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This new blood test accurately predicts 50 types of cancer

An international team of scientists may have made a major breakthrough in early cancer detection: a blood test that finds more than 50 types of cancer, including specific locations in the body. They did it with a little help from…

What is a solar tower and how does it work?

A solar tower, also known as a solar power tower, is a way to concentrate solar power to make it a more powerful energy source. Solar towers are sometimes also called heliostat power plants because they use a collection of…

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Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides

A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air.

Researchers Study How Forests Are Changing in Response to Global Warming – Noozhawk

Warm sunshine streams through the canopies of two blue oaks in central California. (Anna Trugman) As the climate is changing, so too are the world’s forests. From the misty redwoods in the west to the Blue Ridge forest of Appalachia,…

Astronomers announce 100 new minor planets beyond Neptune

They’re called trans-Neptunian objects, or TNOs. Astronomers analyzed data from the Dark Energy Survey – which just completed 6 years of observations – to find over 100 new little worlds in the cold outer reaches of our solar system.

Why did Ecuador's largest waterfall disappear?

Earlier this year, the 500-foot-tall San Rafael waterfall in the Ecuadorian Amazon seemed to vanish. The country’s largest waterfall in both height and volume, its disappearance wasn’t caused by a sudden drop in water levels, but instead because the Coca…

Scientists create model to measure how cells sense their surroundings

Our body’s ability to detect disease, foreign material, and the location of food sources and toxins is all determined by a cocktail of chemicals that surround our cells, as well as our cells’ ability to ‘read’ these chemicals. Cells are highly sensitive. In fact, our immune system can be triggered by the presence of just one foreign molecule or ion. Yet researchers don’t know how cells achieve this level of sensitivity.

The 2020 HFSP Fellowships

(Human Frontier Science Program) HFSP raises the value of its fellowship awards granted to 65 young researchers who will challenge traditional thinking by investigating behavioural computation, genomics of fear memories, the dynamics of the blood stem cell niche, or building a new super-resolution microscope.

Coral tells own tale about El Niño’s past

(Rice University) Rice University and Georgia Tech scientists use data from ancient coral to build a record of temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the last millennium. The data question previous links between volcanic eruptions and El Niño events.

Have you heard about the Waffle House Index?

I’d never heard of the Waffle House Index until a few years ago. It’s a phrase coined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which uses the Waffle House chain as an informal indication of which areas have been hardest…