A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked

On some of the Galapagos Islands where human-introduced predators of Darwin’s finches were eradicated over a decade ago, the finches are still acting as though they are in danger, according to research published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 20, 2019 | cambridge
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Hunter-gatherers heated lake gunk to make ochre paint

Ancient artists used ochre, one of Earth's oldest materials, as a red paint, but researchers have only now figured out how they made it.

Eric Stann-Missouri | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: society-and-culture archaeology art colors hunter-gatherers paint

Cooper pairs reveal a new state of matter

Cooper pairs, electron duos that enable superconductivity, can also conduct electricity as normal metals do, researchers report.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology electricity electrons higgs-boson matter physics superconductors

Glowing bats show ‘contagious’ vaccines can fight rabies

A spreadable rabies vaccine could work better than the current policy of culling bats that spread the disease.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine bats fluorescence rabies vaccines

Trans kids and cis kids are both sure of their gender

Cisgender children tend to gravitate toward the toys, clothing, and friendships stereotypically linked with that gender. Transgender children do the same, research finds.

Kim Eckart-Washington | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: featured science-and-technology childrens-health gender identity lgbtq sexes transgender

Researcher looks at plaque to gain insight about the past

Christina Warinner says ancient dental plaque offers insights into diets, disease, dairying, and women’s roles of the period.

Peter Reuell | Nov. 19, 2019 | harvard
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Tags: science-technology anthropology basic-research christina-warinner dental-calculus fas gsas peter-reuell plaque

Trash talk from a robot dings human performance

Even mild trash talk from a robot is enough to throw people off their game, research finds. It's a test of how people react when robots aren't cooperative.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology communication competition robots

Tiny cell ‘bots’ could make drug delivery way more targeted

With more targeted drug delivery, doctors might not have to give patients larger doses of a drug to treat a specific part of the body.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-delivery proteins

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