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Game of Thrones struck by fresh leak

HBO blames a contractor for posting an unreleased episode to its Spanish and Nordic platforms. Continue reading ...

Roots of schizophrenia: Excess of methionine during pregnancy?

An abundance of an amino acid called methionine, which is common in meat, cheese and beans, may provide new clues to the fetal brain development that can manifest in schizophrenia, pharmacology researchers report. Continue reading ...

Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift

It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was replaced, it offered scientists the opportunity to study changes in the soil microbiome underneath. Continue reading ...

Biophysics explains how immune cells kill bacteria

A new data analysis technique, moving subtrajectory analysis defines the dynamics and kinetics of key molecules in the immune response to an infection. These biophysical descriptions are expected to clarify the TCR microcluster, an essential assembly for a T cell to initiate its attack on a pathogen. Continue reading ...

Smart electrical grids more vulnerable to cyber attacks

Electricity distribution systems in the USA are gradually being modernized and transposed to smart grids, which make use of two-way communication and computer processing. This is making them increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Continue reading ...

David Attenborough gains new species namesake

A new species of damselfly from the Cretaceous period has been named after the iconic naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough. Continue reading ...

Antifreeze to improve airplanes, ice cream and organ transplants

The design of airplane wings and storing organs for transplant could both become safer and more effective, thanks to a synthetic antifreeze which prevents the growth of ice crystals. Continue reading ...

Modelling human psychology

A human being's psychological make-up depends on an array of emotional and motivational parameters, such as desire, suffering or the need for security. In addition, it includes spatial and temporal dimensions that also play a key role in rationalizing the decisions we make and planning our actions. Continue reading ...

Brain tumor cells’ adaptation to oxygen deprivation mapped

The most aggressive variant of brain tumor – glioblastoma – has an average survival rate of 15 months. There is therefore an urgent need for new treatment strategies for this group of patients. A research team has now identified new factors which may affect the tumor cells’ ability to resist treatment. Continue reading ...

Predators preserve existing animal species

A new study increases knowledge of how boundaries and barriers are maintained between different species in the animal world. According to theory, crosses between two species, known as hybrids, may not survive encounters with natural predators to the same degree as their parents. Now, researchers show that reality confirms this theory. Continue reading ...

Navigation and spatial memory: New brain region identified to be involved

Navigation in mammals including humans and rodents depends on specialized neural networks that encode the animal’s location and trajectory in the environment, serving essentially as a GPS, findings that led to the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Failure of these networks to function properly, as seen in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions, results in severe disorientation and memory deficits. Researchers have now uncovered striking neural activity patterns in a brain area called the retrosplenial cortex that may assist with spatial memory and navigation. Continue reading ...

Genetic variants found to play key role in human immune system

It is widely recognized that people respond differently to infections. This can partially be explained by genetics, according to a new study. The findings offer novel insights into the genetic contribution to varying immune responses among individuals and its consequences on immune-mediated diseases. Continue reading ...

What does music mean? Sign language may offer an answer, new research concludes

How do we detect the meaning of music? We may gain some insights by looking at an unlikely source -- sign language -- a newly released linguistic analysis concludes. Continue reading ...

App iTrump wins trademark fight against Trump Organization

An app developer completes a series of trademark victories against the US president's company. Continue reading ...

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges

Uber was in trouble for not adequately securing both customer and driver data from hacking. Continue reading ...

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors

Japanese researchers have taught chimps the rules of rock-paper-scissors. Continue reading ...

Scotland’s largest solar farm gets green light

Elgin Energy is granted planning permission for a 20MW project near Urquhart in Moray Continue reading ...

Biosensing Chewing Gum for Oral Disease Detection: Study

The sensor is meant to trigger a bitter taste in the presence of inflammation-related enzymes. Continue reading ...

Image of the Day:Dial M for Murder

M proteins from Streptococcus bacteria selectively kill mouse macrophages and human macrophage-like cells by prompting cell death. Continue reading ...

What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors

Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye. Continue reading ...

‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ mystery solved

A dinosaur that seemed to be an evolutionary mishmash turns out to have a key place in history. Continue reading ...

Scientists discover a new flower of Shetland

The Shetland Monkeyflower has a bigger flower with a wider throat than its ancestors. Continue reading ...

LabQuiz: Are You a Cell Culture Expert?

Cell culture smarts are critical to the reproducibility of your research. Are you an inCelligent expert or just an amateur inCellectual? Take the quiz to get your rank! Continue reading ...

Cassini says goodbye to a true Titan

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini into the inner fringes of Saturn's rings. Continue reading ...

The key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves

Scientists are exploring how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant as the water supplies decline in major agricultural states. Continue reading ...

Trump tweets cartoon of train hitting CNN reporter

The US president also apparently accidentally retweeted a post by someone calling him "a fascist". Continue reading ...

Evidence does not support the use of gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain

Existing evidence on the use of gabapentinoids in chronic low back pain (CLBP) is limited, and demonstrates significant risk of adverse effects with no benefits on pain relief, according to a recent meta-analysis. Continue reading ...

Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree. Continue reading ...

Eating habits affect skin’s protection against sun

Sunbathers may want to avoid midnight snacks before catching some rays, new research recommends. A study in mice shows that eating at abnormal times disrupts the biological clock of the skin, including the daytime potency of an enzyme that protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Continue reading ...

Frogs that adapt to pesticides are more vulnerable to parasites

Amphibians can evolve increased tolerance to pesticides, but the adaptation can make them more susceptible to parasites, according to a team of scientists. Continue reading ...