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New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

Rice scientists say Malpelo microplate helps resolve geological misfit under Pacific Ocean. |Source| A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists. Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which they have named [...] Read more

Personalized cancer vaccines show glimmers of success

Treatments tailored to a person's individual cancer mutations train immune system to attack tumours. |SOURCE| Vaccines tailored to match a person’s particular constellation of cancer mutations seem to have fended off tumours in a handful of patients, two small clinical trials show. The vaccines are described in papers published in Nature on 5 [...] Read more

Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground |SOURCE| The chances of anything coming from Mars have taken a downward turn with the finding that the surface of the red planet contains a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals that can wipe out living organisms. [...] Read more

LHCb announces a charming new particle

|SOURCE| Today at the EPS Conference on High Energy Physics in Venice, the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the observation of Ξcc++(Xicc++) a new particle containing two charm quarks and one up quark. The existence of this particle from the baryon family was expected by current theories, but physicists have been [...] Read more

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