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Alma, ALMA telescope, Galaxies, Dark Matter, reionization

ALMA Finds Massive Primordial Galaxies Swimming in Vast Ocean of Dark Matter


ALMA observations push back the epoch of massive-galaxy formation even further by identifying two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5 percent its current age.



Alzheimer's Disease, alzheimer disease, APOE, Amyloid Beta

Alzheimer’s Damage in Mice Reduced with Compound That Targets APOE Gene


People who carry the APOE4 genetic variant face a substantial risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a compound that targets the APOE protein in the brains of mice and protects against damage induced by the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta. The findings suggest that APOE could potentially be a target for treatment or prevention.



FAA, Drones, UAV, UAE, Aircraft, Airplane

Study Finds Drones More Damaging Than Bird Strikes to Planes


As part of a multi-institution Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) study focused on unmanned aerial systems, researchers at The Ohio State University are helping quantify the dangers associated with drones sharing airspace with planes.



Brain, Neuroscience, Cortex, Neurons, Carnivora, Dogs, Cats, Bears, Raccoons, Intelligence, Evolution

Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study Finds Dogs Are Brainier Than Cats

The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more neurons than cats.



There's a Deeper Fish in the Sea


A new fish species, the deepest in the ocean, was discovered and named by an international team of researchers. The team published a paper describing the Mariana snailfish this week in the journal Zootaxa.



Alma, ALMA telescope, Star Formation, supermassive black hole

ALMA Discovers Infant Stars Surprisingly Near Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole


ALMA has revealed the telltale signs of eleven low-mass stars forming perilously close — within three light-years — to the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.



Neutrino, Physics, Astrophysics, Antarcica, South Pole, Particle Physics, Standard Model, Astronomy

Icebound Detector Reveals How Ghostly Neutrinos Are Stopped Cold

Famously, neutrinos, the nearly massless particles that are a fundamental component of the universe, can zip through a million miles of lead without skipping a beat. Now, in a critical measurement that may one day help predict new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics — the model that seeks to explain the fundamental forces of the universe — an international team of researchers with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory has shown how energized neutrinos can be stopped cold as they pass through the Earth.


Social and Behavioral Sciences


social withdrawal, solitude, avoidance behavior, Thoreau, Behavioral, Creativity, Shyness, unsociability, Merton

Study: Non-Fearful Social Withdrawal Linked Positively to Creativity


Everyone needs an occasional break, though spending too much time alone can be unhealthy and there is growing evidence that the psychosocial effects of too much solitude can last a lifetime. But newly published research by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that not all forms of social withdrawal are detrimental. In fact, the research findings published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggest that one form of social withdrawal, referred to as unsociability, is not only unrelated to negative outcomes, but linked positively to creativity.



climate adaptation, Oxygenation, Ordovician Period, Biodiveristy

Rise in Oxygen Levels Link to Ancient Explosion of Life, Researchers Find

A team of researchers, including a faculty member and postdoctoral fellow from Washington University in St. Louis, found that oxygen levels appear to increase at about the same time as a three-fold increase in biodiversity during the Ordovician Period, between 445 and 485 million years ago, according to a study published Nov. 20 in Nature Geoscience.



Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array , Galaxies, starburst galaxies

Duo of Titanic Galaxies Captured in Extreme Starbursting Merger

New observations with ALMA have uncovered the never-before-seen close encounter between two astoundingly bright and spectacularly massive galaxies in the early universe.

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