New evidence of how and when the Milky Way came together: Aging individual stars helped date an early merger event

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New research provides the best evidence to date into the timing of how our early Milky Way came together, including the merger with a key satellite galaxy. Using relatively new methods in astronomy, the researchers were able to identify the … Read More

Harvesting light like nature does: Synthesizing a new class of bio-inspired, light-capturing nanomaterials

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Inspired by nature, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), along with collaborators from Washington State University, created a novel material capable of capturing light energy. This material provides a highly efficient artificial light-harvesting system with potential applications in photovoltaics … Read More

The cerebellum may have played an important role in the evolution of the human brain: Study compares epigenetic modifications to DNA in the cerebellum of humans, chimpanzees and monkeys

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The cerebellum — a part of the brain once recognized mainly for its role in coordinating movement — underwent evolutionary changes that may have contributed to human culture, language and tool use. This new finding appears in a study by … Read More

Lightning and subvisible discharges produce molecules that clean the atmosphere

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Lightning bolts break apart nitrogen and oxygen molecules in the atmosphere and create reactive chemicals that affect greenhouse gases. Now, a team of atmospheric chemists and lightning scientists have found that lightning bolts and, surprisingly, subvisible discharges that cannot be … Read More

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