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fruit-flies-live-longer-with-combination-drug-treatment

Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment

Fruit flies in laboratory (stock image). Credit: © Andrei / Adobe Stock A triple drug combination has been used to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 48% in a new study led by UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. The three drugs are all already in use as medical treatments:…

Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment

Fruit flies in laboratory (stock image). Credit: © Andrei / Adobe Stock A triple drug combination has been used to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 48% in a new study led by UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. The three drugs are all already in use as medical treatments:…
life’s-building-blocks-may-have-formed-in-interstellar-clouds

Life’s building blocks may have formed in interstellar clouds

Carina Nebula (stock image, color enhanced with elements from NASA). Credit: © Douglas James Butner / Adobe Stock An experiment shows that one of the basic units of life -- nucleobases -- could have originated within giant gas clouds interspersed between the stars. Essential building blocks of DNA -- compounds called nucleobases -- have been…
mechanisms-of-real-time-speech-interpretation-in-the-human-brain-revealed

Mechanisms of real-time speech interpretation in the human brain revealed

People having conversation (stock image). Credit: © Danon / Adobe Stock Scientists have come a step closer to understanding how we're able to understand spoken language so rapidly, and it involves a huge and complex set of computations in the brain. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,…
how-to-dismantle-a-nuclear-bomb

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb

Missiles with warheads concept (stock image). Credit: © gerasimov174 / Adobe Stock How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don't, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do not typically grant inspectors complete access to their nuclear technologies, for fear of…
a-new-concept-could-make-more-environmentally-friendly-batteries-possible

A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible

Batteries (stock image). Credit: © Gudellaphoto / Adobe Stock A new concept for an aluminium battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The idea has potential for large scale applications, including storage of solar and wind energy. Researchers…

Fruit flies live longer with combination drug treatment

Fruit flies in laboratory (stock image). Credit: © Andrei / Adobe Stock A triple drug combination has been used to extend the lifespan of fruit flies by 48% in a new study led by UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. The three drugs are all already in use as medical treatments:…
no-need-to-cut-down-red-and-processed-meat,-study-says

No need to cut down red and processed meat, study says

Meats and vegetables on a grill (stock image). Credit: © Alexander Raths / Adobe Stock Most people can continue to eat red and processed meat as they do now. A major study led by researchers at McMaster and Dalhousie universities has found cutting back has little impact on health. A panel of international scientists systematically…
otherworldly-worms-with-three-sexes-discovered-in-mono-lake

Otherworldly worms with three sexes discovered in Mono Lake

Mono Lake, Tufa State Natural Reserve, near Lee Vining, California. Credit: Copyright Michele Hogan Caltech scientists have discovered a new species of worm thriving in the extreme environment of Mono Lake. This new species, temporarily dubbed Auanema sp., has three different sexes, can survive 500 times the lethal human dose of arsenic, and carries its…
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A black hole’s warped world

Black hole illustration (stock image). Credit: © unlimit3d / Adobe Stock A new new visualization of a black hole illustrates how its gravity distorts our view, warping its surroundings as if seen in a carnival mirror. The visualization simulates the appearance of a black hole where infalling matter has collected into a thin, hot structure…
a-new-way-to-turn-heat-into-useful-energy

A new way to turn heat into useful energy

Glowing light bulb (stock image). Credit: © BillionPhotos.com / Adobe Stock An international team of scientists has figured out how to capture heat and turn it into electricity. The discovery, published last week in the journal Science Advances, could create more efficient energy generation from heat in things like car exhaust, interplanetary space probes and…
did-mosasaurs-do-the-breast-stroke?

Did mosasaurs do the breast stroke?

Illustration of an extinct mosasaur (stock image). Credit: © dottedyeti / Adobe Stock Mosasaurs were true sea monsters of late Cretaceous seas. These marine lizards -- related to modern snakes and monitor lizards -- grew as long as fifty feet, flashed two rows of sharp teeth, and shredded their victims with enormous, powerful jaws. Now,…
machu-picchu:-ancient-incan-sanctuary-intentionally-built-on-faults

Machu Picchu: Ancient Incan sanctuary intentionally built on faults

Machu Picchu, Peru (stock image). Credit: © amadeustx / Adobe Stock The ancient Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu is considered one of humanity's greatest architectural achievements. Built in a remote Andean setting atop a narrow ridge high above a precipitous river canyon, the site is renowned for its perfect integration with the spectacular landscape. But…
cats-are-securely-bonded-to-their-people,-too

Cats are securely bonded to their people, too

Woman and cat (stock image). Credit: © Alena Ozerova / Adobe Stock Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent. But a study of the way domestic cats respond to their caregivers suggests that their socio-cognitive abilities and the depth of their human attachments have been underestimated. The findings reported in the journal Current…
us-and-canada-have-lost-more-than-1-in-4-birds-in-the-past-50-years

US and Canada have lost more than 1 in 4 birds in the past...

Three swallows on a branch (stock image). Credit: © nataba / Adobe Stock A study published today in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, signaling a widespread ecological crisis. The results show tremendous losses across diverse…

US and Canada have lost more than 1 in 4 birds in the past...

Three swallows on a branch (stock image). Credit: © nataba / Adobe Stock A study published today in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, signaling a widespread ecological crisis. The results show tremendous losses across diverse…
plasma-flow-near-sun’s-surface-explains-sunspots,-other-solar-phenomena

Plasma flow near sun’s surface explains sunspots, other solar phenomena

Sunspots on sun's surface (stock image). Credit: © astrobobo / Adobe Stock For 400 years people have tracked sunspots, the dark patches that appear for weeks at a time on the sun's surface. They have observed but been unable to explain why the number of spots peaks every 11 years. A University of Washington study…
electric-tech-could-help-reverse-baldness

Electric tech could help reverse baldness

Balding man's head (stock image). Credit: © Paul Maguire / Adobe Stock Few things on earth strike fear into the hearts of men more profoundly than hair loss. But reversing baldness could someday be as easy as wearing a hat, thanks to a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.…
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Antimicrobial resistance is drastically rising

Chickens (stock image). Credit: © Alexbedoya / Adobe Stock The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products. In Africa, meat consumption has risen by…
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The best of two worlds: Magnetism and Weyl semimetals

Power lines (stock image). Credit: © bohbeh / Adobe Stock Imagine a world in which electricity could flow through the grid without any losses or where all the data in the world could be stored in the cloud without the need for power stations. This seems unimaginable but a path towards such a dream has…

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