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Researchers have determined how satellite DNA, considered to be “junk DNA”, plays a crucial role in holding the genome together. Their findings, published recently in the journal eLife, indicate that this genetic “junk” performs the vital function of ensuring that chromosomes bundle correctly inside the cell’s nucleus, which is necessary for cell survival. And this function appears
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Not everyone is a weather enthusiast. But ever since I was old enough to start forming memories, I’ve been fascinated – even obsessed – with weather. For my seventh-grade science fair project, I predicted the weather for a week using nothing but homemade materials, including a simple barometer and hygrometer.   I was pretty darned
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Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on beaches with similar magnetic fields are genetically similar to one another, according to a new study. “Loggerhead sea turtles are fascinating creatures that begin their lives by migrating alone across the Atlantic Ocean and back,” says Kenneth Lohmann, professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
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Locking up super-secret information with digital encryption has become even more secure with the production of numbers that aren’t just ‘nearly random’, but are truly unpredictable in every sense of the word.   Using the data generated by a three-year-old experiment on quantum entanglement, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently generated
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The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward.   Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement. Once complete,
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The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass.   The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation has declined in strength by 15 percent since the mid-20th century