Vil du hjælpe med at finde nyheder? DO YOU WANT TO HELP FINDING SCIENCE NEWS? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone-sms: (45)21729908
Don't Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected4d
It's hard to know when exactly the first cases appeared. But certainly by January's end, a slow trickle of post-vaccination infections had begun in the United States. They arose in the West, making headlines in Oregon ; they sprouted in the Midwest and the South . Some of the latest reports have come out of Florida , Texas , and Hawaii . These breakthrough cases—discovered in people more than two
Sir David Attenborough answers dinosaur query from Otis, 43d
Four-year-old Otis's mum was stumped, so they wrote to Sir David Attenborough… and he replied.
The Science of Making Americans Hurt Their Own Country4d
The National Intelligence Council has released an unclassified repor t assessing, retrospectively, foreign threats to the 2020 election . It has a few twists and turns: The Iranian government attempted to run some kind of online influence campaign; the Chinese government considered doing the same but then dropped the idea. But most of the report is about Russia. Unlike in 2016, Russian intelligen
Icelandic volcano erupts near Reykjavik3d
Meteorologists say the last known eruption in the area was about 800 years ago.
'Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination': the scientists turning the desert green3d
In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the Sinai Flying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings. The mission he was discussing
Coronavirus: How the common cold can boot out Covid14h
It looks like the viruses that cause colds wins in the battle to infect our cells.
Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor3d
More containers have fallen off ships in the past four months than are typically lost in a year. Blame heavy traffic and rolling waves.
Colorado's legal cannabis farms emit more carbon than its coal mines1d
Cannabis growing, now legal in many US states, emits significant amounts of greenhouse gases due to the climate-control systems used by indoor farms
5 kids hospitalized with liver failure after drinking ionized 'Real Water'4d
Such water goes through an ionizing process to raise its pH so that it becomes more basic or alkaline.
Bizarre 'manta shark' slowly cruised the oceans 93 million years ago1d
A Mexican fossil belongs to a shark that lived more than 90 million years ago and had wings like a manta ray, which may have helped it swim in place while feeding on plankton
Young Female Twitter Star Turns Out to Be 50-Year-Old Man Using Deepfakes2d
Take Them For A Ride You might want to double check that influencer you just followed on Twitter — they might actually be a deepfaked persona. Or at least that was the case with Twitter user @azusagakuyuki , who tricked followers into thinking they were a young female motorbike enthusiast but actually turned out to be a 50-year-old Japanese man named Zonggu using deepfake technology , according t
Powerful stratospheric winds measured on Jupiter for the first time5d
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, a team of astronomers has directly measured winds in Jupiter's middle atmosphere for the first time. By analyzing the aftermath of a comet collision from the 1990s, the researchers have revealed incredibly powerful winds, with speeds of up to 1450 kilometers an hour, near J
Perseverance Rover Settles In during First Month on Mars5d
With initial operations going smoothly, the rover could soon attempt to launch its pioneering helicopter, Ingenuity — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Cern experiment hints at new force of nature15h
Experts reveal 'cautious excitement' over unstable particles that fail to decay as standard model suggests Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva have spotted an unusual signal in their data that may be the first hint of a new kind of physics. The LHCb collaboration, one of four main teams at the LHC, analysed 10 years of data on how unstable particles called B mesons, created moment
Bill Gates Attempts to Explain Why He Bought More Farmland Than Anyone Else in America1d
You might remember an intriguing story from earlier this year, when an investigative journalist discovered that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had been quietly buying up so much farmland that he now appears to own more of it than anybody else in America. The story — that the guy behind MS-DOS and Internet Explorer was going all in on agriculture — raised eyebrows in the media , but we never got
Dr Wu Lien-teh: Face mask pioneer who helped defeat a plague epidemic1d
Dr Wu Lien-teh helped to end the Manchurian plague outbreak of 1910-11 with the use of face masks he had designed made from cotton and gauze, and stopped the disease from reaching other parts of China
Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon2d
Is it really just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or to get "back to normal?" — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Elon Musk Shows Off Photo of SpaceX's First Starship Super Heavy Booster4d
Super Heavy SpaceX has reached a milestone in the long journey of getting its Mars-bound Starship rocket off the ground. A picture uploaded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shows off his space company's first Super Heavy booster, a massive 230-foot rocket meant to get Starship, a gargantuan spacecraft in itself, into orbit. In fact, as Teslarati points out , it's likely the largest rocket booster ever bui
Pollution Is Shrinking Human Penises, Warns Famous Environmentalist4d
Synthetic chemicals and plastics can be found in almost every corner of the world, from the deepest depths of the oceans to the insides of human children . And that could wreak havoc on our reproductive system, as famed environmentalist Erin Brockovich argues in a recent piece for The Guardian , in which she explores the ramifications of a new book about reproductive epidemiology by Shanna Swan c
A Bronze Age queen was buried wearing a priceless silver crown1d
Women may have ruled in a western European society that existed 4000 years ago – which may explain why a woman wearing a silver crown was buried beneath an ancient palace
Some sea slugs behead themselves and then regrow their bodies1d
Two species of sea slugs take drastic measures to get rid of parasites – they separate their head from their body and then regrow a new one over a few weeks
New study shows microplastics turn into 'hubs' for pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria4d
It's estimated that an average-sized wastewater treatment plant serving roughly 400,000 residents will discharge up to 2,000,000 microplastic particles into the environment each day. Yet, researchers are still learning the environmental and human health impact of these ultra-fine plastic particles, less than 5 millimeters in length, found in everything from cosmetics, toothpaste and clothing micro
Lab one step closer to understanding how life started on Earth4d
How did life begin on Earth and could it exist elsewhere? Researchers at Simon Fraser University have isolated a genetic clue—an enzyme known as an RNA polymerase—that provides new insights about the origins of life. The research is published today in the journal Science.
Researchers find evidence of elusive Odderon particle4d
For 50 years, the research community has been hunting unsuccessfully for the so-called Odderon particle. Now, a Swedish-Hungarian research group has discovered the mythical particle with the help of extensive analysis of experimental data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
Perseverance rover captures the sounds of driving on Mars5d
NASA's newest rover recorded audio of itself crunching over the surface of the Red Planet, adding a whole new dimension to Mars exploration.
Noisy Cicadas Are Emerging Earlier1d
More and more broods are crawling out of the ground sooner than expected — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Bernie Sanders Slams Elon Musk for "Unsustainable" Greed1d
Progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders suplexed tech billionaire Elon Musk in a Sunday tweet , excoriating the SpaceX CEO for pouring money into interplanetary space travel ambitions while inequality persists here on Earth. "Space travel is an exciting idea, but right now we need to focus on Earth and create a progressive tax system so that children don't go hungry, people are not homeless an
COVID Vaccine Developer: Cancer Shots Are Next4d
Özlem Türeci, the scientist who cofounded the company BioNTech — of " Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine " fame — says that we might have working vaccines for cancer within the next few years. Developing a vaccine that prevents cancer was actually Türeci's original goal for BioNTech, she told the Associated Press . But now, after the company's resounding success and the influx of funding stemmin
Grønt show på himlen: Nu er chancen for nordlys i Danmark størst5d
Meget skal dog gå op i en højere enhed, hvis vi skal se lyset på nattehimlen.
Method for determining electron beam properties could help future ultraviolet, X-ray synchrotron light sources4d
The detected intensity from two coherent point-like light sources depends on their relative positions. It is a well-known phenomenon called optical interference. In general, the intensity can range from zero (destructive interference) to some maximum value (constructive interference).
Research finds surprising electron interaction in 'magic-angle' graphene4d
In 2018, physicists showed that something interesting happens when two sheets of the nanomaterial graphene are placed on top of each other. When one layer is rotated to a "magic angle" of around 1.1 degrees with respect to the other, the system becomes a superconductor—meaning it conducts electricity with zero resistance. Even more exciting, there was evidence that it was an unconventional form of
Explosive origins of 'secondary' ice—and snow1d
Where does snow come from? This may seem like a simple question to ponder as half the planet emerges from a season of watching whimsical flakes fall from the sky—and shoveling them from driveways. But a new study on how water becomes ice in slightly supercooled Arctic clouds may make you rethink the simplicity of the fluffy stuff. The study, published by scientists from the U.S. Department of Ener
Scientists observe complex tunable magnetism tied to electrical conduction in a topological material1d
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have observed novel helical magnetic ordering in the topological compound EuIn2As2 which supports exotic electrical conduction tunable by a magnetic field. The discovery has significant implications for basic research into functional topological properties and may one day find use in a number of advanced technology applications.
Giant armoured dinosaur may have dug in the ground for food and water1d
The partial skeleton of a 6-metre-long ankylosaurid, excavated from the Gobi desert, suggests the armoured herbivore was adapted to digging soft earth
No indication AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots, says regulator1d
More countries suspend the coronavirus jab over fears of blood clots, despite EU regulators remaining firmly convinced that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks
Wooden floors rotted by fungi generate electricity when walked on1d
Compressing wood generates tiny amounts of electricity through the so-called piezoelectric effect – and if the wood is partially rotted by fungi first the effect is 55 times stronger
AstraZeneca US trial shows 79% efficacy against Covid1d
Trial found no increased risk of blood clots and 100% efficacy against severe or critical disease
Sperm whales have a surprisingly deep—and useful—culture4d
Sperm whales are a rare sight. (Pxhere/) Hal Whitehead, a biologist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, has spent decades following sperm whales around on boats, trying to figure out their intricate social structures. "About 20 years ago, it came to us that culture—in the sense of what they're learning from each other—is very important for sperm whales," Whitehead says. A new study by Whitehe
Solving 'barren plateaus' is the key to quantum machine learning4d
Many machine learning algorithms on quantum computers suffer from the dreaded "barren plateau" of unsolvability, where they run into dead ends on optimization problems. This challenge had been relatively unstudied—until now. Rigorous theoretical work has established theorems that guarantee whether a given machine learning algorithm will work as it scales up on larger computers.
Tilting rotors could help make Bell's speedy new aircraft the next Black Hawk4d
The V-280 resembles a traditional aircraft in forward flight. (Bell/) Two companies are vying to produce the next Black Hawk for the Army. The next-gen aircraft could speed quickly into harm's way, drop off troops, and then zoom out again. Sikorsky, which makes the current-generation Black Hawk helicopters, recently revealed their progress on a futuristic machine with two counter-rotating rotors
The 'eagle shark' that glided through ancient seas5d
Scientists have discovered a new species of ancient winged shark, which fed on plankton eons before the emergence of giant manta rays, according to new research published Thursday.
Researchers reveal the extent to which rivers across the country are losing flow to aquifers6d
Water is an ephemeral thing. It can emerge from an isolated spring, as if by magic, to birth a babbling brook. It can also course through a mighty river, seeping into the soil until all that remains downstream is a shady arroyo, the nearby trees offering the only hint of where the water has gone.
Scientists Find New Patterns In Mysterious Radio Pulses From Distant Galaxies8h
Microsecond Burst The strange signals known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs) have long mystified the astronomy community. The sudden, strong radio pulses, often emanating from distant galaxies, appear at regularly timed intervals, from every few of milliseconds to weeks — and we still aren't entirely sure what they are or why they exist. Now, a new team of astronomers has taken an even closer look.
Chilean researchers investigate chemical composition of globular cluster NGC 65531d
Using the Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers from Chile have performed a chemical analysis of a sample of stars in the globular cluster NGC 6553. Results of this study, available in a paper published March 12 on the arXiv pre-print server, shed more light on the chemical composition of this cluster.
Electric catfish cannot be shocked and scientists don't know why1d
Electric catfish use shocks to stun their prey, but they are immune to their own jolts – and tests suggest they may be immune to being shocked at all
4.6-billion-year-old meteorite is the oldest volcanic rock ever found1d
A meteorite that formed just 2 million years after the solar system is the oldest volcanic rock ever found, and it is different from any other meteorite in our collection
Coronavirus vaccines may reduce or eliminate symptoms of long covid1d
People with lasting symptoms after a covid-19 infection, known as long covid, are more likely to recover than get worse after receiving a vaccine, according to an online survey
Large asteroid to (safely) zip past Earth2d
The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year will swing closest on Sunday, giving astronomers a rare chance for a good look at a space rock that formed at the dawn of our solar system.
How Ancient 'Deer' Lost Their Legs and Became Whales4d
Over millions of years, they traded in their legs for flippers, gained blow holes and evolved into the largest creatures on Earth.
Female wild bonobos provide care for infants outside their social group5d
Scientists have witnessed bonobo apes adopting infants who were born outside of their social group for the first time in the wild.
How organisms filter out the noise to make accurate predictions5d
A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research shows how organisms filter information from their environment differently for a wide range of biological processes—from visually tracking the motion of objects to immune cells responding to pathogens—and then select the most useful inputs to respond accordingly.
How to get pregnant: Tips and facts to increase fertility10h
Here are some tips for how to get pregnant successfully, including information on how to conceive if you have PCOS or endometriosis.
New basalt type discovered beneath the ocean1d
A new type of rock created during large and exceptionally hot volcanic eruptions has been discovered beneath the Pacific Ocean.
Arctic methane release due to melting ice is likely to happen again1d
Beneath the cold, dark depths of the Arctic ocean sit vast reserves of methane. These stores rest in a delicate balance, stable as a solid called methane hydrates, at very specific pressures and temperatures. If that balance gets tipped, the methane can get released into the water above and eventually make its way to the atmosphere. In its gaseous form, methane is one of the most potent greenhouse
Pollinators are our secret weapon in the fight against global warming1d
Pollinators have a critical, but largely unappreciated, role to play when it comes to climate change, says ecologist Jeff Ollerton
Nordic nations hold off on AstraZeneca jab as scientists probe safety concerns2d
Caution after Oslo experts said link between blood disorders and vaccine highly likely
Carbon pawprint: is man's best friend the planet's enemy?3d
Is your adorable puppy as bad for the planet as a gas-guzzling SUV?
Push to make Covid vaccines causes US drug shortages4d
Pfizer warns of supply interruptions as other pharma groups struggle for materials
Researchers confirm accuracy of cosmological data analysis technique using mock data4d
Astronomers have played a game of guess-the-numbers with cosmological implications. Working from a mock catalog of galaxies prepared by a Japanese team, two American teams correctly guessed the cosmological parameters used to generate the catalog to within 1% accuracy. This gives us confidence that their methods will be able to determine the correct parameters of the real universe when applied to
Manta-like planktivorous sharks in Late Cretaceous oceans5d
The ecomorphological diversity of extinct elasmobranchs is incompletely known. Here, we describe Aquilolamna milarcae , a bizarre probable planktivorous shark from early Late Cretaceous open marine deposits in Mexico. Aquilolamna , tentatively assigned to Lamniformes, is characterized by hypertrophied, slender pectoral fins. This previously unknown body plan represents an unexpected evolutionary
Ancient vertebrates had everything they needed to walk underwater millions of years before the transition to dry land5d
In 2018, the little skate, a ray-like fish the size of a skillet caused a big wave in evolutionary biology. Researchers from New York University found that little skates, which scuttle along the sea floor on two leg-like fins, use the same motor neurons and genes that help humans and other land vertebrates walk.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot feeds on smaller storms6d
The stormy, centuries-old maelstrom of Jupiter's Great Red Spot was shaken but not destroyed by a series of anticyclones that crashed into it over the past few years.
