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Largest study of Asia’s rivers unearths 800 years of paleoclimate patterns

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813 years of annual river discharge at 62 stations, 41 rivers in 16 countries, from 1200 to 2012. That is what researchers at the...

The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape

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Until recently, scientists believed that only very massive nuclei could have excited zero-spin states of increased stability with a significantly deformed shape. Meanwhile, an...

Fish sex organs boosted under high CO2

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Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under...

Controlling the nanoscale structure of membranes is key for clean water, researchers find

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A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production...

Stretching diamond for next-generation microelectronics

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Diamond is the hardest material in nature. But out of many expectations, it also has great potential as an excellent electronic material. A joint...

A single gene ‘invented’ hemoglobin several times

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Thanks to the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii, an animal whose genes have evolved very slowly, scientists from CNRS, Université de Paris and Sorbonne Université,...

Electrons hop to it on twisted molecular wires

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Researchers at Osaka University synthesized twisted molecular wires just one molecule thick that can conduct electricity with less resistance compared with previous devices. This...

Order and disorder in crystalline ice explained

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A fascinating substance with unique properties, ice has intrigued humans since time immemorial. Unlike most other materials, ice at very low temperature is not...

Researchers publish review article on the physics of interacting particles

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Scientific articles in the field of physics are mostly very short and deal with a very restricted topic. A remarkable exception to this is...

Researchers achieve sustained, high-fidelity quantum teleportation

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A viable quantum internet—a network in which information stored in qubits is shared over long distances through entanglement—would transform the fields of data storage,...

Is forearm curvature in the ‘Little Foot’ Australopithecus natural or pathological?

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The 3.67-million-year-old StW 573 ("Little Foot") Australopithecus from Sterkfontein, South Africa, is the most complete skeleton known in the hominin fossil record.  Its discoverers...
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