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Top Science News
January 10, 2020

African grey parrots (stock image). | Credit: (c) PinkBlue /

African Grey Parrots ‘Lend a Wing’

Caenorhabditis elegans (stock image). | Credit: (c) heitipaves /

Extending Lifespan by 500 Percent

Medical report (stock image). | Credit: (c) LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS /

Cancer Mortality Continues Steady Decline

This illustration of TOI 700 d is based on several simulated environments for an ocean-covered version of the planet. | Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Earth-Size Habitable-Zone Exoplanet Found

 People and other great apes are known for their willingness to help others in need, even strangers. Now, researchers have shown for the first time that some birds — and specifically African grey … read more 
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updated 9:45pm EST

Health News
January 10, 2020

Illustration of cells (stock image). | Credit: (c) nobeastsofierce /

A New Gene Therapy Strategy

Person using mobile phone (stock image). | Credit: (c) leungchopan /

When It’s Good to Get the Blues

Illustration of mitochondria (stock image). | Credit: (c) RAJCREATIONZS /

Mitochondria: ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’

Illustration of Zika virus in blood (stock image). | Credit: (c) Kateryna_Kon /

Breakthrough in Zika Virus Vaccine

 Scientists have developed a new gene-therapy technique by transforming human cells into mass producers of tiny nano-sized particles full of genetic material that has the potential to reverse disease … read more 
Latest Health Headlines
updated 9:45pm EST

Physical/Tech News
January 10, 2020

This image shows one of the gas halos newly observed with the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope superimposed to an older image of a galaxy merger obtained with ALMA. The large-scale halo of hydrogen gas is shown in blue, while the ALMA data is shown in orange. | Credit: ESO/Farina et al.; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Decarli et al.

Black Holes’ Breakfast at the Cosmic Dawn

This image of the inner galaxy color codes different types of emission sources by merging microwave data (green) mapped by the Goddard-IRAM Superconducting 2-Millimeter Observer (GISMO) instrument with infrared (850 micrometers, blue) and radio observations (19.5 centimeters, red). Where star formation is in its infancy, cold dust shows blue and cyan, such as in the Sagittarius B2 molecular cloud complex. Yellow reveals more well-developed star factories, as in the Sagittarius B1 cloud. Red and orange show where high-energy electrons interact with magnetic fields, such as in the Radio Arc and Sagittarius A features. An area called the Sickle may supply the particles responsible for setting the Radio Arc aglow. Within the bright source Sagittarius A lies the Milky Way's monster black hole. The image spans a distance of 750 light-years. | Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Cosmic ‘Candy Cane’ in Center of Galaxy

Solar panels mounted on ground (stock image). | Credit: (c) liptakrobi /

Solar Power from ‘The Dark Side’

Composite view of an observation showing thousands of galaxies in radio light and the MeerKAT radio telescope array in the South African Karoo semidesert. The brightest spots are luminous radio galaxies powered by supermassive black holes. The myriad faint dots are distant galaxies like our own Milky Way, too faint to have been detected before now. Because radio waves travel at the speed of light, this image is a time machine that samples the star formation history of the universe. | Credit: SARAO; NRAO/AUI/NSF

Star Formation History of the Universe

 Astronomers have observed reservoirs of cool gas around some of the earliest galaxies in the universe. These gas halos are the perfect food for supermassive black holes at the center of these … read more 
Latest Physical/Tech Headlines
updated 9:45pm EST

Environment News
January 10, 2020

Illustration of Earth's core (stock image; elements furnished by NASA). | Credit: (c) Vadimsadovski /

Scientists Find Iron ‘Snow’ in Earth’s Core

Dog and chalkboard addition (stock image). | Credit: (c) jivimages /

Dog and Human Counting: Similar Brain Region

Rice plant (stock image). | Credit: (c) apisitwilaijit29 /

Grain Traits: ‘Dark Matter’ of Rice Genome

Homo erectus skull (stock image). | Credit: (c) stockdevil /

Age of Last Known Settlement of Homo Erectus

 The Earth’s inner core is hot, under immense pressure and ‘snow’-capped, according to new research that could help scientists better understand forces that affect the entire planet. The snow is made … read more 
Latest Environment Headlines
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Society/Education News
January 10, 2020

Melting icebergs by the coast of Greenland (stock image). | Credit: (c) kavring /

Greenland Ice Losses Rising Faster

Drought in a corn field (stock image). | Credit: (c) Scott /

Jet Stream Waves: Risk to Food Production

Emissions from chimneys into air (stock image). | Credit: (c) OlgaKorica /

Reducing Air Pollution: Big Health Benefits

Illustration of BPA molecular structure (stock image). | Credit: (c) Zerbor /

BPA Levels in Humans Underestimated: Study

 Greenland is losing ice seven times faster than in the 1990s and is tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s high-end climate warming scenario, which would see 40 million more people … read more 
Latest Society/Education Headlines
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