Category: Science

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along the teeth of the ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus), which have the same biological origin and possibly similar function to the venom glands of snakes. As such, caecilians may represent the oldest land-dwelling vertebrate animal with oral venom glands. …read more

Scientific ‘red flag’ reveals new clues about our galaxy

Scientific ‘red flag’ reveals new clues about our galaxy

By determining how much energy permeates the center of the Milky Way, researchers have moved closer to understanding the power behind our galaxy. …read more

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children’s sleep problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children’s sleep for as much as a decade. …read more

Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass

Research reflects how AI sees through the looking glass

Intrigued by how reflection changes images in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, a team of researchers used artificial intelligence to investigate what sets originals apart from their reflections. Their algorithms learned to pick up on unexpected clues such as hair parts, gaze direction and, surprisingly, beards – findings with implications for training machine learning models and detecting faked images. …read more

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Researchers are advancing gas membrane materials to expand practical technology options for reducing industrial carbon emissions. …read more

New technique in which drugs make bacteria glow could help fight antibiotic resistance

New technique in which drugs make bacteria glow could help fight antibiotic resistance

A new technique could help reduce antibiotic prescribing by predicting which drugs could be effective in fighting bacteria within minutes. …read more

Does deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s increase risk of dementia?

Does deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s increase risk of dementia?

There’s good news for people with Parkinson’s disease. A new study shows that deep brain stimulation may not increase the risk of developing dementia. …read more

Fever-associated seizures after vaccination do not affect development, behavior

Fever-associated seizures after vaccination do not affect development, behavior

Now a new study has found there is no difference in developmental and behavioral outcomes for children who have febrile seizures after vaccination, children who have febrile seizures not associated with vaccination and children who have never had a seizure. …read more

Beacon from the early universe

Beacon from the early universe

Often described as cosmic lighthouses, quasars are luminous beacons that can be observed at the outskirts of the Universe, providing a rich topic of study for astronomers and cosmologists. Now scientists have announced the discovery of the second-most distant quasar ever found, at more than 13 billion lightyears from Earth. …read more

Higher concentration of metal in Moon’s craters provides new insights to its origin

Higher concentration of metal in Moon’s craters provides new insights to its origin

Life on Earth would likely not be possible without the Moon; it keeps our planet’s axis of rotation stable, which controls seasons and regulates our climate. However, there has been considerable debate over how the Moon was formed. The popular hypothesis contends that the Moon was formed by a Mars-sized body colliding with Earth’s upper crust which is poor in metals. But new research suggests the Moon’s subsurface is more metal-rich than previously thought, providing new insights that could challenge our understanding of that process. …read more