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Monday, December 29, 2014

ScienceDaily: Most Popular News

ScienceDaily: Most Popular News

Twelve new genetic causes of developmental disorders

Posted: 25 Dec 2014 11:35 AM PST

Scientists have discovered 12 new genetic causes of developmental disorders.They will ultimately analyze data from 12,000 families. The article describes results from the first 1133 samples, which have increased the proportion of patients that can be diagnosed by 10 per cent.

The ants that conquered the world

Posted: 24 Dec 2014 07:31 AM PST

About one tenth of the world's ants are close relatives; they all belong to just one genus out of 323, called Pheidole. New research suggests that Pheidole evolved the same way twice, once to take over the New World, and then again to take over the Old World.

Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

Posted: 22 Dec 2014 05:53 PM PST

For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.

Methane is leaking from permafrost offshore Siberia

Posted: 22 Dec 2014 08:15 AM PST

Images of craters on Yamal Peninsula, caused by collapsing permafrost, have become world famous. But did you know that this permafrost extends to the ocean floor? And it is thawing.

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