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Interstellar Molecules Are Branching Out
2014-09-27 08:50:36

Scientists have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space.

Region Of The Brain Discovered That Enables Children To Overcome Emotional Self-centeredness As They Mature
2014-05-28 10:18:06

Children are more egocentric than adults. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have demonstrated for the first time that children are also worse at putting themselves in other people’s emotional shoes.

Birds Accept And Raise Brood Parasites’ Young For Fear Of Retaliation
2014-04-18 14:50:57

mafia-like behaviour is observed in parasitic birds, which lay their eggs in other birds’ nests.

Liberia Is Home To The Second Largest Chimpanzee Population In West Africa
2014-04-10 12:30:18

When Liberia enters the news it is usually in the context of civil war, economic crisis, poverty or a disease outbreak such as the recent emergence of Ebola in West Africa. Liberia’s status as a biodiversity hotspot and the fact that it is home to some of the last viable and threatened wildlife populations in West Africa has received little media attention in the past.

2014-04-02 10:50:24

Sleep is essential for human health.

Jumping bristletail Lepismachilis y-signata
2014-03-30 03:00:54

Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land.

Flowering Plants Need Sugar Transporter SWEET9 For Nectar Production
2014-03-17 10:58:21

Evolution is based on diversity, and sexual reproduction is key to creating a diverse population that secures competitiveness in nature. Plants as largely immobile organisms had to solve a problem

Brake For Spinning Molecules
2014-03-13 15:39:05

The precise control of the rotational temperature of molecular ions opens up new possibilities for laboratory-based astrochemistry

Brain Activity During Slow-Wave-Sleep Differs Between Mammals And Birds
2014-03-05 10:40:23

When we drift into deep slow-wave sleep (SWS), waves of neuronal activity wash across our neocortex. Birds also engage in SWS, but they lack this particular brain structure.

Researchers Discover Gene Responsible For Dissected Leaves
2014-02-14 13:19:31

According to researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, the hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) has a particular gene to thank for its dissected leaves.


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Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.