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Artist's impression of reionisation period Credit: Amanda Smith, Institute of Astronomy

Variations in the ‘fogginess’ of the universe identify a milestone in cosmic history

The results, reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, have enabled astronomers to zero in on the time when reionisation ended...
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‘Fingerprint database’ could help scientists to identify new cancer culprits

Our DNA, the human genome, comprises of a string of molecules known as nucleotides. These are represented by the letters A, C, G and...
Location of neurons predicting partner’s choices superimposed on a stained section through one animal’s amygdala. Colours indicate different nuclei. Credit: Fabian Grabenhorst

Mindreading neurons simulate decisions of social partners

A previously unknown type of neuron has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge, that actively and spontaneously simulates mental decision processes...
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Maths anxiety?? Your parents and teachers are more responsible for it

Many students claim not to like math. But for some, the issue with math is more than simply disliking algebra or fractions. For some students,...
Deep brain stimulation may significantly improve OCD symptoms

Deep brain stimulation may significantly improve OCD symptoms

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of mental illness. People with OCD can have either obsessive thoughts and urges or compulsive, repetitive behaviors. This repetitive...
Icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland Credit: United Nations Photo

Sea ice acts as ‘pacemaker’ for abrupt climate change

The last glacial period was marked by pronounced millennial-scale variability in ocean circulation and global climate. Shifts in sea ice cover within the Nordic...
Mighty mites give scrawny beetles the edge over bigger rivals

Mighty mites give scrawny beetles the edge over bigger rivals

Social interactions within species and mutualism between species are both well characterized, but their influence on each other is poorly understood. In a new...
Macbook pro with dongle Credit: Theo Markettos

Most laptops vulnerable to attack via peripheral devices, study

Vulnerabilities were found in PCs with Thunderbolt ports running Windows, macOS, Linux, and FreeBSD. Numerous modern laptops and an expanding number of desktops areas...
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Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Scientists at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, have discovered that male butterflies have genes which give them...