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Mutations in this molecule may have helped mammoths tolerate the cold

Columbia University biomedical researchers have captured close-up views of TRPV3, a skin-cell ion channel that plays important roles in sensing temperature, itch, and pain. In humans, defects in the protein can lead to skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema), vitiligo (uneven skin coloration), skin cancer, and ... Read More »

Orphaned elephants have a tougher social life

Young female orphan elephants have a tougher social life than non-orphans, a new study suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence of how the impacts of poaching cascade through elephant societies. The research, part of a wider study by Save The Elephants and Colorado State University into the social ... Read More »

Robots have power to significantly influence children’s opinions

Young children are significantly more likely than adults to have their opinions and decisions influenced by robots, according to new research. The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both their peers and humanoid robots. ... Read More »

Meteorite bombardment likely to have created the Earth’s oldest rocks

Scientists have found that 4.02-billion-year-old silica-rich felsic rocks from the Acasta River, Canada — the oldest rock formation known on Earth — probably formed at high temperatures and at a surprisingly shallow depth of the planet’s nascent crust. The high temperatures needed to melt the shallow crust were likely caused ... Read More »

Easter Island’s society might not have collapsed

You probably know Easter Island as “the place with the giant stone heads.” This remote island 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile has long been seen as mysterious — a place where Polynesian seafarers set up camp, built giant statues, and then destroyed their own society through in-fighting and ... Read More »

PM on NRC: No citizen of India will have to leave the country

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed confidence that BJP will win the lok sabha elections next year by a bigger margin than in 2014. In an interview to a national daily, the Prime Minister dismissed ‘Mahagathbandhan’ as a failed idea, which cannot succeed because people want a strong and decisive government ... Read More »

Ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

Recent observations by NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes of ultrahot Jupiter-like planets have perplexed theorists. The spectra of these planets have suggested they have exotic — and improbable — compositions. However, a new study just published by a research team that includes Arizona State University astrophysicist Michael Line, an ... Read More »