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Top Science News
February 8, 2020

Abstract beams of light (stock image). | Credit: (c) Sozh /

Controlling Light With Light

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Catching Cancer-Causing Culprits

Sunlight and leaves (stock image). | Credit: (c) Elena Volkova /

Scientists Unravel Mystery of Photosynthesis

W. M. Keck Observatory (stock image). | Credit: (c) Daniel Gillies /

Monster Galaxy in Very Early Universe

 Scientists have solved a critical part of the mystery of photosynthesis, focusing on the initial, ultrafast events through which photosynthetic proteins capture light and use it to initiate a series … read more 
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Health News
February 8, 2020

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‘Parentese’ Boosts Baby Language Development

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Estimating Spread of New Coronavirus

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Boosting Spinal Cord Injury Repair Efforts

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Brain Networks Come ‘Online’ During Teen Years

 New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at … read more 
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Physical/Tech News
February 8, 2020

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Solar Wind Interactions Beyond Earth Orbit

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the sun's surface ever taken. In this picture, taken at 789 nanometers (nm), we can see features as small as 30km (18 miles) in size for the first time ever. The image shows a pattern of turbulent, 'boiling' gas that covers the entire sun. The cell-like structures -- each about the size of Texas -- are the signature of violent motions that transport heat from the inside of the sun to its surface. Hot solar material (plasma) rises in the bright centers of 'cells,' cools off and then sinks below the surface in dark lanes in a process known as convection. In these dark lanes we can also see the tiny, bright markers of magnetic fields. Never before seen to this clarity, these bright specks are thought to channel energy up into the outer layers of the solar atmosphere called the corona. These bright spots may be at the core of why the solar corona is more than a million degrees. | Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF

Unprecedented Detail of the Sun’s Surface

Solar panels against night sky background (stock image). | Credit: (c) abriendomundo /

A Photovoltaic Cell That Works at Night

Quantum computing concept (stock image). | Credit: (c) vchalup /

Storing Quantum Info On Coupled Quantum Dots

 Researchers have for the first time created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots — tiny islands of confined electric charge that act like … read more 
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Environment News
February 8, 2020

Aurora borealis definition (stock image). | Credit: (c) sharafmaksumov /

New Form of the Northern Lights

Antarctica illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) conceptcafe /

Record Warm Water in Antarctica: Glacier Melt

Squid (stock image). | Credit: (c) Francesco /

MRI-Based Mapping of the Squid Brain

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Secrets of Regeneration in Axolotls

 If scientists can find the genetic basis for the axolotl’s ability to regenerate, they might be able to find ways to restore damaged tissue in humans. But they have been thwarted in the attempt by … read more 
Latest Environment Headlines
updated 3:25pm EST

Society/Education News
February 8, 2020

Water coming over road in Kemah, Texas during Hurricane Harvey (stock image). | Credit: (c) eric /

Sea Level Rise Could Reshape the United States

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Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gas Have Grown

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Cancer Mortality Continues Steady Decline

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Greenland Ice Losses Rising Faster

 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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