How do birds get their colors?

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Birds’ feathers, or plumage, are some of the most strikingly variable animal characteristics that can be observed by the naked eye. The patterns that we see in birds’ feathers are made up of intricate combinations of mottles, scales, bars, and spots. But, how are these colors and ...

Too much information can be a good thing

Informatics
In the world of health care, the phrase “too much information” — or TMI — can be a serious problem. If you Google “How to prevent cancer,” for example, you will find list after list of websites claiming to have the winning strategy, with some plans presenting ...

No longer lost in translation

Medicine
LA JOLLA, CA–Mouse models have advanced our understanding of immune function and disease in many ways but they have failed to account for the natural diversity in human immune responses. As a result, insights gained in the lab may be lost in translation. In their latest study, ...

Studies help understand why some people are so sure they’re ...

Antropology
Dogmatic individuals hold confidently to their beliefs, even when experts disagree and evidence contradicts them. New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society. Two studies examine the personality characteristics that drive ...

Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Ecology
DURHAM, N.C. — The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of harmful particulate matter inside car cabins was found to be twice as high as previously believed. ...

First light for MEGARA instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias

Astronomy
The first light for MEGARA, the new instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), will allow the study of the chemical composition and dynamics of galaxies in different times of the universe. MEGARA has been built by a consortium of national and international institutions, led by the ...

North American monsoon storms fewer but more extreme

Ecology
Monsoon season now brings more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than in the past, according to new research led by the University of Arizona. Although there are now fewer storms, the largest monsoon thunderstorms bring heavier rain and stronger winds than did the ...

Similar improvements between speech language therapy delivered online and in-person

Medicine
Telerehabilitation helps healthcare professionals reach more patients in need, but some worry it doesn’t offer the same quality of care as in-person treatment. This isn’t the case, according to recent research by Baycrest. The study, published in the journal Aphasiology, found that patients who accessed speech language ...
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  • Site aims to correct how you view the Middle Ages August 8, 2017
    The Middle Ages produced a staggering wealth of literary works in dozens of languages that spanned nearly 1,000 years. But no English translation has been available until now. The Global Medieval Sourcebook (GMS) is an online, interactive, and open source collection of medieval texts and their translations. It primarily features shorter pieces—and offers non-experts a […]
  • Scary prehistoric worm used head spines to grab prey August 7, 2017
    Researchers have identified a small marine predator that once patrolled the ocean floor and grabbed its prey with 50 spines deployed from its head as a brand new genus and species. They identified the four-inch long creature, named Capinatator praetermissus, based on 50 specimens from the fossil-rich Burgess Shale in British Columbia. “This is the […]