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Incredible Images Show Huge Saturn Storm Destroy Itself by Eating Its Own Tail | Wired Science | Wired.com

Incredible Images Show Huge Saturn Storm Destroy Itself by Eating Its Own Tail | Wired Science | Wired.com | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
One of the largest storms ever seen on Saturn may have been a victim of its own success, choking when it ate its own tail.
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A better understanding of cell to cell communication

A better understanding of cell to cell communication | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Researchers of the ISREC Institute at the School of Life Sciences, EPFL, have deciphered the mechanism whereby some microRNAs are retained in the cell while others are secreted and delivered to neighboring cells.
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Dark matter may not be completely dark

Dark matter may not be completely dark | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have found tantalising evidence suggesting dark matter may be more dynamic than thought.
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Surprising bacteria discovery has puzzled scientists

Surprising bacteria discovery has puzzled scientists | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
A new species of bacteria has been found in a Danish man with blood poisoning. The bacteria's closest relative lives in the alimentary tract of African termites.
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Dark matter is ghostly and non-interactive

Dark matter is ghostly and non-interactive | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
A new study of colliding galaxy clusters has found that dark matter doesn't even interact with itself.

"We have concluded that dark matter is most probably not interacting, so it exists in its ghostly state without interacting," says the study's lead author Dr David Harvey of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

"This is surprising because we see in our world that all the particles interact with each other quite highly, whereas dark matter does not seem to do that."

Astronomers first noticed dark matter when they realised that there wasn't sufficient gravitational attraction to keep stars orbiting as fast as they do around the centres of galaxies.

Another apparently invisible substance, which scientists now call dark matter, must be providing the additional gravity.

Scientists estimate that dark matter makes up 85 per cent of all the matter in the universe.

All the normal matter - which makes up all the stars, planets, dust and gas clouds (which scientists call baryonic matter) - makes up just 15 per cent of all the matter in the universe.

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The Human Body Under the Microscope

The Human Body Under the Microscope | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it

Take a look at your body like never before — from the intricate geometry of your hormones to the tiny architecture of the microbes that infect you — in this selection of images from the new book Science is Beautiful. 

Here, a colored scanning electron micrograph of empty fat cells. Fat cells, or adipocytes, are amongst the largest cells in the human body. They form a thick insulating layer under the skin which serves to cushion us as well as to store energy.

In this image the normal lipid (fat) deposits of the cells have been removed, revealing the honeycomb structure of the cell membranes.

 

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Mystery of Darwin's strange South American mammals solved

Mystery of Darwin's strange South American mammals solved | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have finally been able to work out where these odd creatures fit in the mammalian family tree.
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Nature’s library of Platonic forms – Andreas Wagner – Aeon

Nature’s library of Platonic forms – Andreas Wagner – Aeon | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
It seemed Darwin had banished biological essences – yet evolution would fail without nature’s library of Platonic forms
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New Spin on Spintronics: Radiation-resistant Material May Enable Devices in Harsh Environments

New Spin on Spintronics: Radiation-resistant Material May Enable Devices in Harsh Environments | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
A team of researchers is exploring new materials that could yield higher computational speeds and lower power consumption, even in harsh environments. Most modern electronic circuitry relies on controlling electronic charge within a circuit, but this control can easily be disrupted in the presence of radiation. Electronics that use spintronics may offer an alternative that is robust even in radiation-filled environments.
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Satellite sea science, drones vs heart attacks, and plasmons

Satellite sea science, drones vs heart attacks, and plasmons | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
A quick look at other science news this week: ocean acidification measured from space, nano drugs target arteries, new plasmon materials, and nitrogen fixing gets a whole lot older.
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Lithium comes from stellar explosions

Lithium comes from stellar explosions | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
A large amount of lithium, one of the key elements in the chemical evolution of the cosmos, is produced by stellar explosions called novae.
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Link found in how cells start process necessary for life

Link found in how cells start process necessary for life | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have found an RNA structure-based signal that spans billions of years of evolutionary divergence between different types of cells, according to a new study. The finding could alter the basic understanding of how two distinct life forms -- bacteria and eukaryotes -- begin the process of protein synthesis.
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A new twist in understanding the brain’s maps

A new twist in understanding the brain’s maps | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
The brain’s GPS would be worthless if it simply contained maps of our surroundings that were not aligned to the real world. Now we know how this is done.
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Mysterious Indo-European homeland may have been in the steppes of Ukraine and Russia

Mysterious Indo-European homeland may have been in the steppes of Ukraine and Russia | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
New research suggests herders north of the Black Sea were early speakers of Proto-Indo-European, the ancient tongue that gave rise to hundreds of languages, including English
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New material can restore the body's damaged tissue

New material can restore the body's damaged tissue | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a new material that allows the body to generate new tissue by itself.
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20 Things You Didn't Know About... Immortality | DiscoverMagazine.com

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Immortality | DiscoverMagazine.com | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Humans continue to seek after it, but other life forms have already achieved it.
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Science Photographer Reveals Beauty of the Microscopic World

Science Photographer Reveals Beauty of the Microscopic World | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Linden Gledhill is a photographer with a background in biochemistry, and lately, he's been using his scientific training to make the microscopic world look absolutely breathtaking.
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Scientists discover impossible hydrogen bond

Scientists discover impossible hydrogen bond | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered a new type of hydrogen bond which was previously considered impossible or at least highly improbable.

"The discovery is significant because hydrogen bonds are such a fundamental part of both chemistry and biology," says Professor Henrik Kjærgaard from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. "They form the basis of biological molecules and it’s for instance hydrogen bonds that determine the boiling point of water."

He led the new study, which has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

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DNA study reveals fate of ancient Britons

DNA study reveals fate of ancient Britons | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Ancient Britons were not overrun by invading Saxons in the Dark Ages, suggests a new map based on the DNA of people from the UK and Europe.
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Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon

Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?
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A Weird Phenomenon That Might Change How We See Neutrinos

A Weird Phenomenon That Might Change How We See Neutrinos | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Neutrinos are the ninjas of the universe. They don't interact with other particles very often, but when they do, they obliterate them. Until now. Scientists have observed a new way that neutrinos interact with the world.
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'Mind reading' neurones help predict behaviour of others

'Mind reading' neurones help predict behaviour of others | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a group of neurones that enable one monkey to predict what another monkey is about to do - the first-known instance of neurones calculating another animal's behaviour.
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Mercury shines in blue and gold

Mercury shines in blue and gold | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has given scientists their best view ever of Mercury, the nearest planet to the Sun.
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Scientists unveil map of 'epigenome'

Scientists unveil map of 'epigenome' | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have mapped out the molecular "switches" that can turn on - or off - individual genes in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells.
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Mathematics to reveal the secrets of the brain

Mathematics to reveal the secrets of the brain | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Researchers will now be using mathematical modelling and heavy computations to understand how the brain can both remember and learn.
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How can we still see the Big Bang? — Starts With A Bang!

Ask Ethan #75: How can we still see the Big Bang? - Starts With A Bang! - Medium
Why do we continue to detect the cosmic background radiation?
Is the fact that we continue to eternally see the cosmic background radiation billions of years after it was generated proof of either inflation, or that the universe must be curved back upon itself (i.e. that it is finite but unbounded)?
Or if neither of these are requirements, then what are other explanations?

I want you to think about the history of the Universe.
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This Is What The Human Body Really Looks Like Under A Microscope

This Is What The Human Body Really Looks Like Under A Microscope | Fragments of Science | Scoop.it
Some of these photos are artistic, others are terrifying.
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