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How black holes stop galaxies from making stars

New evidence could help explain how some massive black holes shut down a galaxy’s ability to make new stars.

Rest your mind the right way to boost learning

Scientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information.

Milk fat detector uses fluorescent dye

Scientists are building a fluorescent sensor that can rapidly identify the presence of fat in milk. The device, called “Milk Orange,” could one day be useful to milk producers in developing countries.

Super high-res MRI detects single atom

For the first time, researchers have detected a single hydrogen atom using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Diabetes may raise risk for heart valve disease

There appears to be a link between high blood sugar and heart valve hardening. Scientists discovered that feeding cells that support heart valves too much glucose slows the cells down.

Different squid evolved to glow in similar way

New research with cephalopods offers a preliminary answer to the question of whether of evolution is predictable.

Everybody gains when larvae ‘follow the leader’

If insect larvae follow a leader while foraging for food, both the leaders and their followers grow much faster than if the group is all followers or all leaders.

Therapy cures hearing loss from loud noises

Scientists restored hearing to mice that were partly deafened by noise. They did it by increasing a key protein in their ears.

Weird interior of Saturn’s moon makes it wobble

A slight wobble detected in Saturn’s moon Mimas suggests its icy surface is covering either an odd-shaped rocky core or a sloshing ocean.

Tiniest particles melt and then turn into ‘Jell-O’

The fact that microscopic particles known as polymers and colloids will melt as temperatures rise was no surprise to scientists.

Why some ‘green’ buildings have stinky water

Cost and environmental impact are two reasons to install plastic pipes in buildings, but research shows they can put chemicals in drinking water and cause unpleasant odors.

Aches after exercise might predict chronic pain

Scientists know that exercise helps the body tolerate pain. But some feel more benefits than others. A new study reports that rats displaying the least sensitivity after running on a treadmill are also less likely to develop pain after a nerve injury.

Web app is like ‘Google maps’ for the brain

A new online tool for scientists and doctors called Golgi makes it easy to explore the brain of a rat.

You’d be lost without your ‘mental compass’

New research shows how our brains anchor the “mental compass.” Without this complex system for keeping track of which direction you’re facing as you move around, remembering how to get around would be impossible.

‘Starfish’ crystals could lead to 3D-printed pills

Engineers have figured out how to make rounded crystals with no facets, a design that mimics the hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells.

Signs of autism by 18 months in younger siblings

About 20 percent of children who have older siblings with autism also develop the disorder. Of those children, 57 percent show symptoms as early as 18 months.

Volcanoes offer ‘time-lapse’ clues to early Earth

Samoan volcanoes have yielded evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth.

How energy loss can make lasers more intense

Energy loss in optical systems, such as lasers, is a chief hindrance to their performance and efficiency and it occurs on an ongoing, frustrating basis.

Staph bacteria gang up to outsmart antibiotics

Relatively harmless bacteria can turn deadly when they start sharing resources with their “friends,” new research shows.

Does IBS cause men more social trouble?

A new study suggests that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes more interpersonal difficulties for men than for women.