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ON LOCATION: Hurt by fracking but voting for Trump

Tainted drinking water, skin rashes and destroyed property are some of the effects that fracking has had on Pennsylvania voters. But those problems won’t push them to vote for Joe Biden.

Hidden losses deep in the Amazon rainforest

New research shows that animal patterns are changing in the absence of landscape change, which signals a sobering warning that simply preserving forests will not maintain rainforest biodiversity.

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Nine insect-eating bird species in Amazon in sharp decline, scientists find

Bird species are in decline even in the remote parts of the Amazon, far from human interference, a study shows. Scientists have found a sharp decline in nine insect-eating bird species in the lowlands of the central jungle in the…

How the world came to understand black holes

Earlier this month, Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez split the 2020 physics Nobel Prize for decades of work on black holes. Click here to learn more about their monumental achievement and about the history of our understanding of these exotic objects in space.

Finally, a way to see molecules ‘wobble’

Researchers have found a way to visualize those molecules in even greater detail, showing their position and orientation in 3D, and even how they wobble and oscillate. This could shed invaluable insights into the biological processes involved, for example, when a cell and the proteins that regulate its functions react to a COVID-19 virus.

Comparing canine brains using 3D-endocast modelling

(Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Faculty of Science) Based on digital endocranial cast models the canine brain does not increase proportionally with body size. Researchers at ELTE Eötvös Loránd and Kaposvár University in Hungary reconstructed the surface morphology of 28 canine brains, including various dog breeds, wolves, coyotes, and jackals. The shortening of the facial skeleton greatly influences the ratio of certain brain regions, primarily the olfactory bulb and the frontal lobe. These changes might have profound implications for olfactory and problem-solving abilities.