Astronomers have located 63 previously unseen quasars, close to doubling the number of known quasars, all over 12 billion years old. The findings, scheduled to be published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, could help researchers learn more about the early universe.
The odd behavior of entangled particles continues to defy explanation, even when scientists disregard Einstein's theory of special relativity, according to a new study. Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland found that even if some hidden variable traveled instantaneously between entangled photons, it still doesn't explain particles' interconnection.
Wreckage of the HMS Terror, a ship that was lost during the Franklin Expedition's exploration of the Northwest Passage, has been located in Terror Bay near King William Island, Canada. The sunken vessel looks to be in pristine condition, suggesting it became stuck in the Arctic ice and was abandoned by its crew nearly 170 years ago, according to researchers, part of the worst sea exploration disaster in British history.
The Sakurajima volcano in Japan is showing signs it will unleash a major eruption within the next three decades, according to research published in Scientific Reports. Scientists used new techniques to map magma buildup, finding that the molten rock is moving into the volcano faster than it can be released in regular, small eruptions.
Ebola virus sometimes remains in the bodies of those who survived the devastating illness much longer than previously believed, sometimes well over a year, according to findings reported at a conference in Belgium. Scientists say it is important to continue tracking survivors to see how long the virus remains in their bodies and to find ways to block new outbreaks.
Moscow State University researchers report developing a method to make silicon nanoparticles glow through the use of radiation. These nanoparticles could be used to replace cadmium selenide and other semiconductor materials in quantum dot-based displays.
An analysis of the sounds in basic vocabulary words in 3,700 languages suggests that most human languages share some universal components. Because the studied words are among the first learned by children, researchers say these sounds could be key in helping children acquire language or an indication of how the brain learns or processes language.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $3 million to the University of Rhode Island to study the Canadian Arctic Northwest Passage. Researchers will travel on the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry to examine how climate change might be affecting the area.
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