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Mars’ hidden water store looks like a mirage

Mars’ hidden water store looks like a mirage

Those who dream of possibly terraforming Mars for human habitation have placed a lot of hope on the Red Planet currently containing water, as it would lend validity to the theory that it could continue to retain water (and an atmosphere) under the right conditions. However, a new study from researchers at both the University of Texas and University Grenoble Alpes, published by Geophysical Research Letters in AGU Journals (American Geophysical Union), suggests that what scientists thought was water may not actually be, well, water.

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Oxford warns mild COVID can reduce cognitive performance for months

Oxford warns mild COVID can reduce cognitive performance for months

Mild cases of COVID-19 that don't result in obvious "long COVID" symptoms may still trigger memory and attention problems, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. Though participants who'd previously had and recovered from mild COVID were found to have similar test results as the study's control group, there were two areas related to cognitive performance that were noticeably worse.

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This super-strong hybrid particle could upend electronics

This super-strong hybrid particle could upend electronics

Physicists with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have published a new study detailing their discovery of a hybrid particle, one comprised of an electron and phonon combined together in a way that allows them to behave as a single particle. The team refers to this bond between the two particles as "glue," explaining that it is 10 times stronger than any previously discovered hybrid of this kind.

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Cancer-targeting treatment “steps on the gas” to kill tumors

Cancer-targeting treatment “steps on the gas” to kill tumors

Many have heard of immunosuppressive drugs, which are a type of medication that suppresses the immune system, but lesser-known are immunostimulatory drugs, which stimulate the body's immune system. The latter is a potential solution for treating cancerous tumors, as the drugs trigger the immune system to attack the mutated cells. The problem? Ordinarily, such drugs could also cause the immune system to become overstimulated, attacking healthy cells with serious -- sometimes deadly -- consequences.

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Deep-brain stimulation leads to milestone discovery about memories

Deep-brain stimulation leads to milestone discovery about memories

Researchers from UT Southwestern made a discovery that holds the potential to help improve treatment for people with diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and those suffering from traumatic brain injury. During the research, the team identified characteristics of over 100 memory-sensitive neurons they believe play a role in how the brain recalls memories. Researcher Bradley Lega, M.D., believes the discovery could lead to new deep brain stimulation therapies for various brain injuries and diseases.

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This sun-like star just shot a warning flare at the future of humanity

This sun-like star just shot a warning flare at the future of humanity

Without the sun, life will we know it would be impossible. While the sun is over 91 million miles from Earth, its solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME) can significantly impact our planet. Recently researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder were researching a star system over 111 light-years away from our planet and observed something interesting.

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Microsoft’s DNA storage research just hit a huge milestone

Microsoft’s DNA storage research just hit a huge milestone

Microsoft has detailed a major breakthrough in its work on synthetic DNA storage, specifically on improving data throughput. The proof-of-concept is the subject of a new study from Microsoft Research and a team at the University of Washington's Molecular Information Systems Laboratory (MISL), paving the way for a future in which the world's data is stored on lab-made DNA, not tapes and hard drives.

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Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Google’s quantum processors take stable time crystals beyond just theory

Time crystals are back in the news, and not the ones from TimeSplitters. A study recently published in Nature builds upon previous research released earlier this year on time crystals, a new phase of matter that holds significant promise for the future of quantum computing. This time around, the researchers say Google's Sycamore quantum hardware was used to observe a stable time crystal.

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Scientists use AI to design self-replicating xenobots from frog cells

Scientists use AI to design self-replicating xenobots from frog cells

Last year, a team of scientists announced the development of "living robots," a new type of organism made using cells harvested from frog embryos. That same team is back with an update on these "robots," which they call xenobots, detailing a new scientific milestone: the ability to self replicate using existing cells.

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A well-preserved Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in an unlikely place

A well-preserved Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in an unlikely place

For much of recorded history, the landscape of landmasses worldwide has been constant and little changing. However, over the eons, the sea levels have risen and fallen depending on the environment on the planet. Thousands of years ago, some of the planet that's now covered in water was dry land, and ancient creatures roamed there freely. A group of researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute conducting deep-sea explorations off the coast of California made an interesting discovery.

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Vaping may increase risk of bone fractures even in young adults

Vaping may increase risk of bone fractures even in young adults

A new observational study has found a link between electronic cigarette use (vaping) and the potentially increased risk of fragility fractures, raising concerns over bone health. The link was found even in young users, according to the researchers behind the study, which also found that smoking and vaping combined may substantially increase the fracture risk.

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Case report reveals plant-based diet may relieve chronic migraines

Case report reveals plant-based diet may relieve chronic migraines

A number of studies and case reports have been published over the years that implicate plant-based diets as a way to reduce or eliminate certain chronic conditions. The latest example of this was recently published in BMJ Case Reports, a peer-reviewed publication, where doctors revealed that a plant-based diet full of dark green leafy vegetables offered a man relief from chronic migraines he'd suffered for more than a decade.

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