Physicists Are Startled by This Magnetic Material That ‘Freezes’ When Heated

Physicists Are Startled by This Magnetic Material That 'Freezes' When Heated

When disordered magnetic materials are cooled to just the right temperature, something interesting happens. The spins of their atoms ‘freeze’ and lock into place in a static pattern, exhibiting cooperative behavior not usually displayed. Now for the first time, physicists have seen the opposite. When fractionally heated, the naturally occurring magnetic element neodymium freezes, turning … Read more

The Largest Alcohol Molecule Found in Space Yet May Be The Key to Star Formation

The Largest Alcohol Molecule Found in Space Yet May Be The Key to Star Formation

There’s alcohol up in space. No, it’s not bottles of wine discarded by careless astronauts; rather, it’s in microscopic molecular form. Now researchers think they’ve discovered the largest alcohol molecule in space yet, in the form of propanol. Propanol molecules exist in two forms, or isomers, both of which have now been identified in observations: … Read more

A Deadly Fungus Has Been Having Sneaky Sex, And It Could Bode Ill For Humans

A Deadly Fungus Has Been Having Sneaky Sex, And It Could Bode Ill For Humans

In 2009, a never-before-seen yeast emerged from the ear canal of a 70-year-old Japanese lady. Unfortunately, this yeast – known as candida auris – is a health threat, having now spread around the world and become resistant to multiple drugs. A new study now shows it also reproduces in an unexpected way. C. auris isn’t … Read more

Astronomers Found a Crater From The Mystery Rocket That Smashed Into The Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – NASA’s eye-in-the-sky in orbit around the Moon – has found the crash site of the mystery rocket booster that slammed into the far side of the Moon back on 4 March 2022. The LRO images, taken May 25th, revealed not just a single crater, but a double crater formed … Read more

Breast Cancer Spreads More Aggressively at Night, Startling New Study Finds

Breast Cancer Spreads More Aggressively at Night, Startling New Study Finds

When people with metastatic breast cancer close their eyes at night, their cancer awakes and starts to spread. That’s the striking finding from a paper published in Nature this week that overturns the assumption that breast cancer metastasis happens at the same rate around the clock. The result may change the way that doctors collect … Read more

Research Suggests There’s a Big Overlooked Benefit of Having Dyslexia

Research Suggests There's a Big Overlooked Benefit of Having Dyslexia

The modern world is stitched together by threads of written language. For those with the reading disorder dyslexia, the endless tangle of words can feel like an obstacle to survival. Long framed purely as a learning disorder, the neurological condition that makes the decoding of text so difficult could also benefit individuals and their community … Read more

An Ancient Killer Is Rapidly Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Warn

An Ancient Killer Is Rapidly Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics, Scientists Warn

Typhoid fever might be rare in developed countries, but this ancient threat, thought to have been around for millennia, is still very much a danger in our modern world. According to new research, the bacterium that causes typhoid fever is evolving extensive drug resistance, and it’s rapidly replacing strains that aren’t resistant. Currently, antibiotics are … Read more

Scientists Detect Intriguing Differences in The Eyes of Children With Autism And ADHD

Scientists Detect Intriguing Differences in The Eyes of Children With Autism And ADHD

When it comes to neurodevelopmental conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the earlier and more accurate the diagnosis the better – it means more time for treatment and symptom management, and often a diagnosis provides people with a far better understanding of themselves. However, ADHD and ASD – like … Read more