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Members of the public are more likely to blame the global marine litter crisis on retailers, industry and government, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth. However, they have less faith in those agencies' motivation and...
For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function -- produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for Wellington Muchero, Meng Xie and their colleagues, this...
For the first time, astronomers have witnessed the aftermath of a black hole destroying a star. If you were to travel some 150 million light years from Earth in the direction of Ursa Major, you’d come across a cataclysmic collision...
Between 1992 and 2017, the Antarctic ice sheet shed roughly 3 trillion metric tons of ice—causing the global average sea level to rise nearly a third of an inch (7.6 millimeters). That’s a lot of ice. There’s another number, though,...
The retreat of the West Antarctic ice masses after the last Ice Age was reversed surprisingly about 10,000 years ago, scientists found. This is in stark contrast to previous assumptions. In fact it was the shrinking itself that...
We've all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? In a paper published June 13 in The Astrophysical Journal, researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of...
Many large galaxies have a bright central region called an active galactic nucleus (AGN), powered by matter spiraling into a supermassive black hole. Gas clouds in an area around the AGN known as the "broad-line region" emit light...
As the demand for smartphones, electric vehicles, and renewable energy continues to rise, scientists are searching for ways to improve lithium-ion batteries -- the most common type of battery found in home electronics and a promising solution for...
Male mice grow ovaries instead of testes if they are missing a small region of DNA that doesn't contain any genes, finds a new paper published in Science. The study, led by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, could...
DNA is often referred to as the blueprint for life, however scientists have for the first time discovered a microbe that uses two different translations of the DNA code at random. This unexpected finding breaks what was thought...

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