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How Genes Can Leap From Snakes to Frogs | Quanta Magazine

How Genes Can Leap From Snakes to Frogs | Quanta Magazine

When Genes Wander Horizontal transfer is commonplace in bacteria. The teeming single-celled organisms that populate nearly every cranny on the planet pick up genes from their environment as easily as a lint brush picks up cat hair. That’s one reason why bacterial resistance to antibiotics is widespread: Protective genes are passed around easily, and natural …

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NASA's Asteroid Probe Captures Haunting Images of the Earth and Moon

NASA’s Asteroid Probe Captures Haunting Images of the Earth and Moon

The Lucy spacecraft captured this image of Earth on October 15. Image: NASA NASA’s Lucy spacecraft got its first view of the Earth-Moon system one year after launching from its home planet to explore a distant swarm of asteroids. The spacecraft captured beautiful, and somewhat daunting, images of Earth and its natural satellite as it …

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The antenna array at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.

Huge HAARP antenna array is bouncing radio signals off Jupiter

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility, or HAARP, is in the midst of a wide-ranging science campaign that will see the facility bounce signals off the moon and Jupiter. HAARP consists of 180 antennas designed to transmit signals into the ionosphere, which stretches from 30 miles (48 kilometers) to 600 miles (965 km) above …

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Uranus moons beckon to plans for a NASA orbiter mission to the sideways world

Uranus is a strange world, knocked on its side and with a lopsided magnetic field. Its moons may be even stranger. Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recommended that the next flagship mission in planetary science — one costing perhaps $4 billion — should go to Uranus, with launch …

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Revolutionary technique to generate hydrogen more efficiently from water

Revolutionary technique to generate hydrogen more efficiently from water

A research team from the National University of Singapore comprising Associate Professor Xue Jun Min (centre), Dr Vincent Lee Wee Siang (left) and Mr Zhong Haoyin (left), has found that light can trigger a new electro-catalytic mechanism of water electrolysis. This groundbreaking discovery could improve affordability of hydrogen as source of clean energy. Credit: National …

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Curiosity Mars Rover takes a selfie at Quela drilling at Murray Buttes, Mount Sharp, Mars in this undated photo. Ancient bacteria might be sleeping beneath the surface of Mars, where it has been shielded from the harsh radiation of space for millions of years, according to new research.

Ancient microbes like ‘Conan the Bacterium’ may be sleeping beneath the surface of Mars

Curiosity Mars Rover takes a selfie at Quela drilling at Murray Buttes, Mount Sharp, Mars in this undated photo. Ancient bacteria might be sleeping beneath the surface of Mars, where it has been shielded from the harsh radiation of space for millions of years, according to new research. (S.E.A, NASA, JPL-Caltech, Alamy) Estimated read time: …

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Indian scientists shocked as government scraps nearly 300 awards

Indian scientists shocked as government scraps nearly 300 awards

Researchers say that scrapping awards will demoralize the scientific community.Credit: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg/Getty Indian scientists were surprised to learn that the government plans to scrap nearly 300 science awards. Although many researchers acknowledge problems in how award winners are selected, they say the decision to discontinue them without explanation is demotivating and will not fix the …

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Zebrafish Hair Cells

Scientists Identify a Unique Set of Proteins That Restore Hearing

Confocal image of adult zebrafish hair cells (green) in the auditory organ of the inner ear. Credit: Erin Jimenez, Ph.D. Edit Edit date and time A study demonstrates how transcription factors support cell regeneration. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified a particular protein network that is necessary for cell regeneration to restore …

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Ancient bacteria might be 'sleeping' beneath the surface of Mars | CNN

Ancient bacteria might be ‘sleeping’ beneath the surface of Mars | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  Ancient bacteria might be sleeping beneath the surface of Mars, where it has been shielded from the harsh radiation of space for millions of years, according to new research. While no evidence of …

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