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The better study participants scored in the memory test, the faster they got bored. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it's off — suggests new research. [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Starshade is a proposed flower-shaped spacecraft that can create an artificial eclipse, allowing space telescopes to spot planets orbiting distant stars. [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations, provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines are based on a scientific review by an international team of experts. [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
During the last glacial period, within only a few decades the influence of atmospheric CO2 on the North Atlantic circulation resulted in temperature increases of up to 10 degrees Celsius in Greenland -- as indicated by new climate calculations. [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
DNA analysis of skeletons found in the Pacific Northwest backs up traditional oral histories, and suggests there could have been more than one colonization of the Americas. Emily Schwing reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, Continue reading at the source
For the first time, a computer simulation -- so detailed it took a full year to run -- shows how spicules form, helping scientists understand how spicules can break free of the sun's surface and surge upward so quickly. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In a proof-of-concept study, engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In an arranged marriage of optics and mechanics, physicists have created microscopic structural beams that have a variety of powerful uses when light strikes them. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The evolution of the amniotic egg -- complete with membrane and shell -- was key to vertebrates leaving the oceans and colonizing the land and air but how bird eggs evolved into so many different shapes and sizes has long been a mystery. Now, an international team of scientists took [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A new study demonstrates a process with great potential for developing technologies for reducing CO2 levels. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Scientists are providing the clearest view yet of an intact bacterial microcompartment, revealing at atomic-level resolution the structure and assembly of the organelle's protein shell. This work could benefit research in bioenergy and pathogenesis, and it could lead to new methods of bioengineering bacteria for beneficial purposes. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Earlier this month, The Planetary Society brought together space enthusiasts at Queen Mary University of London for “SpaceUp London 2017”—the first large-scale event organized by Planetary Society volunteers in Europe. [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel—and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Jun 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Only one spacecraft has ever visited Uranus and Neptune: Voyager 2, in the late 1980s. A new NASA report explores the reasons to go back, and what type of mission might take us there. [...]
Wed, Jun 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Ecologists say wolves should be allowed to roam beyond remote wilderness areas—and that by scaring off smaller predators like coyotes and jackals, wolves might do a good service too. Emily... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Jun 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Researchers built silver-zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Jun 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A team of scientists recently traveled to rural Argentina in the hopes of catching New Horizons' next target—Kuiper Belt object MU 69—crossing in front of a distant star. [...]
Fri, Jun 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
As polar bears are forced onto land, they're feeding on animals with less mercury—reducing their levels of the toxic pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jun 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source