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution’s Limits
    by Elena Renken on 20/09/2021 at 13:21

    A painstaking study of wing morphology shows both the striking uniformity of individuals in a species and a subtle pattern of linked variations that evolution can exploit. The post Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution’s Limits first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells’ Molecular Signals
    by Philip Ball on 16/09/2021 at 15:33

    The molecular signaling systems of complex cells are nothing like simple electronic circuits. The logic governing their operation is riotously complex — but it has advantages. The post Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells’ Molecular Signals first appeared on Quanta Magazine

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