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Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

For the first time, researchers have discovered the preserved remains of parasitic wasps -- including four extinct and previous unknown varieties -- in fly pupae fossils. Those four wasp species were endoparasites, a type of parasite that develops within the body of its host. True to its nature, the researchers have named one of the previous unknown parasitic wasp species Xenomorphia resurrecta, the genus of which is named after the parasitic aliens featured in the movie Aliens.

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Researchers trace fifth and most prominent way Higgs boson particles decay

Researchers trace fifth and most prominent way Higgs boson particles decay

Researchers from Princeton University have announced that they have traced the fifth and most prominent way that Higgs boson particles decay into other particles. The team says that the findings cap years of exploration into the particle and give them new pathways to study the physical laws governing the universe. The study looked at the way Higgs particle decays into two other particles called bottom quarks.

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Massive coral reef discovered 160-miles off the coast of South Carolina

Massive coral reef discovered 160-miles off the coast of South Carolina

Scientists have made a discovery of a massive coral reef lying about 160-miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. The discovery was recently announced but the reef itself is far from new. Scientists who discovered the reef say that it could have been lying about half a mile under the surface of the ocean for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. The discovery was made by a team aboard a research vessel called Atlantis last week.

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HP BioPrinters are helping the CDC speed up antibiotic testing

HP BioPrinters are helping the CDC speed up antibiotic testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with HP under a new pilot program involving BioPrinters. Four regional CDC labs are utilizing these HP BioPrinters to test new antibiotics at an accelerated rate, specifically focusing on drugs to fight against resistant bacteria. This is the first time regional labs will be able to rapidly test these new drugs.

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NASA astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is first to resign since 1968

NASA astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is first to resign since 1968

NASA has received its first astronaut candidate resignation since 1968, the space agency confirmed in a statement today. The decision was made by 2017 NASA astronaut candidate Robb Kulin who will be leaving the program by the end of the week due to personal reasons. Kulin was awarded one of 12 spots to undergo NASA's two-year astronaut training program.

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Extinct cave bear DNA lives on in modern brown bears

Extinct cave bear DNA lives on in modern brown bears

Extinct cave bear DNA is present in living brown bears, a new study reveals, shedding light on a hybridization that happened during the late Pleistocene era. The last cave bears died out about 25,000 years ago likely due to a combination of both human activity and natural climate change. Thanks to new research, though, we know that around 0.9- and 2.4-percent of modern brown bear DNA can be traced back to these extinct creatures.

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NASA’s colorful image shows glowing smoke and dust around the planet

NASA’s colorful image shows glowing smoke and dust around the planet

Anyone who lives in the western portion of the US knows that this has been a terrible wildfire season. Much of the state of Colorado has been engulfed in flames, often from the stupidity of campers burning fires during fire bans or people tossing lit cigarettes out of car windows. California has suffered from some of the same fire issues this summer.

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Melting Siberian permafrost reveals perfectly preserved ancient baby horse

Melting Siberian permafrost reveals perfectly preserved ancient baby horse

Researchers have revealed the discovery of a perfectly preserved baby horse dated between 30,000 and 40,000-years-old. The ancient foal was found in melting Siberian permafrost; researchers estimate it was only around two-months-old at the time of its death, the cause of which is unclear. This is the youngest prehistoric horse ever discovered.

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CDC approves nasal spray influenza vaccine for upcoming flu season

CDC approves nasal spray influenza vaccine for upcoming flu season

Over the past two years, the CDC has advised the public to avoid the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine, but things changed this year. The agency recently published its 2018 - 2019 flu season advisory, an update over the same report issued for the previous influenza season. This time around, the CDC says doctors can choose to administer the nasal spray vaccine when appropriate.

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MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

Modern films are typically packed with all sorts of CGI effects that sometimes are so good viewers can’t tell they are CGI at all. To get the CGI effects to look realistic is a difficult and time-consuming process. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new AI that can assist in image editing making the process faster and look better.

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Science says laziness may help species avoid extinction

Science says laziness may help species avoid extinction

A new study has found that laziness may be beneficial for the survival of a species from an evolutionary standpoint. The research comes out of the University of Kansas, where scientists studied extant bivalves and gastropods, finding that sluggishness -- that is, lower metabolic rates -- were associated with lower probability of extinction.

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Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

New research indicates that a simple non-invasive eye exam may one day offer the solution to detecting Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. The secret lies in the center of the retina, which may thin considerably in individuals with high levels of proteins associated with the disease. Researchers found signs of reduced blood flow, as well.

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