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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  • 4 things to know about Monday’s eclipse August 18, 2017
    A total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the continental United States on Monday. Your next chance to see such an event in the US won’t occur until April 8, 2024. Solar eclipses occur during the new moon, when the moon is directly between the Earth and sun, causing the disk of the […]
  • Internet nastiness may affect who gets political August 18, 2017
    College students who are highly tolerant of incivility are much more likely to comment on political news stories online, engage in online political discussions, and express support on social media for political candidates or issues, research finds. “We know, anecdotally, that communication on the internet can be nasty. It’s anonymous, people say whatever they want […]