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Scientists discover ‘sense of touch’ in bacteria

Scientists discover 'sense of touch' in bacteria

A study group at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum has now discovered that bacteria not only respond to chemical signals, but also possess a sense of touch. In their recent publication in “Science”, the researchers demonstrate how bacteria recognize surfaces and respond to this mechanical stimulus within seconds. This mechanism is also used by pathogens to colonize and attack their ... Read More »

Cryo-EM close-up image of a lithium metal dendrite (Video)

Cryo-EM close-up image of a lithium metal dendrite (Video)

Remarkable cryo-EM images of dendrites show details down to the individual atom, and will yield new insights into why high-energy batteries fail. Researchers have revealed new atomic-level images of the finger-like growths called dendrites that can breach battery compartment barriers, and go on to cause short circuits or even fires. Understanding more about these tiny protrusions is not only going ... Read More »

Electronic Patch-and-app system prevents premature ejaculation

Electronic Patch-and-app system prevents premature ejaculation

Virility Medical is a privately held Israeli medical device start-up company, committed to the development of climax control of premature ejaculation. The company is in advanced clinical stage, developing an intimate skin patch with neuromodulation capabilities. Premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual dysfunction, causing men to ejaculate in the first minute following penetration. The problem affects an estimated ... Read More »

Researchers Record First Observation of an Interstellar Object

Scientists Record First Observation of an Interstellar Object

A small, recently discovered asteroid – or perhaps a comet – appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first “interstellar object” to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. This unusual object – for now designated A/2017 U1 – is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) ... Read More »

Stanford research finds link between marijuana and sex

Stanford research finds link between marijuana and sex

Smoking a joint may lead to more than just the munchies and a buzz. According to a new study from Stanford University, pot smokers have significantly more sex than non-smokers —and the conclusions are pretty definitive. The findings, published online Oct. 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are based on an analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45. ... Read More »

Researchers Explain ‘Scratch Marks’ on Mars

Researchers Explain 'Scratch Marks' on Mars

If you saw this image out of context, you might be a bit perplexed. Is it some strange macro shot of eyelashes? A weird desert landscape? It’s actually a look at the Hellas Planitia on Mars, and it shows off some distinctive, surreal-looking lines. At around 2,200 kilometers in diameter, Hellas Planitia is the largest visible impact basin in the ... Read More »

10-year-old takes police on wild car chase up to 100 mph (Video)

10-year-old takes police on wild car chase up to 100 mph (Video)

A 10-year-old boy stole his family’s car and lead his parent and police on a chase that reached speeds near 100 mph. Authorities say no one was injured during the pursuit that began around 9:30am Thursday when Westlake police saw a car speed by chased by another vehicle, possibly driven by the boy’s mother, on Interstate 90 west of Cleveland. ... Read More »

Crashed alien spacecraft spotted on Mars?

Crashed alien spacecraft spotted on Mars?

A new video has emerged on the internet that claims to have found evidence of a crashed alien mothership on Mars’ surface. The images from the video were found in footage taken from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor – which surveyed the red planet until 2006 when the space agency lost contact with it. “I have processed, colorized and rebuilt the ... Read More »

Hockey research suggests injured kids sent back on ice too soon

Hockey research suggests injured kids sent back on ice too soon

Young hockey players who have suffered concussions may still show changes in the white matter of the brain months after being cleared to return to play, researchers at Western University have found through sophisticated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques. “During the early teen years, the brain is still not fully developed and as it continues to grow and mature, it ... Read More »

The Dehydration of Water Worlds via ‘Atmospheric Losses’

The Dehydration of Water Worlds via 'Atmospheric Losses'

There are currently about fifty known exoplanets with diameters that range from Mars-sized to several times the Earth’s and that also reside within their stars’ habitable zone – the orbital range within which their surface temperatures permit water to remain liquid. A “water world” is an extreme case, an exoplanet defined as being covered by a deep ocean, perhaps as ... Read More »

Stephen Hawking’s thesis crashes university website, Report

Stephen Hawking's thesis crashes university website, Report

Interest in “Properties of Expanding Universes” is at an all-time high: Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis of that name crashed Cambridge University’s open-access repository on the first day the document was posted online. When an unknown physics student submitted his completed PhD thesis in 1966 he had no idea thousands would still be clamouring to read it more than 50 years ... Read More »