Arctic was once lush and green, and could be again, new research shows6d
Imagine not a white, but a green Arctic, with woody shrubs as far north as the Canadian coast of the Arctic Ocean. This is what the northernmost region of North America looked like about 125,000 years ago, during the last interglacial period, finds new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Archaeologists Have Found Prehistoric Rock Structures Under the Great Lakes. Here's What the Stones Can Tell Us7h
A Doggerland of the Great Lakes? Underwater rock formations on the lakebed of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron may have been created by hunters thousands of years ago.
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine completely prevents severe illness and death1d
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine could be in the US soon. (AstraZeneca/) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. A fourth drug manufacturer, AstraZeneca, has announced positive results in Phase III COVID vaccine trials in the United States. The vaccine, developed in partnership with Oxford University, and with some funding from Operation Warp Speed, is in widespread use outside the US
Mural shows earliest known record of salt being sold at a marketplace in the Maya region1d
The first documented record of salt as an ancient Maya commodity at a marketplace is depicted in a mural painted more than 2,500 years ago at Calakmul, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In the mural that portrays daily life, a salt vendor shows what appears to be a salt cake wrapped in leaves to another person, who holds a large spoon over a basket, presumably of loo
The process sea slugs use to regrow severed body parts is surprisingly common1d
Kleptoplasty, the ability to steal another organism's photosynthetic powers, in animals is thought to be extremely rare in animals. Its this skill that allows the slug pictured above to survive and regrow its body after being decapitated. (Sayaka Mitoh/) Some sea slugs can live without their bodies. Cut their heads off, and the noggins can still survive for months, scientists recently discovered
Talking to horses as we talk to young children1d
Many people instinctively use baby-talk when talking to their pets, often characterized by a high-pitched voice and exaggerated intonations. The same is true for many riders with their horses. But are horses sensitive to this type of speech? Ethologists from INRAE and IFCE (French Horse and Riding Institute) have decided to find out. Their results, published on 18th March in Animal Cognition, show
No threat to Earth as huge asteroid zooms past1d
The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year has made its closest approach, posing no threat of a cataclysmic collision but giving astronomers a rare chance to study a rock formed during the beginning of our solar system.
High vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people4d
A new research study at the University of Chicago Medicine has found that when it comes to COVID-19, having vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient may lower the risk of infection, especially for Black people.
SARS-CoV-2 transmission without symptoms5d
Amazon 'river monster' turns up dead in Florida4h
A dead "river monster" from the Amazon was discovered in Florida, leading to concerns that the fish might become an invasive species there.
Multiple migrations to the Philippines during the last 50,000 years [Anthropology]5h
Island Southeast Asia has recently produced several surprises regarding human history, but the region's complex demography remains poorly understood. Here, we report ∼2.3 million genotypes from 1,028 individuals representing 115 indigenous Philippine populations and genome-sequence data from two ∼8,000-y-old individuals from Liangdao in the Taiwan Strait. We show that the…
Want to improve your health? Head to a national park, and absorb the sounds1d
Wolves howling, birds singing, rain falling—natural sounds inspire us and connect us to nature. New research by a team of scientists shows that natural sounds are also good for our health.
Should You Walk or Run for Exercise?1d
Walking is good for you, but running might be twice as beneficial. Here's why.
Vape aerosol and gene expression in human lung tissue compared to cigarette sm4d
Acute exposure of a 3D human bronchial tissue model to e-cigarette aerosol has minimal impact on gene expression compared to smoke from combustible cigarettes.
Early-Life Stress Exerts Long-Lasting Effects Via Epigenome4d
In mice, epigenetic marks made on histones during infancy influence depression-like behavior during adulthood. A drug that reverses the genomic tags appears to undo the damage.
Meet the medical resident who had his wife peer review five of his papers4d
The pantheon of husband-wife teams in science includes Marie and Pierre Curie, Gerty and Carl Cori, even Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci, the founders of BioNTech, which collaborated with Pfizer on a Covid-19 vaccine. To that list we hesitatingly add Ahmed Elkhouly and his spouse. Elkhouly, a medical resident at St. Francis Medical Center, in … Continue reading
Novel coronavirus circulated undetected months before first COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, China4d
Using molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations, researchers estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus likely circulated undetected for two months before the first human cases of COVID-19 were described in Wuhan, China in late-December 2019.
Smertelæge: »Medicinsk cannabis er uberettiget blevet dæmoniseret«5d
Flere medier har rapporteret, at cannabis i følge en stor international meta-analyse ikke har nogen smertelindrende effekt. Men det er en misforståelse af analysens konklusion og en uberettiget dæmonisering af medicinsk cannabis, mener pensioneret overlæge i palliativ behandling, Torben Ishøy.
2 mouthwashes disrupt the coronavirus in lab tests6d
Two types of mouthwash disrupt SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, preventing it from replicating in a human cell, a new study suggests. The study in the journal Pathogens finds that, in a laboratory setting, Listerine and the prescription mouthwash Chlorhexidine disrupted the virus within seconds after researchers diluted it to concentrations that would mimic actual use. Further studies
Scientists Created an Artificial Early Embryo From Human Skin Cells9h
We all know how human reproduction works: sperm meets egg, fertilized egg kicks off its journey, transforms into a human embryo, then becomes a fetus and ultimately a baby. But what if boy meets girl isn't the only way? Last week, two studies in Nature torpedoed the classic narrative of the beginning of life. Two independent teams coaxed ordinary skin cells into a living cluster that resembled a
Natural variations help resolve a climate puzzle11h
New research shows that naturally occurring climate variations help to explain a long-standing difference between climate models and satellite observations of global warming.
Landmarks of human embryonic development inscribed in somatic mutations5d
Although cell lineage information is fundamental to understanding organismal development, very little direct information is available for humans. We performed high-depth (250 x ) whole-genome sequencing of multiple tissues from three individuals to identify hundreds of somatic single-nucleotide variants (sSNVs). Using these variants as "endogenous barcodes" in single cells, we reconstructed early
The Lancet: Study finds COVID-19 reinfections are rare, more common for those above age 655d
Most people who have had COVID-19 are protected from catching it again for at least six months, but elderly patients are more prone to reinfection, according to research published in The Lancet.
Sea-level rise in 20th century was fastest in 2,000 years along much of East Coast5h
The rate of sea-level rise in the 20th century along much of the U.S. Atlantic coast was the fastest in 2,000 years, and southern New Jersey had the fastest rates, according to a Rutgers-led study.
Removing Space Debris9h
Right now there are about 3,000 active satellites in Earth orbit. About 1,000 of those satellites are part of the Starlink project to provide internet access everywhere on the planet, with a planned 42,000 total when complete. that is a massive increase in the number of active satellites. At the same time there another 3,000 defunct satellites that are no longer operational but remain in orbit. T
High vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people, study suggests21h
In a retrospective study of individuals tested for COVID-19, vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient were associated with a lower risk of COVID-19.
A strong coffee half an hour before exercising increases fat-burning22h
In the afternoon, the effects of the caffeine are more marked than in the morning.
Big breakthrough for 'massless' energy storage1d
Researchers have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fiber that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material. Their latest research breakthrough paves the way for essentially 'massless' energy storage in vehicles and other technology.
Does 'harsh parenting' lead to smaller brains?1d
A study shows that harsh parenting practices in childhood have long-term repercussions for children's brain development. Repeatedly getting angry, hitting, shaking or yelling at children is linked with smaller brain structures in adolescence, according to a new study
The evolution of pelvic limb muscle moment arms in bird-line archosaurs4d
Bipedal locomotion evolved along the archosaurian lineage to birds, shifting from "hip-based" to "knee-based" mechanisms. However, the roles of individual muscles in these changes and their evolutionary timings remain obscure. Using 13 three-dimensional musculoskeletal models of the hindlimbs of bird-line archosaurs, we quantify how the moment arms (i.e., leverages) of 35 locomotor muscles evolve
Therapy for most common cause of cystic fibrosis safe and effective in 6-115d
An international, open-label Phase 3 study, co-led by Susanna McColley, MD, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, found that a regimen of three drugs (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor) that targets the genetic cause of cystic fibrosis was safe and effective in 6-11-year-olds with at least one copy of F508del mutation in the CFTR gene, which is estimated to represent almost 90
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Shot Completely Prevented Severe Disease1d
The vaccine was 79 percent effective at blocking symptomatic infections, according to data from a Phase 3 trial in the US, Chile, and Peru. A US safety oversight board says the data might be incomplete.
Hemmajobbare sover längre men är lika produktiva1d
Människor som jobbar hemma sover mer, enligt en studie från Högskolan i Gävle. – Ja, de sover längre, producerar lika mycket och rör sig lika mycket som när de jobbar på kontoret, säger David Hallman, docent i arbetshälsovetenskap. I en undersökning har forskarna, i samarbete med Gävle kommun, under pandemin kunnat jämföra samma person hemma och på jobbet. Testpersonerna har burit rörelsemätare i
Eating processed meat could increase dementia risk, researchers say1d
Eating processed meat has been linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, say researchers exploring a potential link between consumption of meat and development of dementia.
Genetic evidence suggests men can develop PCOS-like condition3d
New genetic research suggests men can develop characteristics of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)–a common metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women. The study was presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
Scientists identify genetic pathway that suppresses Lou Gehrig's Disease4d
South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has unveiled a neuroprotective pathway that suppresses Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).
COVID-19 vaccination passports5d
Lettuce grows just fine in solar-panel greenhouses5d
It's possible to grow lettuce in greenhouses that filter out wavelengths of light used to generate solar power, according to a new study. The findings demonstrate the feasibility of using see-through solar panels in greenhouses to generate electricity. "We were a little surprised—there was no real reduction in plant growth or health," says Heike Sederoff, a professor of plant biology at North Car
Experimental competition induces immediate and lasting effects on the neurogenome in free-living female birds [Evolution]5h
Periods of social instability can elicit adaptive phenotypic plasticity to promote success in future competition. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms have primarily been studied in captive and laboratory-reared animals, leaving uncertainty as to how natural competition among free-living animals affects gene activity. Here, we experimentally generated social competition among wild,…
Supercell tornadoes are much stronger and wider than damage-based ratings indicate [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]5h
Tornadoes cause damage, injury, and death when intense winds impact structures. Quantifying the strength and extent of such winds is critical to characterizing tornado hazards. Ratings of intensity and size are based nearly entirely on postevent damage surveys [R. Edwards et al., Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 94, 641–653 (2013)]. It…
Don't let the small stuff get you down — your well-being may depend on it1d
Psychologists suggest that the longer negativity lingers in your brain, the unhappier you may be.
Isotopic evidence for the formation of the Moon in a canonical giant impact1d
Nature Communications, Published online: 22 March 2021; doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22155-7 Here, the authors show that Earth and Moon are characterized by different vanadium isotope compositions, which is most likely resulting from vanadium isotope fractionation of the bulk silicate proto-Earth during the main stage of terrestrial core formation—followed by a canonical giant impact scenario, where 80
Overdispersion in COVID-19 increases the effectiveness of limiting nonrepetitive contacts for transmission control [Biophysics and Computational Biology]4d
Increasing evidence indicates that superspreading plays a dominant role in COVID-19 transmission. Recent estimates suggest that the dispersion parameter k for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is on the order of 0.1, which corresponds to about 10% of cases being the source of 80% of infections. To investigate…
Happiness can be learned4d
Is it possible to learn to be happier? Well, it seems it is. At least according to a scientific study coordinated by the University of Trento and carried out in collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome that has been recently published in Frontiers in Psychology. In this study, researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of an integrated mental training program in which the participants on the
The Lancet Inf. Dis.: Vaccination alone is unlikely to contain COVID-19 infections in UK4d
Vaccinating all adults in the UK is unlikely to achieve herd immunity and fully contain the virus, according to a modelling study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Therefore, the gradual release of control measures, high vaccine uptake, and a vaccine with high protection against infection is essential to minimise future waves of infection.
Transcendental Meditation effective in reducing PTSD, sleep problems, depression symptoms5d
Veterans with PTSD who practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique showed significant reductions in PTSD symptom severity, according to a new study published in Journal of Traumatic Stress. Fifty percent of the meditating veterans no longer met criteria for PTSD after three months compared to only 10 percent of controls. The randomized controlled study also showed significant reductions in v
Vaccines alone may not be enough to end pandemic5d
Even as vaccines are becoming more readily available in the U.S., protecting against the asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 is key to ending the pandemic, say disease experts in a new article.
Scientists see cross-group adoption of young bonobo apes in the wild for the first time5d
Scientists have witnessed bonobo apes adopting infants who were born outside of their social group for the first time in the wild.
Män med bra kondition får fler barn5d
Hög inkomst, hälsosamt BMI och hög IQ ökar mäns chanser att få barn. Men även att ha bra kondition. – Jag blev överraskad av att sambandet mellan kondition och antalet barn var så starkt, säger forskaren Martin Kolk. Enligt data från mönstringen från 1950–1970-talen har faktorerna hög inkomst, bra kondition, hälsosamt BMI och hög IQ var och en för sig ett starkt samband med mäns chanser att få ba
For the first time, an Alpine-wide study shows that snow cover has been declinin5d
Up until now, the studies conducted had been limited to individual areas in the Alpine region and been based on data from at most, a few hundred, measuring stations. Now, for the first time, a recent study coordinated by Eurac Research, has collected and systematically evaluated snow data from more than 2000 measuring stations in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland and France.
Science behind Pfizer covid vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs 'within a couple of years', says co-creator1d
submitted by /u/alpha69 [link] [comments]
High-speed trains. Fast internet. Clean water. Solar energy: These should be USA's goals now5d
submitted by /u/thorium43 [link] [comments]
Scientist behind coronavirus shot says next target is cancer3d
submitted by /u/roku44 [link] [comments]
Scientists created edible food films for food packaging10h
An international group of scientists from India and Russia has created edible food films for packaging fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, and seafood. Films consist of natural ingredients, they are safe for health and the environment.
