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Advances In Science

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For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info. [...]
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Bees suddenly fell silent when the sun disappeared during last year's solar eclipse—perhaps because they were tricked into night mode. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Oct 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have examined the youngest-ever specimen of tylosaur ever found. Like orcas, mosasaurs might have used their bony noses to strike prey. [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have developed a technique to harvest 2-inch diameter wafers of 2-D material within just a few minutes. They can then be stacked together to form an electronic device within an hour. [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
I'm thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. Here's a timeline for BepiColombo's planned launch on 20 October (19 October in the U.S.). [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have developed what they call T-CUP: the world's fastest camera, capable of capturing ten trillion frames per second. This new camera literally makes it possible to freeze time to see phenomena -- and even light! -- in extremely slow motion. [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Archaeologists found the remains of a 10-year-old child with a stone inserted into his or her mouth at a fifth-century Italian cemetery. They think the stone was meant to keep the child from rising from the dead and spreading malaria to the living. [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source
English as-a-first-language Canadian study subjects were less trusting of statements in English spoken with a foreign accent, unless the speaker sounded confident about their assertion. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have created a 'window' into the brain, which enables researchers to watch in incredible detail how human brain cells develop and connect to each other in real time. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The unexpectedly gentle death of a massive star suggests that it was being robbed by a dense companion lurking out of sight. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers are reporting ways in which using genetic ancestry databases to solve crimes could potentially be expanded. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers were able to produce healthy mice with two mothers that went on to have normal offspring of their own. Mice from two dads were also born but only survived for a couple of days. The work looks at what makes it so challenging for animals of the same sex [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Biologists grew human retina tissue from scratch to determine how cells that allow people to see in color are made. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have confirmed that lizards exhibit two sleep states, just like humans, other mammals, and birds. They corroborated the conclusions of a 2016 study on the bearded dragon and conducted the same sleep investigation on another lizard, the Argentine tegu. Their findings nevertheless point out differences between species, which raises [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
About two minutes after liftoff, the Soyuz vehicle carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to orbit failed. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Ian Regan, producer of the Titan segment of In Saturn's Rings, describes the meticulous process of creating the stunning visuals of this shrouded moon. [...]
Thu, Oct 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Baby giraffes inherit aspects of their mothers' patterning—which could give them a survival advantage if good camouflage runs in the family. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Oct 10, 2018, Continue reading at the source
William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” with Paul Romer, "for integrating... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Oct 09, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The spacecraft used its ultraviolet spectrograph imager for the job, and one frame shows Mars in the background. [...]
Mon, Oct 08, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Twice a year, thousands of pronghorn antelope and mule deer migrate through Wyoming, and newly built highway crossings are sparing the lives of animals—and motorists. Jason G. Goldman... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Oct 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source