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Nov 23, 2018

UGA researchers discover genes that give vegetables their shape

Posted by in categories: food, genetics

From elongated oblongs to near-perfect spheres, vegetables come in almost every size and shape. But what differentiates a fingerling potato from a russet or a Roma tomato from a beefsteak?

Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have recently found the genetic mechanism that controls the shape of our favorite fruits, vegetables and grains.

In article published this month in the journal Nature Communications, Esther van der Knaap, professor of horticulture, and her team at UGA detail the genetic traits, shared by multiple plants that have been shown to control fruit, leaf and seed shape.

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Nov 23, 2018

Corals and their microbiomes evolved together, new research shows

Posted by in category: biological

Corals and the microbes they host evolved together, new research by Oregon State University shows.

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Nov 23, 2018

Amazing time-lapse video of a rocket launch… seen from space!

Posted by in category: space

INCREDIBLE time-lapse video of a rocket launching a resupply ship to the International Space Station… as seen from ISS itself!

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Nov 23, 2018

Stopping Cancer Cells in Their Tracks

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a technique to stop the movement of cancer cells. When cancer moves from a primary tumor to other sites in the body, it becomes far more dangerous to the patient, and that has driven scientists to work for years to learn more about how cancer cells migrate. This work, which was reported in Nature Communications, may help create therapeutics that can prevent cancer from spreading.

After targeting the “motors” that generate forces in cancer cells to move, the cancer cells switch to a dendritic or “flowing” response to follow pathways in tumors that drive cell migration and promote spreading of the cancer. / Credit: Tabdanov/Provenzano, University of Minnesota

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Nov 23, 2018

Riccardo Levi-Setti, Holocaust survivor who uncovered trilobites and subatomic particles, dies at 91

Posted by in category: particle physics

While on the run, he also developed a lifelong interest in fossils — possibly the result of scrambling across a fossil-filled rock pile while evading German patrols, his son said — and in physics.

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Nov 23, 2018

You’ve got to move fast on #BlackFriday2018 when there are limited quantities

Posted by in categories: cosmology, materials

Here’s a look at fast-moving jet material from the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole when a star wandered just a little too close: https://go.nasa.gov/2FAO1XB #BlackHoleFriday

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Nov 23, 2018

Inside the plans for Chinese mega-collider that will dwarf the LHC

Posted by in category: physics

Physicist Wang Yifang, the mastermind behind the project, gives Nature an update on plans for an ambitious facility.

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Nov 23, 2018

#SaveYourInternet

Posted by in category: futurism

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Article 13 could create enormous unintended consequences for everyone. We need to come together for a better solution. Learn more how to make your voice is heard

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Nov 23, 2018

Biggest Stars

Posted by in category: futurism

If the biggest stars ✨ in the known Universe replaced our Sun in the System.

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Nov 23, 2018

Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Is a Graveyard of Dead Continents

Posted by in category: futurism

The eastern section of Antarctica is buried beneath a thick ice sheet. Some scientists simply assumed that under that cold mass there was nothing more than a “frozen tectonic block,” a somewhat homogeneous mass that distinguished it from the mixed up geologies of other continents.

But with the help of data from a discontinued European satellite, scientists have now found that East Antarctica is in fact a graveyard of continental remnants. They have created stunning 3D maps of the southernmost continent’s tectonic underworld and found that the ice has been concealing wreckage of an ancient supercontinent’s spectacular destruction.

The researchers, led by Jörg Ebbing, a geophysicist at Kiel University in Germany, reported their discovery earlier this month in Scientific Reports.

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