Archive for November 25th, 2017:

High-energy ‘ghost particles’ absorbed by Earth

Image copyright Jamie Yang / IceCube Image caption Artwork: IceCube consists of an array of sensors embedded in very clear ice near the South Pole Neutrinos are known as “ghost particles”, because they are known to travel through solid objects with ease. But a new study demonstrates that some of these sub-atomic particles are stopped

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Plague reached Europe by Stone Age

Image copyright Stadtarchäologie Ausgburg Image caption Plague may already have been capable of causing epidemics in the Stone Age Plague was present in Europe during the late Stone Age, according to a study of ancient remains. Writing in Current Biology journal, researchers suggest the deadly bacterium entered Europe with a mass migration of people from

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Flies more germ-laden than suspected

Image copyright Ana Junqueira and Stephan Schuster Image caption Bristles on a fly’s body attract bacteria Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected. The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis. Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning

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