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More reflective telescope mirrors allow astronomers to capture more photons—and do more science. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Today in London, Emily Lakdawalla was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by The Open University. [...]
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and can be linked to cold winters in [...]
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
An estimated 275 fewer children were born in Flint, Michigan, while the city was using lead-contaminated water from the Flint River, according to new research findings. [...]
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A new study reveals babies as young as 15 months can learn the value of hard work. Researchers found babies who watched an adult struggle to reach two different goals before succeeding tried harder at their own difficult task than babies who saw an adult succeed effortlessly. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Multiple sclerosis can be inhibited or reversed using a novel gene therapy technique that stops the disease's immune response in mouse models, researchers have found. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
By sequencing the ancient genomes of 15 individuals from different parts of Africa, researchers reporting in the journal Cell on Sept. 21 have reconstructed the prehistory of humans on the continent, going back thousands of years. The findings shed light on which human populations lived in eastern and southern Africa [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A team of scientists has sequenced, for the first time, a tiny worm that belongs to a group of exclusively asexual species that originated approximately 18 million years ago -- making it one of the oldest living lineages of asexual animals known. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Where do cosmic rays come from? Solving a 50-year-old mystery, a collaboration of researchers has discovered it's much farther than the Milky Way. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The discovery that primitive jellyfish sleep suggests that sleep is an ancient, evolutionarily conserved behavior. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Poison frogs harbor some of the most potent neurotoxins we know, yet scientists have long wondered -- how do these frogs keep from poisoning themselves? Scientists are now a step closer to resolving that head-scratcher. And the answer has potential consequences for the fight against pain and addiction. [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
How did Neanderthals grow? Does modern man develop in the same way as Homo neanderthalensis did? How does the size of the brain affect the development of the body? Researchers have studied the fossil remains of a Neanderthal child's skeleton in order to establish whether there are differences between the [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A new study hints that the most energetic particles ever seen come from far beyond the Milky Way. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Two of NASA's new astronaut candidates are particularly suited to conduct scientific research on other worlds: Zena Cardman, a geobiologist, and Jessica Watkins, a geologist [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A trove of scientific notes from the early 1900s suggests a warming climate is driving birds to migrate earlier to New York's Mohonk Preserve. Julia Rosen reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Sep 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
We at The Planetary Society are saddened to hear about the recent passing of veteran space artist Kim Poor. [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains. [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
OSIRIS-REx launched on September 8, 2016. Now, a year later, it's returning to its home to get a second boost on to its destination, the asteroid Bennu. It'll test all its cameras on Earth and the Moon in the 10 days after the flyby. [...]
Tue, Sep 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
As temperatures rise, the treeline moves upslope. But ancient bristlecone pines are losing that upslope race to faster-colonizing neighbors. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, Continue reading at the source