Next Pandemic: Scientists Fear Another Coronavirus Could Jump From Animals To Humans4d
Researchers worry another coronavirus will spill over from a bat or some other creature. They're hunting for sources — and finding evidence that a new pandemic could be around the corner. (Image credit: Steeve Jordan/AFP via Getty Images)
CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6•4d
CDC Schools 3 Feet
In many places, the 6-foot guidance was interpreted as requiring schools to operate on part-time schedules in order to reduce class sizes. A 3-foot rule would allow many more schools to reopen fully. (Image credit: Yalonda M. James/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different•6d
Atlanta Asian Americans
"The indignity of being Asian in this country has been underreported," the poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong writes in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Hong, 44, is the daughter of Korean immigrants and was raised in Los Angeles. Although she has written about race in her poetry, Minor Feelings is her first nonfiction book, a blend of memoir and cultural criticism. Her essays explore
COVID-19 Vaccination Has Been Conjuring Up Emotions And Memories2d
Some who have received the vaccine say it was an emotional experience. The feeling is similar for others who've survived previous epidemics ended by medical advancement. (Image credit: David Anderson /Gloria Anderson )
The 65+ Crowd Is Vaccinated and Ready to Party2d
Older Americans still make up a majority of those who have been inoculated, and many are taking advantage and venturing out.
Canadian Conservative party votes not to recognize climate crisis as real3d
Delegates vote 54%-46% against policy change request Leader O'Toole has sought ambitious climate change agenda Canada's main opposition Conservative party members have voted down a proposal to recognize the climate crisis as real, in a blow to their new leader's efforts to embrace environmentally friendly policies before a likely federal election this year. Related: 'Climate facts are back': EPA
Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me An Algorithm: STEM Contest Winner Pairs Data5d
The world of matchmaking won't have to rely on luck as much as math, thanks to Yunseo Choi. The 18-year-old came up with a matching theory that can be applied to people looking for a life partner. (Image credit: Society for Science)
Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World2d
Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic.
When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived | Rebecca Lawrence5d
By the time mental ill health is visible, it's probably very bad. The best risk assessment is to listen rather than look In my everyday life, when I see someone who looks happy, I expect them to feel like that, too. I don't think about it particularly – it's a reflex. I glance casually at a smiling face and am reassured that all is well. It takes a conscious effort to remind myself of a fact that
Your Unvaccinated Kid Is Like a Vaccinated Grandma5d
President Joe Biden wants all adults to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. In a speech last week, he suggested that Americans should be able to celebrate July 4 with (smallish) barbecues. For many people, this was the first hopeful vision in a while. We still have a ways to go, but the speed of the vaccination process in recent days makes quasi-normalcy by July seem not completely out o
Volcano Erupts In Southwestern Iceland After Thousands Of Earthquakes3d
There hadn't been an eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula in nearly 800 years. A different volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010, spewing ash that caused long-lasting trouble for international air travel. (Image credit: Icelandic Coast Guard/AFP via Getty Images)
Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK3d
Charles Oti should be in his NHS job fighting the virus. Instead, the Home Office wants to send him to Nigeria An infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to help tackle the pandemic is facing deportation by the Home Office, prompting fresh calls for a more "humane" approach to skilled migrants. The government has refused Charles Oti, 46, from N
They Could Have Saved the Royal Family5d
L ooks like Prince Harry married a girl just like the one who married dear old Dad. We recognized all of it: the desperate unhappiness, the adoration of the masses, the beautiful clothes worn beautifully—but especially the easy and immediate way of reaching out to commoners and blessing them with the life-changing gift of her attention. He found—and then gave to us, the grateful public—another Di
As if We Needed It, a Major Review Just Confirmed 5G to Be Completely Safe4d
'Sonic boom' in Dorset blamed on 'fireball meteor'2d
People in parts of south-west England report seeing a "streak of light" hurtling across the sky.
The Clearest Sign the Pandemic Could Get Worse4d
The number of people hospitalized with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States has been plummeting since early January. Until about three weeks ago, hospitalizations in Michigan were following the same pattern: More people with COVID-19 were leaving the hospital than were being admitted. But in the past few weeks, data from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services have sh
New Effort To Clean Up Space Junk Reaches Orbit1d
Known as ELSA-d, the mission will exhibit technology that could help capture space junk, some of the millions of pieces of orbital debris that float above Earth. (Image credit: Astroscale)
That Dramatic Beijing 'Sandstorm' Was Actually Something Worse, Says Geologist4d
And it matters for the entire world.
UK to test existing drugs as treatment for MS in world-first trial1d
Researchers will test several drugs at once to speed up identification of those that slow or reverse symptoms Doctors in the UK are to launch a world-first clinical trial to assess whether drugs already on the market can prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) from worsening over time and even reverse the disabilities it causes. The groundbreaking Octopus trial, so named because of its various arms, will
The Tragic Beirut Explosion Was So Violent, It Disturbed Earth's Ionosphere4d
The shock was felt around the globe.
They Had Mild Covid. Then Their Serious Symptoms Kicked In.14h
A new study illuminates the complex array of neurological issues experienced by people months after their coronavirus infections.
AstraZeneca's Covid-19 Vaccine Is Found to Be 79% Effective in U.S. Study•1d
AstraZeneca 79% US
The company is preparing to apply for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. But the shot may not be needed in the United States.
We Finally Know How Sperm 'Remember' And Pass on Non-DNA-Coded Traits to Embryos3d
This explains a lot.
Why McConnell Gets Away With Filibustering2d
The filibuster is in trouble. President Joe Biden has come out in favor of reforming it , and Democrats in the Senate are weighing alternatives. But the strongest sign that its days are numbered is that the Republican leader Mitch McConnell is threatening Armageddon if the other party touches it. No one presently—or perhaps ever—in the Senate has practiced the dark art of obstruction as relentles
The Republican Party's Irrational War on Voting Rights3d
In February, Arizona state senators tried to have the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors thrown in jail. The legislators had demanded that the county officials hand over documents relating to the 2020 presidential election in the state, which Democrat Joe Biden won by fewer than 11,000 votes. Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, had already audited its results and found no evidence of fraud. The b
C.D.C. Says 3 Feet Between Elementary School Students Is OK•4d
CDC Schools 3 Feet
In a major policy revision, federal health officials said that only three feet would serve in classrooms so long as everyone is masked.
Doctors suggest Covid-19 could cause diabetes4d
More than 350 clinicians report suspicions of Covid-induced diabetes, both type 1 and type 2 A cohort of scientists from across the world believe that there is a growing body of evidence that Covid-19 can cause diabetes in some patients. Prof Francesco Rubino, from King's College London, is leading the call for a full investigation into a possible link between the two diseases. Having seen a rise
Senate Confirms Xavier Becerra to Head Health And Human Services5d
Becerra faced significant GOP opposition ever since he was nominated, with critics arguing he didn't have sufficient health care experience to run the department. (Image credit: Greg Nash/Getty Images)
New 'Map of Life' Reveals Where Unknown Animals May Still Live on Earth21h
Here's why we need to find them.
How Much Weight Did We Gain During Lockdowns? 2 Pounds a Month, Study Hints1d
Many Americans know they've put on weight during the pandemic, but it's been difficult for experts to detail the scope of the problem.
European Scientists Zero In On AstraZeneca Blood Clot Link2d
A rare blood clotting condition has occurred in some people after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. If the new research is correct, it could mean that blood clots could be easily treated. (Image credit: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)
Tardigrades: nature's great survivors3d
The microscopic animals can withstand extreme conditions that would kill humans, and may one day help in the development of Covid vaccines. How do they do it? On 11 April 2019, a spacecraft crashed on to the Moon. The Israeli Beresheet probe was supposed to land gently in the Mare Serenitatis, a huge plain of basalt rock formed in a volcanic eruption billions of years ago. It would have been the
U.S. Health Officials Question AstraZeneca Vaccine Trial Results•12h
AstraZeneca Vaccine US
According to federal officials, an independent panel of medical experts said the encouraging results announced on Monday might have relied on outdated information.
Israel's 'Cave of Horrors' Has Yielded a Treasure Trove of Startling New Discoveries1d
Including a mummified 6,000-year-old child.
Vaccinated People Can Get Covid, but It's Most Likely Very Rare7h
"Breakthrough" cases, though quite uncommon, are a sharp reminder that vaccinated people should wear masks while the virus is circulating widely.
UK 'heading towards digital skills shortage disaster'1d
Demand for AI, robotics and cloud skills is up amid news young people are shunning IT skill courses.
Sperm Whales Learned How to Dodge Harpoons And Taught The Skills to Others3d
Cultural evolution at work.
America Has Forgotten How to Forgive4d
Yesterday afternoon, Condé Nast, the publisher of Teen Vogue , announced that Alexi McCammond, a 27-year-old former reporter for Axios , would not be taking over as editor of the magazine after all. She had been done in by her own social-media posts , little time bombs she'd unwittingly armed when she tweeted them at age 17. Those posts groaned about her "stupid asian T.A." and mocked Asians' "sw
AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe and effective, says European regulator5d
EMA says benefits outweigh risks but also that it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorder Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, France and Ireland will resume administering AstraZeneca jabs from Friday after Europe's medicines regulator said the vaccine was "safe and effective" and its benefits outweighed its risks. The European M
Australian government backs psychedelic drug clinical trials to treat mental illness5d
$15m grant comes despite TGA's failure to reschedule MDMA and psilocybin from a prohibited substance to a controlled medicine The use of magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelic drugs to treat mental illnesses, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, may be a step closer in Australia, with clinical trials given a $15m grant. Despite international evidence suggesting the med
Groundbreaking New Images of Cosmic Web Strands Revealed by Astronomers5d
Our best look yet at these vast, mysterious formations.
A mouse embryo has been grown in an artificial womb—humans could be next6d
The photographs alone tell a fantastic story—a mouse embryo, complete with beating heart cells, a head, and the beginning of limbs, alive and growing in a glass jar. According to a scientific group in Israel, which took the picture, the researchers have grown mice in an artificial womb for as long as 11 or 12 days, about half the animal's natural gestation period. It's record for development of a
Dexamethasone hailed as lifesaver for up to a million Covid patients worldwide23h
Results of Recovery drug trial also credited with successful treatment of 22,000 people in the UK, says NHS England Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Dexamethasone – the inexpensive steroid that quickly emerged as a highly effective Covid therapy thanks to a large drug testing programme pioneered by UK scientists – has so far saved the lives of an estimated million peo
Glimpses of Sudan's Forgotten Pyramids1d
Desecrated by plunderers, threatened by floodwaters and largely overshadowed by their Egyptian counterparts, Sudan's ancient archaeological sites may finally be poised to receive broader recognition.
How the World's Oldest Wooden Sculpture Is Reshaping Prehistory1d
At 12,500 years old, the Shigir Idol is by far the earliest known work of ritual art. Only decay has kept others from being found.
Covid: AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective with no increased blood clot risk – US trial•1d
AstraZeneca 79% US
Study of over 32,000 people included review of risks of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in a large trial in the US, Chile and Peru, the company said on Monday, paving the way for it to apply for US approval. The vacc
Covid: why has the fall in UK infection rate stalled despite vaccinations?2d
Hospital admissions and deaths are declining as priority groups vaccinated but number of new diagnoses has stabilised Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK's Covid-19 statistics remain encouraging despite continuing rows over vaccine deliveries in Europe. Admissions to hospital and daily deaths from the disease continue to decline with numbers in the latter category
Some Generous Apes May Help Explain The Evolution Of Human Kindness3d
Research on bonobos, one of our closest and gentlest relatives, may show how humans evolved to share and cooperate on a massive scale. (Image credit: Ley Uwera for NPR)
'Winged' eagle shark soared through oceans 93 million years ago5d
A bizarre shark with wing-like side fins soared through an ancient sea 93 million years ago in what is now Mexico.
Second vessel in two weeks appears to float above UK waters5d
'Superior mirage' illusion resurfaces in Dorset a fortnight after similar pictures taken near Falmouth If the sight of a ship apparently hovering above the sea is a very rare event in the UK, then two in a fortnight must be an even more unlikely occurrence. But 13 days after a giant tanker was pictured floating above the water off Cornwall, the effect of an optical illusion known as a superior mi
The mystery of the lightning-produced Schumann Resonances5d
The Schumann Resonances are a set of frequencies produced by electromagnetic waves in Earth's lower ionosphere. The frequencies, created from thunderstorms and lightning, range from 7.83 Hz, called the Earth's "heartbeat," to 33.8 Hz. The Schumann Resonance has been studied for its effect on the planet as well as on humans. Flashes of lightning that strike around the earth about 50 times every se
Plastic particles pass from mothers into foetuses, rat study shows5d
Nanoparticles found in foetal brains and hearts, but impact on human health is as yet unknown Tiny plastic particles in the lungs of pregnant rats pass rapidly into the hearts, brains and other organs of their foetuses, research shows. It is the first study in a live mammal to show that the placenta does not block such particles. The experiments also showed that the rat foetuses exposed to the pa
Some Long Covid-19 Patients Feel Better After Vaccine Doses6d
It is too soon to tell whether the shots have a broad beneficial effect on patients with continuing issues, but scientists are intrigued and beginning to study the phenomenon.
NOAA Upgrades Forecasts As Climate Change Drives More Severe Storms23h
The computer model that predicts the weather is getting more power. Climate change is upping the stakes for forecasters as extreme weather gets more common and residents demand earlier warnings. (Image credit: GOES-East CONUS/NOAA/NASA)
Decolonizing the Hunt for Dinosaurs and Other Fossils1d
Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.
The Real Reason Republicans Couldn't Kill Obamacare1d
Adapted from The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage , St. Martin's Press 2021. T he Affordable Care Act , the health-care law also known as Obamacare, turns 11 years old this week. Somehow, the program has not merely survived the GOP's decade-long assault. It's actually getting stronger, thanks to some major upgrades tucked in the COVID-19 relief package tha
Uprooting Colonialism From the Fossil-Finding Field1d
Younger paleontologists are working to overcome some historical legacies of their discipline and change how people learn about natural history.
How People Are Dealing with Distorted Smell1d
Parosmia, a condition that causes phantom odors and a lingering symptom of Covid-19 for some people, has been affecting relationships.
This New AI Exists For The Sole Purpose of Arguing With Humans1d
Does it have any sick burns?
California Has A New Idea For Homes At Risk From Rising Seas: Buy, Rent, Retreat2d
Sea level rise is threatening billions in coastal property. A California lawmaker is proposing a novel way to retreat from the threat: buying and renting out properties as long as they're habitable. (Image credit: Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Melting Glaciers May Be Playing a Subtle But Key Part in Alaska's Earthquakes2d
What happens when all that weight lifts?
Glynn Lunney, NASA Flight Director With A Key Role In Saving Apollo 13, Dies At 843d
Lunney, who played an integral role in the agency's Apollo program, died Friday. He was credited for his quick decision-making during the race to save the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts. (Image credit: James Blair/NASA)
Police warn students to avoid science website3d
Universities are urged to block a science research website, which police say could put data at risk.
Interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua came from an 'alien Pluto,' new study suggests4d
Back in 2017, a point of strange light flashed through the solar system. Three years later, a new team of scientists claims to have figured out what it was.
A supermassive black hole is speeding through space, and astronomers don't know why5d
A supermassive black hole is racing across the universe at 110,000 mph (177,000 km/h), and the astronomers who spotted it don't know why.
Coronavirus Reinfections Are Rare, Danish Researchers Report5d
People over 65 are more likely to experience a second bout with the virus, according to a large study of medical records.
