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Researchers use AI to detect schools of herring from acoustic data

Tracking the health of underwater species is critical to understanding the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process — biologists conduct studies with echosounders that use sonar to determine water and object depth, and they manually interpret the resulting 2D echograms. These interpretations are often prone to error and require …

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Neanderthal, Denisovan DNA Found Near Autism Genes in Modern Humans

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. One of the most interesting questions of hominin evolution is exactly how much of our vanished cousins remains in us. Between 1-4 percent of the modern human genome is derived from Neanderthals everywhere but sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, between 4-6 …

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How do you weigh a live whale?

Ever wondered how it’s possible to weigh a live whale in a non-invasive way? Dr Fredrik Christiansen, assistant professor of marine biology at Aarhus University, has – and he found an answer. Whales are the largest animals on the planet and important predators in the marine ecosystem. As a marine biologist, I have been lucky …

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Super-Resolution Microscope Sees Virus Particles Moving Through Cell

This image taken by the new microscope shows a living bone cancer cell with nucleus (blue), mitochondria (green) and cytoskeleton (magenta). Bielefeld University/W. Hübner When you want to look at something small up close, you use a microscope. And when you want to look at something really really small, you use a super-resolution microscope. These …

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Looking for your next non-fiction read? Check out these top science books

These six stories of science and discovery are in the running to win ‘the Booker Prize of science writing’. Six writers are in the running for The Royal Society Science Book Prize 2019. The annual award of £25,000 honours popular science books from around the world, all of which are aimed at non-specialist readers. Seen …

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New CRISPR Method Advances the Clock for Genetic Editing

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Credit: Getty Images If genetic editing wasn’t crazy enough for your reality, a recent breakthrough in CRISPR technology has paved the way for editing entire gene networks in a single step.  While this discovery will likely shorten the timeframes required …

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