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Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements -- acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid's surface material. [...]
Sat, Oct 24, 2020, Continue reading at the source
More than 40 of the birds, in coalitions of three or four, may fight for days over oak trees in which to store their acorns. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Oct 24, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Get the full scoop on Bennu and Venus, and get yourself the most cosmic face mask out there. [...]
Fri, Oct 23, 2020, Continue reading at the source
The volatile compounds released by microbial communities on cheese rinds shape and shift a cheese's microbiome. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Oct 23, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Humans are born with a part of the brain that is prewired to be receptive to seeing words and letters, setting the stage at birth for people to learn how to read, a new study suggests. Analyzing brain scans of newborns, researchers found that this part of the brain -- [...]
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, Continue reading at the source
The mass extinction asteroid happened to strike a place where the rock contained lots of organic matter, and sent soot into the stratosphere where it could block sunlight for years.   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, Continue reading at the source
New radio images from ALMA show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of Jupiter's moon Io. [...]
Wed, Oct 21, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Three decades after astronomer Carl Sagan suggested that Voyager 1 snap Earth's picture from billions of miles away -- resulting in the iconic Pale Blue Dot photograph - two astronomers now offer another unique cosmic perspective: Some exoplanets -- planets from beyond our own solar system - have a direct [...]
Wed, Oct 21, 2020, Continue reading at the source
The first analysis of a sedimentary drill core representing 1 million years of environmental history in the East African Rift Valley shows that at the same time early humans were abandoning old tools in favor of more sophisticated technology and broadening their trade, their landscape was experiencing frequent fluctuations in [...]
Wed, Oct 21, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Planners returned water to Arizona's Santa Cruz River's dry bed in 2019, and various species began showing up the same day. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, Continue reading at the source
NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm Tuesday, and in a first for the agency, briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. [...]
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have linked a brain region to what they call neural polarization, offering a glimpse into the partisan brain in the weeks leading up to what is arguably the most consequential U.S. presidential election in modern history. [...]
Tue, Oct 20, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Researchers say three ancient leather balls, dug up from the tombs of horsemen in northwestern China, are the oldest such specimens from Europe or Asia. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sun, Oct 18, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Thin tissue grafts and flexible electronics have a host of applications for wound healing, regenerative medicine and biosensing. A new device inspired by an octopus's sucker rapidly transfers delicate tissue or electronic sheets to the patient, overcoming a key barrier to clinical application. [...]
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, Continue reading at the source
A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped solve a long-standing scientific enigma. [...]
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, Continue reading at the source
From mammals to mollusks, animals living among humans lose their antipredator behaviors. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have identified a number of 'silent' mutations in the roughly 30,000 letters of the COVID-19 virus's genetic code that helped it thrive once it made the leap from bats and other wildlife to humans -- and possibly helped set the stage for the global pandemic. [...]
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, Continue reading at the source
Get ready for OSIRIS-REx’s upcoming sample collection and share your gift ideas for space lovers. [...]
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, Continue reading at the source
NASA's OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu on 20 October 2020. [...]
Wed, Oct 14, 2020, Continue reading at the source
The ancestors of today’s dogs already exhibited some playfulness, which became a key trait during domestication. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Oct 13, 2020, Continue reading at the source