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Advances In Science

Science news and discoveries made possible through the contributions and work of the Estate Foundation and the Morrison Fellowship Prize.

The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a new study found. The study investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet, fat and bitter tastes influence the snacks preschoolers choose and found nearly 80 per cent carried at least one of these genotypes [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New research overturns a long-held assumption that Przewalski's horses, native to the Eurasian steppes, are the last wild horse species on Earth. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
When a complex system is left alone, it will return to its initial state with almost perfect precision. Gas particles in a container, for example, will return almost exactly to their starting positions after some time. For decades, scientists have investigated how this 'Poincaré Recurrence Theorem' can be applied to [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world's oldest known cave paintings -- suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The presence or absence of a unique brain signal after a listener has heard some speech indicates whether or not that listener has understood what has been said. The discovery has a number of practical applications, including tracking language development, assessing brain function post-injury, and confirming whether important instructions have [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
While we can measure properties of these upper layers using ground-based instruments, satellite-borne remote sensing instruments can give us a more frequent, global, and often higher spatial resolution perspective. And that is precisely what NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will deliver. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have demonstrated that the new neurons produced in adults react preferentially to reward-related sensory stimuli and help speed up the association between sensory information and reward. Adult-born neurons therefore play an important role in both the identification of a sensory stimulus and the positive value associated with that sensory [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
After a hiatus of nearly 500 sols, Curiosity is ready to attempt drilling into a Mars rock again. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archeologists is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a new study. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have turned the smallest possible bits of diamond and other super-hard specks into 'molecular anvils' that squeeze and twist molecules until chemical bonds break and atoms exchange electrons. These are the first such chemical reactions triggered by mechanical pressure alone, and researchers say the method offers a new way [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Understanding an ecosystem means following changes in the abundances and identities of the species present as the clock ticks. The BioTIME database should help. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap? [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Last week the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity celebrated its 5000th sol on Mars, and it celebrated by taking the first complete Mars Exploration Rover self-portrait. [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Thanks to recent investments by our members in The Planetary Society's Space Policy & Advocacy program, we now have the resources to institute a strategic effort to support the exploration of space in an international context. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. When things go awry, scientists and engineers can sometimes squeeze amazing science out of a tough situation. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source