'What appointments did these dogs have to keep?': long lunches and brief liaisons in a radical new dogumentary13h
To mark National Puppy Day, Elizabeth Lo's acclaimed film Stray gives humans rare insight into the canine gaze, courtesy of homeless mutts in Istanbul From the moment Zeytin makes her first appearance in Elizabeth Lo 's feature Stray, there is no doubt you are in the presence of a unique spirit. As she surveys an Istanbul side street at dawn, her features are alert, her gaze is uncompromising and
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Data Questioned By Safety Board•13h
AstraZeneca Vaccine US
In an unusual post-midnight statement, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said AstraZeneca might have used old data for its COVID-19 vaccine trial. (Image credit: Matthias Schrader/AP)
Machine finds tantalising hints of new physics15h
A team working at the Large Hadron Collider finds signs of new physical laws.
The World's Oldest Known Wooden Statue Is Over 7,000 Years Older Than Stonehenge17h
How did it survive?
How to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors? Take the Shots to Them.1d
Millions of older Americans, chronically ill and trapped at home, pose a big challenge to inoculation efforts. Doctors are on it.
Does Your Bad Mood Stick Around? Neuroscientists Find Key Brain Region Involved1d
The struggle is real.
The innovations we need to avoid a climate disaster | Bill Gates1d
The single most important thing for avoiding a climate disaster is cutting carbon pollution from the current 51 billion tons per year to zero, says philanthropist and technologist Bill Gates. Introducing the concept of the "green premium" — the higher price of zero-emission products like electric cars, artificial meat or sustainable aviation fuel — Gates identifies the breakthroughs and investme
More than 50 new environmental chemicals detected in people1d
The vast majority of these chemicals are mysterious compounds with unknown sources.
The US Just Vaccinated 6+ Million People Against COVID-19 in Just 2 Days1d
An exciting record!
The Maker of M&Ms Built a Robot to Chase You Around the Store With Candy2d
Sweets Cyborg As if avoiding impulse purchases at the grocery store wasn't hard enough, the company behind M&Ms has created an autonomous robot that follows you around as you shop for groceries to tempt you with candy. The Mars Inc. candy company developed the robot — nicknamed "Smiley" — to follow shoppers around and offer them snacks long before they reach the checkout line, according to Gizmod
Vets warn of new Covid variant's possible link to heart problems in pets2d
Specialist hospital stresses: 'We have strong suspicion of transmission from human to pet, not vice versa' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vets are warning of a possible link between a new variant of coronavirus and heart problems in cats and dogs after a increase in pets presenting with myocarditis at a specialist veterinary hospital in Buckinghamshire during the pa
Climate fight 'is undermined by social media's toxic reports'2d
Scientists warn that Nobel summit and long-term decisions to save the planet are at risk from targeted attacks online Fake news on social media about climate change and biodiversity loss is having a worrying impact in the battle to halt the growing environmental threats to the planet, a group of scientists and analysts have warned. In a report published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, th
Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland's Icy Past3d
A secret Cold War project led to signs of ancient life—and a new warning about the future of the climate.
China's Military Just Banned Teslas, Citing Security Concerns•4d
Chinese China Tesla
Tesla Ban China has barred all Tesla vehicles from its military complexes and housing compounds in light of privacy concerns, Bloomberg reports . The military order instructs Chinese Tesla drivers to park their vehicles outside of military property, according to Bloomberg 's sources. Officials are reportedly concerned over the cars' many cameras and the data they may be able to collect, running t
Sperm whales outwitted 19th-century whalers by sharing evasive tactics4d
The discovery has implications for our understanding of whale culture.
The SLS Is Probably the Last Rocket NASA Will Ever Build4d
Last Rocket It took almost a decade and tens of billions of dollars to get to this point. NASA's Space Launch System completed a major milestone this week. The massive rocket, standing taller than the Statue of Liberty, completed its second successful hot-fire test this week. The rocket roared to life, blowing a gigantic white cloud into the forest nearby the agency's Stennis Space Center in Miss
NASA Moon Rocket Passes Critical Engine Test4d
The Space Launch System could launch on an inaugural lunar mission later this year — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Dogs Infected With a Deadly Human Parasite Smell Better to Insect Vectors5d
New research suggests female sand flies that pass the protozoa that causes visceral leishmaniasis to humans are attracted to affected canines
Architect Sells Rendered 3D House as $500,000 NFT5d
Virtual Real Estate Contemporary artist Krista Kim has sold a house for $500,000. But it's not any house — the "Mars House" is a purely virtual piece of real estate and was sold for 288 ether, worth over half a million dollars, as a non-fungible token or NFT, CNBC reports . Kim is hoping to take what NFTs can be to the next level with her Mars House, which is an immersive 3D experience rather tha
If You Look at Your Phone While Walking, You're an Agent of Chaos5d
An experiment by Japanese researchers revealed how just a few distracted walkers really can throw off the movements of a whole crowd.
Long COVID Symptoms Are Vanishing For Some Vaccinated Patients, And We Don't Know Why5d
The placebo effect, or is it something else?
Bitcoin Consumes More Electricity Than Most Countries in The World. Here's Why5d
This is a big, big problem.
Trawling for Fish May Unleash as Much Carbon as Air Travel, Study Says6d
The report also found that strategically conserving some marine areas would not only safeguard imperiled species but sequester vast amounts planet-warming carbon dioxide, too.
Biden's Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy4h
The president's plan, worth up to $4 trillion, represents a fundamental shift in the way Democrats talk about tackling climate change: It's no longer a side issue.
Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It's Not An 'Excuse' For Current Medical Racism8h
The Tuskegee syphilis study is often cited as a reason why Black Americans might hesitate on the COVID-19 vaccine. But many say it's current racism in health care and Tuskegee is used as an excuse. (Image credit: Heidi de Marco / KHN)
Oumuamua: It Came From Another Solar System14h
A piece of an extrasolar Pluto may have passed through our cosmic neighborhood, a new study suggests.
America Is Now in the Hands of the Vaccine-Hesitant1d
It's official: America's vaccine-supply crunch is over. The U.S. has ordered, optioned, or procured enough doses to immunize every single member of the population more than five times over , and all adults will be eligible for the shots by May 1. In other words, after months of careful rationing and distribution snafus , we've finally hit a new phase of the pandemic endgame: vaccines galore. Next
Vesuvius killed people of Pompeii in 15 minutes, study suggests1d
Cloud of ash and gas engulfed Roman city within minutes and suffocated inhabitants, research says A giant cloud of ash and gases released by Vesuvius in 79 AD took about 15 minutes to kill the inhabitants of Pompeii, research suggests. The estimated 2,000 people who died in the ancient Roman city when they could not escape were not overwhelmed by the lava, but rather asphyxiated by the gases and
Grounded For Spring Break, College Students Talk About Who Got The Shot, And How1d
For the second year, undergraduates in New York City are mostly sticking to campus. But there is plenty of gossip about classmates exploiting loopholes to get vaccinated in order to travel or party. (Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The US is about to reach a surprise milestone: too many vaccines, not enough takers1d
The US has administered more than 118 million doses of covid-19 vaccines so far, and millions more are being injected every day. So far, demand from people who are desperate to get vaccinated has outstripped supply of the drugs, and when vaccine appointments are released, they're quickly scooped up. But jurisdictions across the country may soon face the opposite problem. As production ramps up, t
Perseverance's first month on Mars has yielded new sights and sounds1d
NASA's Perseverance rover has now been on Mars for about a month, and in that time it has observed rocks shaped by wind and water, along with recording audio of the rover driving
A Japanese spacecraft bombed an asteroid and it barely flinched1d
When the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft bombed the asteroid Ryugu, boulders near the impact didn't move nearly as much as expected, revealing how hard it is to make an asteroid-quake
Kilometre-high concrete towers on the moon could power a lunar base1d
The moon's lower gravity makes it practical to build huge towers covered in solar panels, using the lunar soil to create concrete. Such a tower at the moon's south pole could power a crewed base
Anti-feminist YouTube and Reddit content is a gateway to the alt-right1d
An analysis of 300 million comments on both YouTube and Reddit have found that people who engage with anti-feminist content are more likely to start engaging with alt-right communities online
Meteorite recovered in the UK after spectacular fireball in the sky1d
After a huge fireball streaked through the skies over the UK on 28 February, a team of scientists recovered meteorite fragments in and around the English town of Winchcombe
Should we all wear sensors to avoid being run over by driverless cars?1d
Pedestrians should wear radar reflectors to avoid being hit by self-driving cars, says a team of researchers that has created a device to make people more visible to a vehicle's artificial intelligence
Photos of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano2d
After several weeks of earthquakes, an eruption began about 25 miles from Reykjavik, Iceland, as Fagradalsfjall volcano began spewing lava into a small valley on March 19. Collected below, some early images from the event.
8 Public Gardens From Across the United States2d
These eight gardens, located across the United States, welcome visitors with a range of beloved blooms, traditional collections and experiential outdoor spaces.
Iceland volcano: Lava-spewing Fagradalsfjall 'subsiding'3d
The eruption was the first in the area for about 800 years and followed thousands of earthquakes.
The Calved Brunt Ice Shelf Reveals a Seafloor Teeming With Life Hidden For 50 Years3d
Some creatures were a surprise.
Echoes From a Comet That Crashed in 1994 Have Revealed New Data on Jupiter3d
We always keep learning.
Kvinde fra USA føder barn med corona-immunitet efter vaccinestik3d
I Danmark anbefaler man ikke coronavacciner til gravide.
Millennials Are Aging Really Badly, Experts Say4d
They may be the harbingers of doom for countless industries , but it seems like millennials aren't doing too hot themselves. At least, that's according to a team of Ohio State University sociologists who uncovered a disturbing trend: Generations X and Y — that second group are generally known as millennials — are aging really poorly. According to their research , which was published Thursday in t
Biden Nominates Bill Nelson to Lead NASA4d
Bill Nelson flew on a space shuttle in 1986 and lost re-election for a fourth Senate term in 2018. Some space advocates fear his approach to the agency could take it backward.
A Photographer Spent 12 Years Making This Milky Way Pic. It Will Crush Your Tiny Heart4d
1,250 hours of exposure time.
NASA's Enormous Moon Rocket Core Just Passed a Grueling Test4d
The Artemis mission could launch this year!
SLS: Successful test for world's most powerful rocket5d
Engineers have carried out a major engine test of Nasa's Space Launch System.
China Is Selling Deadly "Pterodactyl" Drones Around the World5d
Drone Swarm The combat drone business is booming in China, where the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp (AVIC) has been making a killing selling its heavily-armed combat drones to countries around the world. In recent years, AVIC has sold hundreds of its Wing Loong II — the name translates to the dinosaur "Pterodactyl" — drone, which carries a dozen missiles, to 16 countries including Nigeria, th
European Medicines Agency Finds AstraZeneca Vaccine Safe And Effective5d
"Its benefits continue to be far greater than its risks," said Dr. Sabine Straus of the agency's risk committee. It found no increase in the overall risk of blood clots with the vaccine. (Image credit: Screengrab by NPR/YouTube/European Medicines Agency)
A Gruesome Feeding Frenzy in the Atlantic Ocean5d
A dead whale can mean many things, but to sharks, it means a feast. This is the scene Chip Michalove encountered on March 4, when he saw the dead right whale bobbing in the ocean, getting torn to pieces by great whites. Even he, a South Carolina fisherman who has caught and released enough sharks to be nicknamed the "Shark Whisperer," had never seen a feeding frenzy like it. "It was a once-in-a-l
Local traffic changes 'more divisive than Brexit'5d
The schemes were introduced to tackle increasing traffic on minor roads but some face fierce opposition.
One Of Biden's Biggest Climate Change Challenges? The Oceans5d
Climate change is hitting the oceans hard, both warming and acidifying the water. Ocean scientists are hoping the Biden Administration dives in quickly to address it. (Image credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program5d
The Senate leader is objecting to a plan that would raise costs for some of his constituents by bringing flood insurance rates in line with climate risks.
Gigantic Stone 'Tiger Stripes' Etched Across Ethiopia Pose an Ancient Mystery5d
How did they get there?
Embryo-Like Forms Coaxed From Skin Cells Offer a Divisive New Way to Study Human Life5d
Cutting-edge science that not everybody's okay with.
WHO Investigators Think They Found Where the Pandemic Really Began6d
After conducting an exhaustive probe into how the coronavirus pandemic actually began within China, World Health Organization (WHO) investigators believe they've figured it out. The WHO plans to release a full report on the investigation in the coming weeks, but one member of the team told NPR this week that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 likely first jumped from animals to humans in one of several w
Can New Technologies Eliminate the Grim Practice of Chick Culling?6d
As the U.S. egg industry continues to kill male chicks, scientists are racing to develop accurate and affordable ways to sex a chick before it hatches
WHO thinks it knows where COVID-19 originated6d
In January, a WHO team of experts traveled to China to probe how the deadly pandemic first started.
Scientists Dump Telescope Into the World's Deepest Lake to Hunt for Dark Matter6d
Plunk! A team of Russian scientists is taking an unusual approach to finding neutrinos, a type of particularly elusive subatomic particle that might make up dark matter. Instead of pointing an observatory up at the cosmos and trying to detect neutrinos as they blast through the planet, these researchers dunked an orb-shaped telescope called the Baikal Gigaton Volume Detector (Baikal-GVD) almost a
Watch This Awesome Video of Clouds Drifting Across the Martian Sky7h
Martian Storm A stunning video that went viral over the weekend shows a fierce, dark cloud passing over a rocky landscape. But this isn't Arizona — it's the desolate surface of Mars. Clouds in the sky, gently passing overhead. On Mars, Friday, March 19, 2021. pic.twitter.com/jJpemPefIV — Prof. Paul Byrne (@ThePlanetaryGuy) March 20, 2021 The eight images were taken by NASA's Curiosity rover on Ma
Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia Years Later11h
A new study shows that concussions and other head traumas can have long-lasting effects on our health.
