Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought. Credit: © LanaK / Fotolia Newborns are much more attuned to the sounds of their native language

Dr. Ganesh Raj, left, Dr. Amy Li, and colleagues have identified a molecule that shuts down estrogen-sensitive breast cancer in a new way. Credit: UT Southwestern UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center researchers have shown that a first-in-class molecule can prevent breast cancer growth when traditional therapies stop working. First-in-class drugs are drugs that work by

Sit on Disney Research’s Magic Bench and you may have an elephant hand you a glowing orb. Or you might get rained on. Or a tiny donkey might saunter by and kick the bench. It’s a combined augmented and mixed reality experience, but not the type that involves wearing a head-mounted display or using a

The researchers assessed plants growing at different elevations in the same areas surveyed by botanists 50 years ago. Credit: Jeffrey Eble Comparing plant communities today with a survey taken 50 years ago, a UA-led research team is providing the first on-the-ground evidence for Southwestern plants being pushed to higher elevations by an increasingly warmer and

Left: the rigid top fractures on landing, while the top made of nine layers going from rigid to flexible remains intact. Credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego/Harvard University Engineers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have created the first robot with a 3D-printed body that transitions from a rigid core

This is the fossil of Saurichthys, a top predator among the Triassic fishes. Credit: Picture: UZH Some 252 million years ago the largest extinction event occurred at the end of the Permian age. It wiped out almost 90 percent of all life in water. So far researchers had assumed that the ecosystems gradually recovered from

A boy and his dog. Credit: © Christin Lola / Fotolia Dogs’ ability to communicate and interact with humans is one the most astonishing differences between them and their wild cousins, wolves. A new study published today in the journal Science Advances identifies genetic changes that are linked to dogs’ human-directed social behaviors and suggests

Grey squirrel (stock image). Credit: © fotogenix / Fotolia Squirrels can remember problem-solving techniques for long periods and can apply them to new situations, researchers have discovered. University of Exeter scientists found grey squirrels quickly remembered how to solve a problem they had not seen for almost two years. The squirrels also quickly worked out

Spider web. Credit: © Mikyimagenarte / Fotolia A team of architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge has designed super-stretchy and strong fibres which are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles, sensors and other materials. The fibres, which resemble miniature bungee cords as they can absorb large amounts

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef. Credit: © superjoseph / Fotolia Researchers from James Cook University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium say unprecedented oceanographic conditions in 2016 produced the perfect storm of factors that lead to a mass coral bleaching. JCU’s Professor Eric Wolanski said even in very warm years with

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