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  • The universe as we know it is made up of three spatial dimensions, right? But some physics models suggest the existence of extra dimensions that we can’t perceive. In an effort to find evidence of these dimensions, researchers have studied gravitational waves and come up empty.
  • The Sun was far more active in its early years, but we only really know this from studying other similar stars. Now, researchers have found the fingerprints of this active young Sun in tiny, bright blue crystals preserved in meteorites from a collection at Chicago’s Field Museum.
  • ​There are already portable breathalyzers that let people put a number to their inebriation. However, what's a person to do if they want to receive a score on how high they are? Well, in the not-too-distant future, they could use the University of Chicago's "Am I Stoned" app.
  • The first intriguing findings have been released from the Dark Energy Survey, a project studying the mysterious force that seems to be accelerating the expansion of the universe. The study has discovered 11 new stellar streams, the remains of other galaxies that our own Milky Way has torn to shreds.
  • A team at the University of Chicago recently developed a process to deliver CRISPR-based gene therapy to mice via skin transplants. The technique was effective in treating diabetes, but potentially can be utilized for a wide variety of diseases.
  • The blue whale may be the largest animal ever, but new research has found it only claimed the title relatively recently. By comparing the bones of modern whales to fossils, a team of scientists has traced the growth spurt to about 4.5 million years ago, when climate change increased the food supply.
  • ​Back in February, NASA announced seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting the red dwarf TRAPPIST-1. The system is one of our best bets for finding life beyond Earth, and new research suggests that life could jump between the tightly-packed planets in a matter of decades.
  • Sufferers of celiac disease have an intolerance to the dietary protein gluten, but what causes the condition isn’t fully understood. Researchers have found that a common virus could set the stage for the disease – and vaccinating against that virus could help prevent it from ever taking hold.
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    ​Levitation may look like magic, but there are a few scientific tricks behind it. Magnetic systems, optical levitation and acoustics only work with certain objects, but researchers at the University of Chicago have developed a method to levitate basically anything, using differences in temperature.
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    Despite evidence that land-based animals evolutionarily came from the sea, scientists still struggle to determine how fish eventually developed limbs. Now, a new study furthers our understanding of this evolution by shedding light on the relationship between fish fins and fingers.
  • ​A team of researchers has generated a new computer model that successfully simulates the mechanism driving impressive geyser eruptions observed taking place on the Saturnian moon Enceladus.
  • Scientists working at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory claim to have entangled atomic nuclei at room temperature on a semiconductor chip, using the application of relatively small magnetic fields.