The Dehumanizing Logic of All the 'Happy Ending' Jokes11h
Almost a week has passed since the shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, which resulted in the death of eight people, six of them Asian or Asian American women. The Atlanta police have yet to say that the incidents were motivated by racism, seemingly in part because the shooting suspect told them that he suffers from a "sex addiction." FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, acco
How the U.S. Tax Code Privileges White Families11h
Soon after I got my master's degree in tax law from NYU in 1984, I started preparing my parents' tax returns. They filed jointly, and what always stuck out to me was how comparable their incomes were. My mother worked as a nurse at an assisted-living facility, and my father was a plumber with the New York City Housing Authority. Some years, my father's overtime would put him on top by a few hundr
Biden Just Showed Us What He Really Values12h
In September, one political observer cast a gimlet eye on then-candidate Joe Biden's theory about contemporary politics: He believes that once Trump is gone, Republicans on Capitol Hill will return to the low-key, courteous mien that Biden remembers (or thinks he remembers) from his long career in the Senate. Rather than relentlessly attacking these Republicans, Biden has chosen to reach out to t
We Must Confront Anti–Asian American Hate Crimes12h
The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, but Americans of Asian descent have had to deal with an additional crisis that accompanied the arrival of COVID-19: an alarming increase of hate, vitriol, and harassment directed at them simply because of their ethnic backgrounds or national origin. This disturbing reality has only recently spilled out into public view, but it's nothing new for Ame
The Curious Case of Florida's Pandemic Response12h
I started reporting this essay with a clear thesis: Florida is having a moment. To the extent that winning a pandemic is possible, Florida seemed to be winning the pandemic. Despite criticism from liberals for its laissez-faire approach to COVID-19, Florida has been "booming," according to CNN , and the state's success is "a vindication for their policies." Governor Ron DeSantis bragged that Flor
The Show That Changed Television Forever12h
Adapted from Rock Me on the Water , HarperCollins Publishers, 2021. W hen CBS first placed All in the Family on the air, on January 12, 1971, it irrevocably transformed television. After a shaky first season in which it struggled to find an audience, the show prospered, rising to become No. 1 in the ratings for five consecutive years, a record unmatched at the time. All in the Family commanded na
US agency questions AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine trial data14h
Drug firm may have provided incomplete view of efficacy data from US trial, says safety monitor Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has been dealt another blow within hours of AstraZeneca posting excellent results from its long-awaited big trial in the US. Questions have been raised in the US by the independent Data and Safety
Erin Brockovich: California water battle 'woke me up'15h
She has continued to call for safe water in the decades since the major case in the town of Hinkley.
AstraZeneca to revise vaccine trial data after monitors raise alarm15h
Independent board tells US authorities outdated information may have provided 'incomplete view' of efficacy
Former US Director of National Intelligence Says He's Seriously Puzzled by UFOs1d
UFO Sighting In an eyebrow-raising segment on Fox News , former US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made some intriguing claims about the federal government's tracking of unidentified flying objects (UFOs.) "Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public," he told Fox personality Maria Bartiromo. "Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sig
Can the UK avoid a third wave of Covid?1d
Analysis: as lockdown restrictions ease, the country now faces a race between vaccination and infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain's latest lockdown has dramatically reduced cases of coronavirus, and the number of people being admitted to hospital and dying from the disease. What the country faces now is essentially a race between vaccination and infecti
You Recovered From COVID-19. Now Your Coffee Smells Like Sewage.1d
Ruby Martinez was eating a banana when she noticed the nothingness. She chewed but tasted no sweetness. She sniffed but got none of the fruit's redolent musk. "I started freaking out," she says. She smelled a bottle of perfume. Nothing. She ate a pickle. Still nothing. That was in June. Since then, her senses of smell and taste have started to come back—but intermittently and in strange ways. The
Sea of Solitude Captures the Loneliness and Anxiety of the Pandemic1d
The newly revamped game is the latest in a slew of indie titles normalizing conversations around mental health.
How Microbiologists Craft Stunning Art Using Pathogens1d
Scientists mix microorganisms with agar, a jelly-like substance from seaweed, to create amazing illustrations in petri dishes
Where Science and Miracles Meet1d
Photographs by Balarama Heller O n the morning of October 13, 1917, a year from the end of World War I, a crowd of tens of thousands gathered in the town of Fátima, Portugal. They came to witness a miracle. Three shepherd children had prophesied that the Virgin Mary would miraculously appear on that day and give the world a sign. In the previous several months, the three children—Lúcia Abobora, a
AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets1d
A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.
Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It's Spilling Back1d
Bats likely gave it to a mystery animal that then gave it to people. We passed it on to minks. Where does it go from there—and could it come back to us?
The Whole Point Was to Avoid Mob Violence1d
Two months after the January 6 Capitol riot, it's now obvious that the threat of mob attacks on the government will continue to hang over the rest of the Biden years. That continuing threat was clear on March 4, America's original Inauguration Day, when the House suspended business following rumors of another armed assault on the Capitol. This time, the mob never materialized, but, unfortunately,
Covid-19 news: Fears of third wave grow as infections rise in Europe1d
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
Horses may recognise themselves in a mirror, hinting at self-awareness1d
Horses seem to recognise themselves in mirrors, and they may even use the information in their reflection to recognise their face is dirty and needs wiping clean
Satellite that can clean up space junk with a magnet about to launch1d
A satellite that grabs potentially dangerous space debris with a magnet and drags it to a fiery demise is about to launch and perform its first tests in orbit
Mathematicians who unravelled computational complexity win Abel prize1d
László Lovász and Avi Wigderson have jointly been awarded the Abel prize, which is sometimes called the Nobel prize of mathematics, for their "foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics"
Ancient 'computer' may have used bejewelled rings to model the cosmos1d
The 2000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, a bronze device that displayed the motion of the sun, moon and planets, may have used rings with gems to represent celestial bodies
The number of twins in the world is the highest it has ever been1d
The rising use of IVF, families having children later in life and medical advances are all contributing to growing numbers of twins being born and surviving – but the rate of twin births may now be at its peak
Extinction denialism is a worrying new anti-science movement1d
There are a growing number of people who deny the threats that many species face. It is a worrying trend, writes Graham Lawton
Physicists have measured gravity on the smallest scale ever1d
The smallest-scale measurements of gravity ever made show that a tiny gold ball weighing 90 milligrams can move another gold ball just a few nanometres through gravitational pull
US allows people vaccinated against covid-19 to mix indoors again1d
Vaccination means freedom to mix in private properties without social distancing or wearing masks, US authorities have said, but the guidance is deemed too risky for the UK
Keep warming under 1.5°C to stop tropics becoming too hot to live1d
If global warming exceeds 1.5°C, some places in the tropics will start becoming too hot and humid for people to survive
Carbon-negative crops may mean water shortages for 4.5 billion people1d
Harvesting energy crops and capturing the carbon released when they are burned is seen as central to fighting climate change – but could leave 4.5 billion people facing water shortages
How will zero-covid countries safely reopen their borders?1d
As plans are made for international travel to resume, covid-free countries may have to achieve herd immunity through vaccination before letting the rest of the world in
Effects of Finnish evacuation during second world war visible in DNA1d
The second world war left a major mark on the genetic composition of Finland, researchers have found, though the work may not have included minority ethnic groups
People of European descent evolved resistance to TB over 10,000 years1d
Analysis of ancient DNA shows that a genetic variant that increases susceptibility to tuberculosis has drastically decreased in Europe since the Bronze Age
Some frogs have noise-cancelling lungs to dampen other species' calls1d
To better hear a male's mating call, some female frogs have noise-cancelling lungs, which resonate at frequencies that filter out the sounds of other species
Over one-sixth of all food produced ends up being thrown in the bin1d
Consumer food waste hit 931 million tonnes in 2019, 17 per cent of global production. Although this figure includes non-edible waste such as bones, it suggests huge amounts of food are going uneaten
Benefits of microdosing psychedelic drugs may be due to placebo effect1d
Some people find that taking small doses of psychedelic drugs can sharpen awareness or improve their mood, but these benefits may happen simply because people believe they will
Scientists Just Demonstrated How These 'Spiders' Might Form on Mars1d
What a weird planet.
Rare Daytime Meteor Fell Over England, Caused House-Shaking Boom2d
Daytime Fireball A rare meteor soared across the skies of southern England on Saturday causing a sonic boom loud enough to shake people's homes. The fireball streaked across the sky over Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and Jersey on Saturday afternoon, according to the BBC . Though it was daytime, the meteor was bright enough to be spotted by those below. It was followed by a booming noise that was so l
Swiss kids suit up for 'Mission to Mars'2d
Leo pulls on a shiny, silver suit and places the helmet gingerly over his head before marching with the other budding astronauts towards their spaceship.
Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing2d
Researchers found that social media users are generally adept at identifying fake news. But that doesn't always affect their decision to repost it.
The New QAnon Docuseries Is a Gamified Mess2d
Early in the first episode of Q: Into the Storm , the filmmaker Cullen Hoback makes a confession. "QAnon creeps into your thoughts," he says, describing how years of investigating the false conspiracy theory that a cabal of powerful elites is engaging in ritualistic child abuse has warped his thinking. "It changes the lens with which you see the world." Hoback can't see the number 17 without thin
The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other2d
Thursday night's very public dustup between United States and Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska, during the Biden administration's first official meeting with China, may have seemed like a debacle, but the exchange was actually a necessary step to a more stable relationship between the two countries. In his brief opening remarks before the press, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that h
A New Object Just Appeared In This Constellation3d
New Nova Just Dropped A recent addition to the night sky last week should excite stargazers everywhere: a bright new nova in the Cassiopeia constellation. Yuji Nakamura, a Japanese amateur astronomer, discovered the new light source in Cassiopeia last Thursday, according to Astronomy . Researchers at Kyoto University verified the findings at the Okayama Observatory as a "classical nova," a phenom
The largest asteroid of the year will swing by Earth on Sunday. But don't worry.3d
The asteroid "2001FO32," is big, it's fast, but it poses no danger to Earth.
Skylab: The myth of the mutiny in space3d
Did a crew sent to the US Skylab space station go on strike? The last surviving member says it's a myth that won't die.
Do the Shetland Islands need a tunnel vision?3d
Some on the islands are looking to the Faroes for inspiration in tackling transport issues.
Sköldkörtel skapades i labb – började producera hormoner i kroppen3d
En sköldkörtel producerad i labb av mänskliga stamceller opererades in i möss som saknade sköldkörtelfunktion. Djuren blev både friskare och levde längre med de nya organen, visar en ny studie.
Bottom Trawling in The Ocean Is Running The Tap on Earth's Largest Carbon Sink3d
We need far more protected areas.
Zack Snyder's Justice League Indulges the Fans and No One Else3d
The film's official title is Zack Snyder's Justice League. So when Zack Snyder popped up on the video screen during an HBO Max–hosted virtual watch party last night, the fans went wild—as wild as they could in a chat box, anyway. "This movie is a masterpiece," a commenter wrote before the film started playing. "Zack I respect you so much," another gushed. Snyder, the director, choked up as he res
The Threat of Cascading Extinctions on Earth Could Be Greater Than We Thought4d
The webs of life are unraveling.
Our Asian Spring4d
M y mother's name is Tin Swe Thant. She was born just outside the former capital of Burma (now known as Myanmar), in a humid city on the delta of the Irrawaddy River called Rangoon (now known as Yangon). Names are always changing for the Burmese, and that includes our own names: My mother grew up during the sunset of British colonialism and attended English schools, where she was not allowed to b
Australian Bushfires Spewed Volcanic Eruption-Worth of Aerosols Into The Stratosphere4d
The effects could be far-reaching.
The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself4d
My unarticulated suspicions about Asian women being objectified, dehumanized targets have been confirmed.
Scientists uncover Antarctic sea creatures 'trapped under ice' for 50 years4d
When a gargantuan iceberg calved off of Antarctica last month, it revealed a bustling community of sea life for the first time in decades.
Earth Has Been Hiding a Fifth Layer in Its Inner Core4d
Scientists say they've detected a new, mysterious layer at the center of our home planet. The discovery could unearth more about Earth's history.
Rain uncovers bull idol at ancient Olympia4d
'Chance discovery' near the temple of Zeus was probably used as votive offering, Greek ministry says Rain has helped uncover a small bull idol at ancient Olympia in what the Greek culture ministry said on Friday was a "chance discovery". It said the bronze idol, found intact, was spotted by an archaeologist at the sprawling ancient site that inspired the modern Olympic Games during a scheduled vi
Billions of cicadas may be coming soon to trees near you4d
Abig event in the insect world is approaching. Starting sometime in April or May, depending on latitude, one of the largest broods of 17-year cicadas will emerge from underground in a dozen states, from New York west to Illinois and south into northern Georgia. This group is known as Brood X, as in the Roman numeral for 10.
Patrick Vallance: the adviser who spoke scientific truth to power4d
The UK's chief scientific adviser loves good food, enjoys a Scandi drama – and has been called 'the richest civil servant in history' Sir Patrick Vallance spent his 60th birthday at a podium in Downing Street, flanking Boris Johnson. Whatever plans he had were scrapped. Continue reading…
Particulates are more dangerous than previously thought4d
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have for the first time observed photochemical processes inside the smallest particles in the air. In doing so, they discovered that additional oxygen radicals that can be harmful to human health are formed in these aerosols under everyday conditions. They report on their results today in the journal Nature Communications.
Underfunded but 'fabulously well organised': a hospital trust chief on the NHS4d
University College London's Marcel Levi talks openly about what he loves and loathes about the health service A service so underfunded that hospital roofs leak, is worryingly reliant on overseas staff and with an "insular" culture that repels fresh ideas – but which has also performed superbly to save lives during the Covid pandemic. After four years running one of Britain's biggest hospitals Pro
An Unexpected Hubble Discovery Just Changed Our Understanding of Star Formation4d
Okay, what the actual heck.
Covid: viral shedding is greatest in afternoon, study suggests4d
Study comes as separate research indicates that school attendance has minimal impact on serious infections Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People may shed more coronavirus in the afternoons, suggesting this may be the best time of day to take tests, while separate research indicates that school attendance has a minimal impact on serious Covid-19 infections. The phase
New bacteria lurking on ISS no space oddity, says scientist5d
New species were discovered in the International Space Station – but they probably didn't come from outer space Four species of bacteria – three of them previously unknown to science – have been discovered onboard the International Space Station (ISS), begging questions about how they got there, and how they have managed to survive. Their discovery may also bolster future efforts to cultivate cro
Carola Eisenberg Dies at 103; Helped Start Physicians for Human Rights5d
She helped start the nonprofit after documenting atrocities in Latin America. She was also a pioneering educator at M.I.T. and Harvard.
Facebook's 'Red Team X' Hunts Bugs Outside the Social Network5d
The internal hacking team has spent the last year looking for vulnerabilities in the products the company uses, which could in turn make the whole internet safer.
3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better5d
This has been a year of terrible loss. People have lost loved ones to the pandemic. Many have gotten sick, and some are still suffering. Children have lost a year of school. Millions have lost a steady paycheck. Some have lost small businesses that they'd built for decades. Almost all of us have lost hugs and visits and travel and the joy of gathering together at a favorite restaurant and more. A
Biologist Marie Fish Catalogued the Sounds of the Ocean for the World to Hear5d
Scientists once thought marine life kept quiet. Then the Navy tapped an aptly named researcher with an open mind
EU countries to restart use of AstraZeneca vaccine5d
Germany, France, Spain and Italy reverse course after drugs regulator finds jab 'safe and effective'
Prehistoric armoured dinosaur may have been able to dig5d
Newly excavated skeletal remains of an ankylosaurid—a large armored herbivore that lived during the Cretaceous Period—may indicate that members of this family of dinosaurs were able to dig, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. The specimen, known as MPC-D 100/1359, may further our understanding of ankylosaurid behavior during the Late Cretaceous (84-72 million years ago).
