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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.

Imagine that you live in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, you're a pint-sized primate with enormous eyes and you look a little like Gizmo from the movie, 'Gremlins.' You're a tarsier -- a nocturnal animal whose giant eyes provide you with exceptional visual sensitivity, enabling a predatory advantage. A new [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Physicists have shown that shaking ultracold Bose-Einstein condensates can cause them to either divide into uniform segments or shatter into unpredictable splinters, depending on the frequency of the shaking. [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers develop a hydrogel whose stiffness and permeability to cells can be controlled with light. [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Giant planets like Neptune may contain much less free hydrogen than previously assumed. Researchers drove shock waves through two different types of plastic to reach the same temperatures and pressures present inside such planets, and observed the behavior using ultra-strong X-ray laser pulses. Unexpectedly, one of these plastics kept its [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Scientists build artificial cells as models of primitive cells. Research team have constructed artificial cells using minimal components that are able to supply energy to drive gene expression inside a microcompartment, thus these artificial cells can produce energy that helps synthesize parts of the cells themselves. This work marks an [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Data from a landmark three year study of the world's longest migrating seabird reveals how overland migration is an integral part of their amazing journey. [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air worldwide instead of hitching rides with people and animals, according to scientists. Their 'air bridge' hypothesis could shed light on how harmful bacteria share antibiotic resistance genes. [...]
Mon, Mar 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A phototrophic microbe called Rhodopseudomonas palustris takes up electrons from conductive substances like metal oxides or rust to reduce carbon dioxide. [...]
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
During daylight hours, hundreds of bombardier beetles of multiple species will congregate together to more effectively ward off any predators not afraid of a lone beetle's toxic spray. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Mar 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Paleontologists have just reported the world's biggest Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Canada. The 13-metre-long T. rex, nicknamed 'Scotty,' lived in prehistoric Saskatchewan 66 million years ago. [...]
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The giant planet Jupiter was formed four times further from the sun than its current orbit, and migrated inwards in the solar system over a period of 700,000 years. Researchers found proof of this incredible journey thanks to a group of asteroids close to Jupiter. [...]
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest images highlighting some hidden gems. [...]
Fri, Mar 22, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year. [...]
Tue, Mar 19, 2019, Continue reading at the source
When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel towards the north and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Mar 19, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Biologists have taken the genes that produce cannabinoids in weed and plugged them into yeast, making rare and novel compounds more accessible. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Mar 01, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Humans traveling to Mars will be required to operate with a degree of autonomy human astronauts have never had, due to communication delays. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Feb 26, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Grandmothers can enhance the survival of grandchildren. That is, unless grandma's too old or lives too far away. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Feb 25, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Artificial intelligence experts, ethicists and diplomats debate autonomous weapons. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Feb 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The incidence of foodborne illness could jump in a warming world, due to an increase in housefly activity. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A new genetic study of Latin Americans provides evidence that gene variants for lighter skin color came about in Asia as well as in Europe. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Feb 19, 2019, Continue reading at the source