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Like us, wasps don’t forget a face

Like us, wasps don’t forget a face

Paper wasps have brains that are less than a millionth the size of the human brain, yet new research shows they have a similar ability to recognize and remember a familiar face.
Massive black holes shatter record

Massive black holes shatter record

An international team of astronomers has discovered two gigantic black holes with masses about 10 billion times the mass of our sun. These black holes have a mass more than 50 percent greater than any other previously measured.
Equation explains forces that repel water, oil

Equation explains forces that repel water, oil

A new equation is the first to predict the hydrophobic interactions of molecules. Such interactions explain why oil and water don’t mix, how proteins are structured, and what holds biological membranes together. The new formula is expected to affect applications ...
Gas ‘bullets’ shoot from giant black hole

Gas ‘bullets’ shoot from giant black hole

Astronomers have uncovered some striking features in the gases emitted from the regions close to one of the brightest supermassive black holes known to exist. The black hole has a mass 300 million times that of the sun.
How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

A new algorithm suggests there is information lurking in images that cameras have yet to tap. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require ...
Satellite killers: Meteoroids vs. space junk

Satellite killers: Meteoroids vs. space junk

At any given time there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 22,000 pieces of debris 10 centimeters or larger zipping along in orbit at speeds of seven kilometers per second, according to the U.S. Air Force. But Sigrid Close, an ...