Hubble shows torrential outflows from infant stars may not stop them from growing5d
Stars aren't shy about announcing their births. As they are born from the collapse of giant clouds of hydrogen gas and begin to grow, they launch hurricane-like winds and spinning, lawn-sprinkler-style jets shooting off in opposite directions.
Why Extraterrestrial Life May Not Seem Entirely Alien5d
On the website for the department of zoology of the University of Cambridge, the page for Arik Kershenbaum lists his three main areas of research, one of which stands out from the others. Kershenbaum studies "Wolves & other canids," "Dolphins & cetaceans" — and "Aliens." Granted, science hasn't yet found any aliens to study, but Kershenbaum says that there are certain things we can still say abou
The UAE Is Using Drones to Manipulate Weather5d
Rain Drop The United Arab Emirates is about to test an unusual, high-tech way of triggering more rainfall: flying drones into clouds and zapping them with electricity to trigger showers. Scientists from England's University of Reading helped develop a series of drones that can fly up into existing clouds and alter water droplets' electrical charge so they clump together "like dry hair to a comb,"
NASA Succeeds in 2nd Test of New S.L.S. Moon Rocket5d
A test earlier this year of the Space Launch System core stage was marred by errors, so the agency conducted a do-over.
Facebook is making a bracelet that lets you control computers with your brain5d
Facebook says it has created a wristband that translates motor signals from your brain so you can move a digital object just by thinking about it. How does it work? The wristband, which looks like a clunky iPod on a strap, uses sensors to detect movements you intend to make. It uses electromyography (EMG) to interpret electrical activity from motor nerves as they send information from the brain t
A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots5d
Officers' use of Boston Robotics' Digidog intensifies concerns about militarization of the police.
The US vaccine effect: rapid rollout starts to bear fruit5d
Analysis of official figures shows sharper decline in hospitalisations and deaths of older people
Space oddity Oumuamua probably shard of Pluto-like world, scientists say5d
Interstellar visitor likely made of frozen nitrogen, cookie-shaped rather than cigar, and not a comet or asteroid – while some stick to alien theory Our solar system's first known interstellar visitor is neither a comet nor asteroid as first suspected and looks nothing like a cigar. A new study says the mystery object is likely a remnant of a Pluto-like world and shaped like a cookie. Arizona Sta
Older people more likely to catch Covid a second time5d
Study finds under-65s have about 80% protection from virus for at least six months but over-65s only 47% Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Older people who have recovered from Covid cannot assume they are immune from a second attack, according to a new study that shows the under-65s are much less susceptible to reinfection. The study carried out in Denmark found that t
Polystyrene waste is everywhere, and it's not biodegradable. Scientists just found a way to break it down.6d
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and their partners from Clemson University have discovered a green, low-energy process to break down polystyrene, a type of plastic that is widely used in foam packaging materials, disposable food containers, cutlery, and many other applications.
Why Does DNA Spontaneously Mutate? Quantum Physics Might Explain6d
A phenomenon called proton tunneling could account for point mutations in strands of genetic material — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Scientists Grew Mouse Embryos in an Artificial Womb6d
A team of researchers in Israel have managed to keep mice embryos alive inside an artificial womb as far as day 12, MIT Technology Review reports , which is about half of the animal's gestation period. The same technique, as detailed in a paper published in the reputable journal Nature today, could perhaps be used on human embryos — a highly controversial topic in the scientific field that raises
There's Growing Suspicion That The Universe Is Filled With Invisible "Ghost Stars"6d
Ghost Stars It's a common assumption among scientists that galaxies are held together by invisible clumps of dark matter, an invisible substance that's never been observed directly. Now, several recent studies have started to piece together a provocative idea: Particles either made of or related to dark matter might clump together to form invisible "ghost stars," according to the BBC 's Science F
People Who Text While Walking Actually Do Ruin Everything6d
Clever experiments demonstrate how having your face in your phone disrupts the flow of pedestrian traffic and makes life difficult for everyone.
New research reveals why some octopuses punch fish6d
Octopuses are part of multispecific collaborative hunting groups with bottom-feeding fish. New research shows octopuses defending their territory by punching fish. The team believes this research helps reveal underlying game structures in the deep sea. The psychologist William James noted that consciousness did not arrive in the universe fully formed. Phenomena like perception and memory are in n
New Ebola Outbreak Suggests The Virus Might Lurk For Years Inside People6d
Laying in wait for half a decade.
Just-Launched Spacecraft Will Use Grappling Hook to Destroy Space Junk3h
Drag and Drop A Japanese company called Astroscale is tackling the increasingly dangerous cloud of space junk orbiting our planet and the real threat it poses to satellites and other spacecraft. The company launched a new kind of satellite called the End of Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) on Monday, Quartz reports . Soon, ELSA-d will use a powerful magnet to latch onto a doomed
NASA Chooses "Airfield" Location for Mars Helicopter•4h
NASA Ingenuity Mars
NASA has chosen the location where it will attempt a historic first: the first time a manmade object will try to take flight off the surface of another planet. As early as April , NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter will attempt to fly to roughly ten feet, according to acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk, who spoke during a Tuesday media briefing . The agency has officially chosen the "airfield"
NASA's Mars Helicopter Prepares for Its First Flight•4h
NASA Ingenuity Mars
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity traveled to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which is also preparing for its main science mission.
Plans Unveiled for Grand Mars City8h
Breaking Ground The architecture firm ABIBOO just released the plans for its — and perhaps the — first human city on Mars. Nüwa City, as it's called, would house 250,000 people and be built into the side of a giant Martian cliff, according to ABIBOO's press release , where residents would get the benefit of sunlight access while also being protected from the deadly onslaught of cosmic radiation.
Pandemic's damage to UK education and mental health will last a decade9h
The social, cultural and economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cause a decade-long shadow across education, mental health and public trust, according to a landmark report
Covid-19 news: Europe's third wave could hit UK, says prime minister9h
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
What's Good for the Ocean May Also Be Good for Business10h
Companies are trying to prove that conservation, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration are profitable.
Covid-19 has shown humanity how close we are to the edge | Toby Ord11h
To prevent catastrophe, governments must transform our resilience to climate breakdown, AI and engineered pandemics It is profoundly difficult to grapple with risks whose stakes may include the global collapse of civilisation, or even the extinction of humanity. The pandemic has shattered our illusions of safety and reminded us that despite all the progress made in science and technology, we rema
Sturgeon criticised by MSPs over Alex Salmond day after being cleared over ministerial code breach – live13h
Holyrood committee highly critical of Scottish first minister's accounts of meeting with former mentor Nicola Sturgeon accused of misleading parliament over Alex Salmond Nicola Sturgeon vows to focus on elections after being cleared by inquiry What did report that cleared Sturgeon of misleading parliament say? Timeline: major developments so far in the Sturgeon and Salmond affair Global coronavir
Lockdowns return or are extended as third wave of Covid sweeps Europe1d
Plans to ease restrictions have been rolled back in several countries owing to new variants taking hold Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Several European countries are extending or reintroducing lockdown measures as a third wave of the pandemic sweeps the continent fuelled by more contagious new variants of coronavirus such as the B117 mutation first detected in the U
Mystery of the walrus spotted on rocks on the Welsh coast1d
Experts have different theories as to how the cow-sized Arctic animal ended up so far south It could have been the incongruity of the walrus turning up on the Welsh coast . Or perhaps it was the discovery that the creature appeared to be on something of a tour of the British and Irish Isles while the human population remained in lockdown, their own chances of a foreign getaway shrinking daily. Ma
Anticipating Robot Soldiers, Britain Is Downsizing Its Human Troops1d
Military Downsizing As part of a major military overhaul, the United Kingdom's Army is about to shrink by 10,000 soldiers. Or at least, that's the number of human soldiers. Part of the move to restructure the military, the BBC reports , is to invest more heavily in military robots, drones, and other tools of high-tech combat. Overall, the update represents an adaptation to the changing face of wa
Study shows water hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Michigan is warming1d
Climate change is reaching all the way down to the depths of one of Earth's largest lakes.
How Film Helps Preserve the World's Diversity1d
The Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archive houses eight million feet of film which can help future generations reflect on the past
Five myths about the Big Bang1d
The whole universe was packed together in an infinitely small point, then it exploded, and the entire mass that made up the universe was sent out into space.
Major 'State of the Planet' report out in advance of first Nobel Prize Summit1d
Human actions are threatening the resilience and stability of Earth's biosphere—the wafer-thin veil around Earth where life thrives. This has profound implications for the development of civilization, say an international group of researchers in a report published for the first Nobel Prize Summit, a digital gathering to be held in April to discuss the state of the planet in the wake of the COVID-1
A Tsunami Likely Hurled Huge Rocks onto a Tiny Island1d
A Caribbean island's giant rocks were thought to be deposited by enormous waves — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Following Your Gut Isn't the Right Way to Go1d
I've spent years telling people, usually with exasperation and a certain amount of petulance, to trust experts and to stop obsessing about the rarity of their failure. But that was before a crisis in which millions of lives were dependent on a working relationship between science and government. Now that I must take my own advice, I feel the same anxiety I've so often dismissed in others. We—and
The US Navy has a mechanical battery that could power laser weapons1d
A small mechanical battery based on spinning flywheels can deliver short bursts of high power, which the US Navy could use for energy weapons or railguns
There's a global shortage of computer chips – what's causing it?1d
The covid-19 pandemic, a trade war between the US and China and a drought in Taiwan have affected the availability of computer chips for cars, appliances and video game consoles
Hybrid coronaviruses from merged variants are spreading between people1d
Recombinant viruses made up of two coronavirus variants mashed together are now circulating widely among people, although for now they don't seem to carry mutations that make them more dangerous
Ebola may persist in the body for years before sparking new outbreaks1d
A new Ebola outbreak in Guinea seems to have been sparked by a person who had the virus five years ago, suggesting those infected in the past could trigger future outbreaks
Women with senior jobs sleep better in countries with gender equality1d
Women in managerial roles seem to sleep better if they live in a country with greater gender equality. The same isn't true for male managers, who sleep better in countries with higher GDP
UK variant looks set to cause a surge in global coronavirus cases1d
Globally, since late February, coronavirus infections have started to rise again, mainly linked to the B.1.1.7 variant. The big question is what happens next
Mass graves in France belonged to opposing soldiers in medieval war1d
The bodies of people buried in two mass graves in Rennes have been identified as soldiers belonging to opposing armies who fought in the Siege of Rennes in 1491
Altered bioelectric genes give zebrafish wings like flying fish1d
Genes that affect bioelectric signals in flying fish also give rise to their wing-like fins – and when transplanted into zebrafish they transform its puny fins into wings too
Fingerprint ridges carry nerve endings that make us hypersensitive1d
Often overlooked as just a mark of identity, fingerprints actually give us our precise sense of touch through nerve endings in the fingerprint ridges
Seven alien space rocks should pass through our solar system each year1d
An estimate of the number of interstellar objects passing through the solar system suggests we should expect seven visitors a year, and some – three per century – could even be from another galaxy
One side of Earth's interior is losing heat much faster than the other1d
The Pacific hemisphere is losing heat from Earth's interior faster than the opposite hemisphere, probably because of where the Pangaea supercontinent was located millions of years ago
Signs that Earth was once almost entirely molten found in ancient rock1d
Chemical signatures in 3.7-billion-year-old basalt rocks from Greenland support the long-held theory that Earth was once almost entirely molten
Some Amazon jaguars have adapted to live in treetops to avoid flooding1d
Seasonal flooding can make parts of the Amazon river basin tricky terrain for land animals, so jaguars have taken to spending months in trees and eating monkeys and lizards they find up there
More than 4000 cheetahs have been trafficked in the past decade1d
Wild cheetah populations have declined drastically over the past century, with just 7100 cheetahs left in the wild – and trafficking is one of the causes
Nano-engineered sponge could soak up oil spills in cold Arctic waters1d
A sponge coated with a paraffin-like material can suck up 99 per cent of oil from water at 5°C, offering a solution to crude oil spills in Arctic environments
DNA reveals ancient Croatian massacre was an indiscriminate killing1d
A genetic analysis of prehistoric remains found in a mass grave in Croatia reveals the victims were men, women and children with few family links, suggesting an indiscriminate massacre
A quantum trick with photons gives machine learning a speed boost1d
Machine learning, a process used to train artificial intelligences, can take an extremely long time – but a quantum trick could massively speed things up for tasks involving particles of light called photons
Giving vaccine to older people first could help the coronavirus evolve1d
The strategy of vaccinating the eldest first may save the most lives in the short term, but also has the greatest risk of creating variants that escape vaccine immunity
Indian stone tool may be earliest evidence of humans outside Africa1d
What looks like a stone tool has been pulled from sediments in India that have been dated to 2.6 million years ago, suggesting an early exit from Africa – if the evidence stands up
People who have had covid-19 may only need one dose of vaccine1d
A small study shows that people who have previously been infected with the coronavirus make similar levels of antibodies after one vaccine dose as people normally have after two shots
One of our most basic assumptions about the universe may be wrong1d
The distribution of matter throughout the universe may not be the same in every direction, which could upend a fundamental tenet of cosmology and rewrite what we know about the moments after the big bang
Photonic laser thruster could power spacecraft from Earth1d
The Photonic Laser Thruster can move a 750-gram object along a low-friction rail – a small step to using the technology to push satellites rapidly between planets
We may have to rewrite our understanding of gravity1d
There is a mismatch between two ways of measuring galactic mass. Dark matter is one way to solve it, but so is rewriting the laws of gravity, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Repeated coronavirus lockdowns are taking a severe toll on children1d
The covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions have impacted children's mental health – which has already been declining for years in the UK and US
Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs1d
A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.
Tons of Old People Are Smoking Weed — And Doctors Are Worried2d
Don't be surprised if you see smoke drifting out of your grandma's retirement home when you visit her — she could just be hot boxing in the bingo hall with her friends. That's because there's been a rise of older adults smoking marijuana in recent years, and some researchers believe it's only heightened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The New York Times . A study from the National
Sherry Turkle: 'The pandemic has shown us that people need relationships'2d
The acclaimed writer on technology and its effect on our mental health talks about her memoir and the insights Covid has given her Sherry Turkle, 72, is professor of the social studies of science and technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was one of the first academics to examine the impact of technology on human psychology and society. She has published a series of acclaimed bo
This Is What It Would Be Like to Ride Starship During Its Epic "Belly Flop" Maneuver2d
If you've watched any of SpaceX's recent test launches, Starship prototypes have engaged in a white-knuckles mid-flight maneuver before descending back to Earth. Before landing, the Starship prototypes are designed to pull off a "belly flop" in which they switch off their engines, flip onto their front, and freefall horizontally before righting themselves — almost like a dolphin leaping out of th
An 'absolute plague' of mice is ravaging eastern Australia2d
A productive grain harvest has resulted in a 'plague' of mice rampaging through Australia, and locals are sick of cleaning up their poo.
