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Invasive New Guinea flatworm discovered in France

One of the 100 worst invasive alien species in the world now found in Europe One of the consequences of globalization and increased worldwide freight...

Physicists produce a potentially revolutionary material: Artificial graphene

A new breed of ultra thin super-material has the potential to cause a technological revolution. "Artificial graphene" should lead to faster, smaller and lighter...

Attractive professional cyclists are faster

In a range of species, females show clear preferences when it comes to the choice of their partner – they decide on the basis...

Science probes mysteries of jets from giant black holes

There are supermassive black holes -- with masses up to several billion solar masses -- at the hearts of almost all galaxies in the...

Uniformity: the secret of better fusion ignition

One of the ways to achieve thermonuclear fusion is through a controlled reaction between two light variants of hydrogen, called deuterium and tritium. Mauro Temporal,...

Neandertals, not modern humans, made first specialized bone tools in Europe

One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, Davis, paleoanthropology lab when she...

French Tour de France cyclists live longer than their non-cyclist countrymen

French participants in the Tour de France between 1947-2012 lived longer than their same-age French counterparts according to the results of a study marking...

Treating oil spills with chemical dispersants: Is the cure worse than...

Treating oil spills at sea with chemical dispersants is detrimental to European sea bass. A new study, to be presented at the Society for...

Elemental ‘cookbook’ guides efficient thermoelectric combinations

A repository developed by Duke University engineers that they call a "materials genome" will allow scientists to stop using trail-and-error methods for combining electricity-producing materials called "thermoelectrics." Thermoelectri...

Vampire star reveals its secrets

Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion. By combining the light captured by four telescopes at ESO's Paranal Observatory they created a virtual telescope 130 metres across with vision 50 times sharper than the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Surprisingly, the new results show that the transfer of mass from one star to the other in this double system is gentler than expected.

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