We All Do It, But Is It Actually Safe to Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?2d
Experts weigh in.
Meteor streaks over Cuba, causes explosion3d
What is believed to be a meteor lit the sky over eastern Cuba and caused an explosion, scientists on the island said Saturday. There were no reports of damage or injury.
Tesla's "Fully Self Driving" Beta Would Fail A Driver's License Test•3d
Tesla Self Driving Beta
Needs Improvement Tesla's complete autopilot feature is being rolled out to more test users and it… uh, needs a little work. YouTuber AI Addict posted a video of a drive through downtown San Jose in a Tesla Model 3 using the company's "Full Self Driving" (FSD) Beta, according to Road and Track . In it, the semi-autonomous electric car can be seen swerving, attempting to drive down railroad tracks
My son Felix was 20 when he died. Better awareness of epilepsy might have saved him3d
It's been the hardest four years of my life but now I know my son will always be a part of me It's 9 March 2017. I am sitting in an ambulance, holding a plastic cup which contains tea from a machine. I've just been told my son is dead. I'm in a kind of paralysis. I feel the cold, smooth vinyl of the trolley I'm sitting on beneath me and look vacantly at the equipment and signs around me. Mind You
Trækker du vejret rigtigt? En simpel øvelse kan måske mindske træthed, stress og dæmpe vrede3d
Anne Sofie Espersen lindrer sine symptomer på sclerose med åndedrætsøvelser.
The Perseverance of New York City's Wildflowers3d
A park in Williamsburg awaits the miniature beauty of its spring blossoms.
We Need Social Science, Not Just Medical Science, to Beat the Pandemic3d
Human behavior and social inequity are huge confounding factors — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Bill Nelson: Former astronaut and senator nominated as Nasa chief3d
Bill Nelson, 78, is a former astronaut and senator with a long history of working on space issues.
UK draws up 'traffic light' plan for summer holiday travel3d
Whitehall departments remain at odds over how rapidly to lift ban on most overseas trips
Our Kids Are Not Broken3d
Our kids have lost so much—family members, connections to friends and teachers, emotional well-being, and for many, financial stability at home. And, of course, they've lost some of their academic progress. The pressure to measure—and remediate—this "learning loss" is intense; many advocates for educational equity are rightly focused on getting students back on track. But I am concerned about how
Researchers just measured Jupiter's stratospheric winds for the first time—and they're a doozy4d
This view of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere from NASA's Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet's southern jet streams. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/) An international team of astronomers just measured Jupiter's raging stratospheric winds for the very first time—and they used a 27-year-old comet to do it. Scientists had already measured wind speeds down in Jupiter's troposphere—where the pl
George Bass, Archaeologist of the Ocean Floor, Dies at 884d
He was called the father of underwater archaeology, finding treasures in shipwrecks around the world that illuminated ancient history.
The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.4d
Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.
Mystery unsolved: ghost ships circling off California4d
'Circle spoofing' is an as-yet unexplained version of GPS interference. It shows ships moving in virtual circles while they're somewhere else. Is this the cheaper, off the shelf version of a well-known cyberweapon? Impossible journey On June 5, 2019, the Nigerian crew boat Princess Janice made an impossible journey. Instead of ferrying crews to and from oil rigs in the Gulf of Guinea, it was some
Biden Admin Gives Out 100 Million Vaccine Doses in Just 58 Days4d
President Joe Biden has announced that his administration has distributed 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in just 58 days — beating its initial goal of 100 shots in 100 days by a wide margin. "Before President Biden took office, he set a goal of administering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days, which meant increasing vaccine supply and then turning vaccines into vacci
Scandinavian countries keep AstraZeneca vaccine on hold4d
France recommends use only for those aged 55 and over as other European nations resume rollout
Bored chimps at Czech zoos video chat during lockdown4d
Zookeepers from two zoos in the Czech Republic have set up big screens to allow their chimps to interact with each other via a video call.
Ancient Vertebrates May Have Had Tools For Walking Long Before They Left The Ocean4d
Look at those lil' legs!
Researchers design a biological device capable of computing by printing cells on paper4d
The Research Group on Synthetic Biology for Biomedical Applications at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, has designed a cellular device capable of computing by printing cells on paper. For the first time, they have developed a living device that could be used outside the laboratory without a specialist, and it could be produced on an industrial scale at low cost. The study is published
DARPA Is Funding Nanoparticles That Permeate Brain to Read Neural Signals4d
Instead of getting invasive neural implants needled into your brain , doctors may someday be able to flood your head with millions of nanoparticles that can read your neural signals from inside and relay them to a nearby computer. At least, that's the future that University of Miami engineer Sakhrat Khizroev is hoping for. He's developed magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENPs) that can travel throu
The UK will never become a 'science superpower' if it's cutting research budgets | Jeremy Farrar4d
The government promised to increase funding for vital scientific R&D to 2.4% of GDP – but its target is already slipping Earlier this week, the government put science at the heart of its strategy for the UK's place in the world. In its integrated review , it argued that cutting-edge science and strong leadership from the UK could make a huge difference for humanity. Researchers in the UK could be
Blad under isen visar att Grönland varit isfritt4d
Under kalla kriget upprättade amerikanerna en forskningsstation på Grönland, som dessutom var en hemlig militärbas. Där studerade forskarna den mer än kilometertjocka isen men fick också med sig jordprover från botten som aldrig undersöktes utan glömdes bort. Nu, över 50 år senare, har de analyserats och avslöjar att Grönlands inlandsis varit helt bortsmält någon gång under de senaste 1,1 miljoner
How Mrs. Edge Saved the Birds4d
Meet a forgotten hero of our natural world whose brave campaign to protect birds charted a new course for the environmental movement
I'm Agonizing over My Naive Realism4d
The philosophical position that the world has an objective, physical existence may be dubious, but we need it to address our very real problems — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Rick Doblin: How Can We Use Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy To Treat Trauma?4d
Many psychedelic drugs are illegal in the U.S. But Rick Doblin says psychedelic-assisted therapy helps many patients get to the core of their trauma. (Image credit: Courtesy of TED)
Data from Insight reveals size of Mars's core4d
An international team of researchers studying seismic data collected by NASA's Insight spacecraft has used the data to calculate the size of Mars' core. The group plans to discuss their findings at this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, which will be held virtually due to the pandemic. As a prelude to the conference, team member Simon Stähler has made available a prerecorded presentat
Study shows experimental evidence of an altruistic nature in small convict cichlid fish4d
If you were given the option to eat a delicious meal by yourself, or share that meal with your loved ones, you would need a very good excuse ready if you chose the former. Turns out, fish share a similar inclination to look after each other.
Can you be scientific and spiritual?4d
While the anti-scientific bias of religious fundamentalism requires condemnation, if we take a broader view, does the human inclination towards spiritual practice still require the same antagonism? The answer, I think, is a definitive "No." Rather than ontological claims about what exists in the universe, the terms spiritual and sacred can describe the character of an experience. Instead of a "th
Be more Alice! The fictional characters with lessons for lockdown4d
Anxiety, boredom, claustrophobic relationships… characters from Jane Eyre to Mrs Dalloway can provide vital insights into how to live in these anxious times, writes Josh Cohen Should we be suspicious of the idea that fiction can help us to live meaningful lives? After all, as Plato observed (via a fictionalised Socrates), Homer's stories were composed to stir and entertain rather than to instru
Video Game Anxiety Is Real. Here's How to Manage It4d
Even games that used to be soothing can trigger negative feelings when you fail to level up, or when you feel like you've let down your team.
Ultracold Quantum Collisions Have Been Achieved in Space for the First Time4d
Creating Bose-Einstein condensates—and crashing them together—in microgravity could lead to physics breakthroughs, better spacecraft navigation and more — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Bioengineers learn the secrets to precisely turning on and off genes4d
In a recent study led by the University of Bristol, scientists have shown how to simultaneously harness multiple forms of regulation in living cells to strictly control gene expression and open new avenues for improved biotechnologies.
Schumann Resonances: Is the Earth's 'heartbeat' influencing human behavior?4d
The Schumann Resonances are a set of frequencies produced by electromagnetic waves in Earth's lower ionosphere. The frequencies, created from thunderstorms and lightning, range from 7.83 Hz, called the Earth's "heartbeat," to 33.8 Hz. The Schumann Resonance has been studied for its effect on the planet as well as on humans. Flashes of lightning that strike around the earth about 50 times every se
AstraZeneca Vaccine Was Just Declared Safe by The EMA. Here's What That Means5d
"If it was me I would be vaccinated tomorrow."
Melting glaciers contribute to Alaska earthquakes5d
In 1958, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered a rockslide into Southeast Alaska's Lituya Bay, creating a tsunami that ran 1,700 feet up a mountainside before racing out to sea.
Clot theory curdles into junkets for migrants on Isle of Man5d
PM welcomes vaccine safety vow, then spots new offshore home for folk trafficked here under false pretence – of getting a welcome After a morning spent painting flowers at a primary school in his Uxbridge constituency, Britain's prize clot returned to Downing Street to lead a press conference on clots. Blood clots to be precise. Following the decision of some countries to suspend their Oxford Ast
Coronavirus Vaccines Seem to Treat Long-Hauler Symptoms5d
As the pandemic rages on, a growing number of people are coming to the unfortunate realization that their coronavirus symptoms aren't going away after the expected amount of time. These COVID-19 long-haulers, as the phenomenon has come to be known, can last for weeks or even months . Between 10 and 30 percent of coronavirus survivors experience long-hauler symptoms including persistent fatigue, b
Facebook's Neural Wristband Actually Sounds Pretty Cool5d
Facebook has teased a wristband-based augmented reality controller that could integrate the technology into our daily lives more seamlessly than ever — if the company is to be believed. Last year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was getting set to release a pair of AR glasses as soon as 2021. Since then, we've gotten sparse details about the project, run by Facebook Reality Labs (FRL)
It's Time to Lift the Female Lockdown5d
"Dear Sarah," read the note left on the makeshift memorial, "we are so sorry. You did nothing wrong." It was just after 5 p.m., an hour from sunset, on March 13 and women were already beginning to gather at the park in Clapham, South London, to remember Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman kidnapped from the capital's streets on March 3. Her body was found a week later in a woodland 50 miles away,
What A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff Taught Me About Mourning5d
Was it only a year ago when theaters around the country went dark , save for a lingering ghost light onstage? It feels more like 525,600 minutes , give or take a few—a period of ever-accumulating loss, with the odd glimmer of daylights and sunsets. I've been thinking about how we measure these elegiac anniversaries, in part because they line up with memories of loss in my own family. One of my be
Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules5d
Much of the carbon in space is believed to exist in the form of large molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Since the 1980s, circumstantial evidence has indicated that these molecules are abundant in space, but they have not been directly observed.
How the Inca Built Machu Picchu5d
The city's longevity attests to the craftsmanship and practical prowess of its builders.
Molecules Never Before Seen in Space Have Been Identified Among The Stars5d
How did they even get there?
Did the coronavirus leak from a lab? These scientists say we shouldn't rule it out.5d
Nikolai Petrovsky was scrolling through social media after a day on the ski slopes when reports describing a mysterious cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, caught his eye. It was early January 2020, and Petrovsky, an immunologist, was at his vacation getaway in Keystone, Colorado, which is where he goes most years with his family to flee the searingly hot summers at home in South Australi
Biden Reportedly Picks Former Astronaut as a New Head of NASA5d
New Admin, Who Dis According to anonymous sources, president Joe Biden is eying former Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) for the role of NASA administrator, The Verge reports . The nomination comes at a very important and turbulent time for NASA. The agency is accelerating its efforts to return American astronauts to the Moon as part of its Artemis mission — and as soon as 2024. The Biden administration
Scientists take step towards quantum supremacy5d
A Russian-German research team has created a quantum sensor that grants access to measurement and manipulation of individual two-level defects in qubits. The study by NUST MISIS, Russian Quantum Center and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, published in npj Quantum Information, may pave the way for quantum computing.
Seismic Ripples Reveal Size of Mars's Core5d
Mars becomes the first inner planet after Earth to have its core measured — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ocean Creatures Mysteriously Swim in Circles, And Scientists Don't Know Why5d
"I doubted my eyes when I first saw the data."
How to End a Conversation Without Making Up an Excuse5d
Later this year, if all goes well, Americans will be awash in social interactions again. At offices and schools, on sidewalks and in coffee shops, we'll be bumping into one another like it's 2019. The resulting flood of conversations will be extremely welcome. But less front of mind, at this still socially stifled moment, are the awkwardness and discomfort that will return along with day-to-day i
NASA Releases Beautiful New Renders of Lunar Gateway Space Station5d
Extra Large NASA has released a number of gorgeous digital renders of a SpaceX Dragon XL lunar resupply spacecraft rendezvousing with the agency's planned lunar Gateway, an outpost that's meant to serve as a stepping stone for future astronauts on their way to the surface of the Moon. The images, spotted by Teslarati senior spaceflight reporter Eric Ralph, show the massive cylindrical spacecraft
Facebook Finally Explains Its Mysterious Wrist Wearable5d
The company wants to develop new human-computer interactions. Will we be able to trust it with a new form of personal data?
Experiments show distracted pedestrians can slow people behind them5d
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and Nagaoka University of Technology has found that distracted pedestrians walking on crowded sidewalks can slow the pace of those people behind them. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes experiments they conducted with pedestrians distracted by their smartphones and what they found.
Engineered microbe excels at 'breathing rubber,' could curb reliance on petroleum5d
Burning rubber? Tired. Breathing rubber? Inspired.
Retesting 1.7m vaccines and Indian delay blamed for UK shortage5d
Shipments of AstraZeneca doses from Serum Institute emerge as pinch point in supply to the NHS
Bacteria Behind UTIs Make Their Own DNA Building Blocks From Your Urine5d
And we might be able to stop them.
'I'd call for a tow': Mars Perseverance rover sounds a bit scratchy in first recorded drive5d
Perseverance could perhaps do with a service as Nasa experts investigate unexpectedly high-pitched scratching noise Nasa's newest Mars rover has sent back the first-ever sounds of driving on the red planet – a grinding, clanking, banging affair that by Earth standards would be pretty worrisome. The noises made by Perseverance's six metal wheels and suspension on the first test drive two weeks ago
Moderna is now testing its COVID-19 vaccine on kids. Here's everything you need to know.6d
Pediatricians say children should not be left behind when studying how well a vaccine works. (Thomas Park/Unsplash /) Click here to see all of PopSci's COVID-19 coverage. Kids are now receiving their first doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, as the company begins phases two and three of their new vaccine trials. About 6,750 healthy children aged 6 months to 11 years will take part in this two-pa
Elvis (the helicopter) is cheating death by becoming a drone6d
Elvis is on the right. (Dave Soderstrom / Erickson/) The makers of an old workhorse helicopter named Elvis are converting their venerable flying machine into an autonomous robot. Aircraft maker Erickson and helicopter giant Sikorsky are working together to retrofit the cargo helicopter into a flying robot, one that could both fight forest fires and resupply military missions, all without risking
Gun violence rises in TV dramas over two decades, paralleling US gun homicide trends6d
Gun violence in popular prime-time broadcast television dramas has increased steadily over almost two decades, a trend that parallels the rise in U.S. homicide deaths attributable to firearms, according to research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.
Scientists: 'Oumuamua Was Likely a Chunk of a Pluto-Like Planet6d
When a Canadian astronomer spotted what appeared to be an object hurtling through the solar system, accelerated by an unknown force back in 2018, the astronomy community didn't know what to make of it. It didn't have a tail like a comet, seemed to be flat like a pancake or cigar-like in shape, and also appeared to be pushed away from the Sun by an unknown force. Since then, many scientists have m
Extinction looms for a bird that has forgotten how to sing6d
Male Regent honeyeaters can no longer court females successfully
How a top-secret nuclear project became a gold mine for data on Greenland's ice sheet6d
A forgotten ice core has given researchers new information about when Greenland's ice sheet may have previously melted. (Joshua Brown/UVM/) In 1966, in the middle of the Cold War, scientists extracted a nearly mile-long core of ice and sediment from Greenland's ice sheet. The scientists' work was a cover for "Project Iceworm," an effort by the U.S. military to potentially store and launch nuclear
WWII-era stimulant drug discovered in weight loss supplements6h
The drug was one of nine prohibited stimulants found in sports and weight loss supplements.
Genes of 500 million-year-old sea monsters live inside us8h
Primeval sea creatures share genes with humans, suggesting that we're more like ancient animals than previously thought.
Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal8h
For computer scientists and mathematicians, opinions about "exponent two" boil down to a sense of how the world should be. "It's hard to distinguish scientific thinking from wishful thinking," said Chris Umans of the California Institute of Technology. "I want the exponent to be two because it's beautiful." "Exponent two" refers to the ideal speed — in terms of number of steps required — of perfo
How Audio Pros 'Upmix' Vintage Tracks and Give Them New Life12h
Experts are using AI to pick apart classic recordings from the 50s and 60s, isolate the instruments, and stitch them back together in crisp, bold ways.
Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli review – the mysteries of quantum mechanics16h
Having altered how we think about time, the physicist sets his sights on perhaps the most maddeningly difficult theory of all Carlo Rovelli, the Italian theoretical physicist, is one of the great scientific explicators of our time . His wafer-thin essay collection, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics , sold more than 1m copies in English translation in 2015 and remains the world's fastest-selling scie
A Star Just Exploded in The Sky, And It Is Easy to Observe17h
Just look for Cassiopeia.
Did a scholar really find an early copy of the Ten Commandments?1d
A biblical text dismissed as a forgery in the 19th century is not only authentic but is actually a predecessor to the Book of Deuteronomy, a scholar now says. Not everyone agrees.
A new poll reveals split opinions on how—and when—police body cam footage is released1d
Since the peak of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, body cameras have been the focus of changes to increase transparency in police departments across the country. (Sean Lee/Unsplash/) Dan Bromberg is an associate professor of Public Administration and Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. Étienne Charbonneau is an associate professor and Canada research chair in Compara
Scientist bridges the gap between quantum simulators and quantum computers1d
A researcher from Skoltech has filled in the gaps connecting quantum simulators with more traditional quantum computers, discovering a new computationally universal model of quantum computation, the variational model. The paper was published as a Letter in the journal Physical Review A. The work made the Editors' Suggestion list.
We are all either desperately lonely – or desperate for alone time. Which are you? | Emma Beddington1d
I have had no more than a few hours on my own in a year. All this time with my family means I never have time to think What would you give for a day on your own? Fifty pounds, £1,000, a toe? Perhaps that feels offensive: it depends, of course, how you have spent the past 365. You might sacrifice a digit for a soft body to slump against on the sofa, for the hot, heavy weight of a sleeping child nu
You Probably Don't Remember the Internet1d
For many of us, for better or for worse, the internet is home. Our communities are here, because many of them could not exist any other way. Superfans , shitposters , amateur experts , wiki nerds , grizzled forum moderators , obsessive sneaker enthusiasts, and hobbyists who spend a substantial amount of their time photographing vintage Furbies in human clothes, for example—the cultural and creati
Human skin cells altered to mimic early stage of embryo development1d
Structures that model early human embryonic development, created from reprogrammed skin cells, could be used to study infertility, early miscarriage, and the earliest stages of development in utero
Your leg muscles automatically act to stop you falling when you trip1d
When you miss a step on the stairs and your foot drops further than expected, muscles that usually contract at opposing times work together to help keep you balanced
Miniature human tear glands grown in a lab cry real tears just like us1d
Tiny organoids that function like human tear glands have been grown in the lab – eventually they could be transplanted into people to treat dry eye diseases
Mars's crust may have sucked up most of the planet's water1d
Mars used to be covered in water, but it dried out billions of years ago. A lot of that water may have been irreversibly sucked up and turned into minerals in the ground
Hibernating marmots don't seem to age – could humans do the same?1d
A key sign of ageing slows right down when ground squirrels are hibernating. This suggests we might be able to induce similar changes to put humans in suspended animation for long-distance space travel
Early humans may have turned to small game after wiping out big beasts1d
Our early human ancestors ate more meat than their hominin forerunners – and some researchers think their hunting strategies offer a clue to how we evolved our intelligence
Heart Problems in Pets Could Be Linked to COVID Variant. Here's What You Must Know1d
The research was done by veterinarians.
Ode to Tortillas2d
there's two ways to be a Mexican writer that we've discovered so far. you can be the Mexican writer who writes about tortillas or you can be the Mexican writer who writes about croissants instead of the tortillas on their plate. (can you be a Mexican writer if you're allergic to corn?) there's two ways to be a Mexican writer that are true & tested. you can write about migration or you can write a
The Peculiar Ransomware Piggybacking Off of China's Big Hack2d
DearCry is the first attack to use the same Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, but its lack of sophistication lessens the threat.
Bild för bild: Arkeolog Jonathan Lindström visar hur det 2000 år gamla kosmologiska uret fungerar3d
För 120 år sedan hittades en ärgad bronsplatta i ett vrak utanför den grekiska ön Antikythera. Fyndet har visat sig vara en avancerad beräkningsmaskin och först nu har forskare fullt ut lyckats komma på hur den var konstruerad. Spela klippet och se Jonathan Lindström visa hur den användes.
4 udfordringer, Danmarks nye, digitale coronapas skal overvinde4d
Danmark får et digitalt coronapas fra maj måned. DR's viden- og techkorrespondent forudser fire udfordringer, passet kan løbe ind i.
Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why? | Nicola Davis4d
Most side-effects are mild and short-lived, and some groups are more likely to get them than others Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage According to Public Health England , most side-effects from the Covid vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca – are mild and short-lived. These include soreness where the jab was given, feeling tired or achy and headaches. Unco
We now know babies can be born with COVID-19 antibodies5d
The concept of COVID-19 antibodies crossing the placenta is not unheard of. Over the past year, there have been a few documented cases. (Pixabay/) Scientists have documented the first known case of a baby being born with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after their parent's vaccination. The mother, a south Florida frontline healthcare worker, was given the Moderna vaccine, the first dose of which she receiv
Chemists develop new material that helps smart glass change its color in record time5d
Smart glass can change its color quickly through electricity. A new material developed by chemists of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich has now set a speed record for such a change.
'First complete models' of a human embryo made in the lab5d
The model embryos could shed light on early human development.
Bill Gates Is Upbeat on Climate, Capitalism, and Even Politics5d
The technologist and philanthropist goes beyond his recent book to talk about climate denial, vaccines, and David Foster Wallace.
City of Ghosts Is a Better Way to See LA—and Everywhere Else5d
Animator Elizabeth Ito's series is a snuggly, funny fighter for telling the diverse stories that shape a city.
The Wild World of a New Nature Preserve in Ecuador5d
Scientists have already begun discovering new species in the hotbed of biodiversity
Here's 10,000 Hours. Don't Spend It All in One Place.5d
" How to Build a Life " is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. O n October 20, 1874 , in Danbury, Connecticut, a child was born who would grow up to be one of the greatest American composers of classical music. More than a half-century ahead of his time, he combined late romanticism, American folk, and avant-garde techniques in a way that revolutionized
Apple Bent the Rules for Russia. Other Nations Will Take Note6d
Russian iPhone buyers will soon be prompted to install software developed in that country, setting a precedent that other authoritarian governments may follow.
AI Can Now Debate with Humans and Sometimes Convince Them, Too6d
Today on the Science Talk podcast, Noam Slonim of IBM Research speaks to Scientific American about an impressive feat of computer engineering: an AI-powered autonomous system that can engage in… — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Scientists Detect Chemicals Inside Pregnant Women They Can't Even Identify2h
An alarming new study found dozens of "mystery chemicals" inside the bodies of pregnant women, leaving scientists both concerned and confused. Of the 109 unusual, human-made chemicals identified in the study, 55 had never been found inside the human body before, according to research published last week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology . Another 42 were complete mysteries — both
To be declassified: UFO broke sound barrier with no sonic boom6h
Former Trump intelligence director John Ratcliffe told Fox News that more unexplained sightings of flying objects will soon be declassified.
Caltech Scientists Say They Can Read Human Brain With Ultrasound6h
A new trick uses precise ultrasound imaging — the same kind that lets parents-to-be see their kid before it's born — to read and even predict activity within the brain. Scientists at Caltech were able to use ultrasound to listen in as blood sloshed around in different parts of the brain, which they quickly realized was a proxy for which neural regions were active at any given moment, according to
Embryos reverse ageing to become younger than when they first formed9h
An embryo can reverse signs of ageing and appear younger than the fertilised egg from which it arose. This almost paradoxical finding suggests that embryos are able to rejuvenate, which could lead to ways of reversing age-related
Covid vaccine used on apes at San Diego zoo trialled on mink11h
Experimental animal jabs could stop spillover back to humans, says firm behind vaccines for primates At the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo's western lowland gorilla troop had caused panic among staff after the virus spread to the animals, probably from an asymptomatic zookeeper.
'Netanyahu Is Playing With Fire With the Democrats'18h
Today, Israel will hold its fourth election in two years. This is a sign not of democracy on steroids, but instead of acute dysfunction, a semipermanent paralysis brought about, strangely, by the extreme stability of Israeli voting patterns: Neither the incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, nor his various opponents have been able to change enough minds to build a durable parliamentary majority. Netanya
Vaccine-friendly Britons puzzled by AstraZeneca jab's EU troubles18h
Clouds over the Oxford-made jab and dispute over supplies leave Brexiters feeling vindicated and Europhiles confused
Uncovering the evolutionary history of a snake through its markings1d
A snake that actually looks like many different snakes. It sounds like a riddle. It sort of is.
Chasing the Elusive Numbers That Define Epidemics1d
Variables in epidemiological models aren't usually well known to the general public, but one has had a genuine movie star moment. "What we need to determine is this," says a scientist played by Kate Winslet in the film Contagion . "For every person who gets sick, how many other people are they likely to infect?" On a whiteboard, she writes down the answer for several familiar diseases: around 1 f
This Group Wants to 'Ban Surveillance Advertising'1d
A new front is opening in the fight to reform Facebook and Google—right at the heart of their business model.
A material that is superconductive at room temperature and lower pressure1d
A team of researchers from the University of Rochester, the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Nevada Las Vegas has reduced the amount of pressure required to force a material to become superconductive at room temperature, improving on their own previous results. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group outlines their technique and plans
Pilot Whales Show Possible Orca-Mimicking Repertoire1d
Southern long-finned pilot whales' calls could help them outsmart an apex predator — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Jaw-dropping Milky Way mosaic took 12 years to create. Here's why.1d
A new mosaic of the Milky Way galaxy took 12 years and 1,250 hours of photographic exposure to create.
Airline shares fall sharply as doubts over summer travel grow1d
Analysts expect airlines to need more cash if the summer is a write-off
Llamas and alpacas carry genes from mysterious 'ghost' relatives1d
Preserved DNA from animals that lived over 2400 years ago suggests that present-day llamas and alpacas are descended in part from an extinct population of camelids called guanacos
Recent Australian wildfires led to record atmospheric pollution1d
The 2019–20 bushfire season in Australia led to record levels of stratospheric aerosols over the southern hemisphere, according to satellite data
Should you get a test to measure antibodies after a covid-19 vaccine?1d
New "immunity tracker" tests that claim to measure your precise antibody levels after infection or a covid-19 vaccine are for sale, but the results might not be as useful as they seem
Facebook AI learned object recognition from 1 billion Instagram pics1d
Artificial intelligence built by Facebook has learned to classify images from 1 billion Instagram photos. The AI used a different learning technique to many other similar algorithms, relying less on input from humans.
Eagle-inspired robot flies by flapping its feather-covered wings1d
A robot that looks like a bird, flaps its wings like a bird and flies like a bird could be used as a stealthy, camouflaged drone
Sport urged to drop high carbon sponsorship deals1d
Sports teams and competitions are urged to drop sponsorship deals from companies that promote "high carbon lifestyles, products and services".
Can you solve it? The crazy maths of crypto1d
A puzzle about trust, secrets, and the world's weirdest proof UPDATE: The solution can be read here Today's puzzle is based on a ground-breaking mathematical concept which last week won one of its pioneers the Abel Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of maths. The concept is the zero-knowledge proof , and it has many applications in digital cryptography . Let me briefly explain. Continue reading…
How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices2d
Using Windows or Android no longer shuts you out from Apple services—here's how to access them.
How did coyotes become regular city slickers?2d
Coyotes originated in prairies and deserts, but are now right at home in big cities across North America. How did this naturally shy creature learn to thrive in crowded urban landscapes?
UK's drastic cut to overseas aid risks future pandemics, say Sage experts3d
Major research projects will be cancelled, including those designed to head off future disease threats, warn scientists The government's drastic cut to overseas aid risks damaging the world's ability to fight the next global health disaster and keep Britain safe, some of its own scientific advisers on Covid are warning. In a significant escalation of the backlash against the cut, which will see m
You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps3d
Install these tools to supercharge the capabilities of your Apple wearable.
Laser detection and GPS guide this new mortar to its target with better accuracy3d
A traditional US Army 120mm mortar firing in 2017. (Killo Gibson / US Army /) A mortar is artillery at its most simple. A shooter angles the mortar's tube just right, drops the bomb in, and then the round rockets out, arcing a high trajectory up and over any protective walls between the shooter and its target. The "Iron Sting," a new kind of mortar-launched bomb made by Israel's Elbit Systems, ai
A SpaceX Engineer's Dark Web Insider Trading Sparks SEC First4d
"MillionaireMike" allegedly ran a stock tip scam that earned him $27,000 in bitcoin payments.
Was the Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua a Nitrogen Iceberg?4d
If so, as has recently been suggested, there are likely many more such icebergs moving between star systems — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com