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Though Saturn formed about 4.5 billion years ago, its rings were added relatively recently—only 100 to 10 million years ago. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Jan 24, 2019, Continue reading at the source
As coral species die off, they may be leaving a death spiral in their wake: Their absence could be sapping life from the corals that survive. In a new study, when isolated from other species, corals got weak, died off or grew in fragile structures. The study has shown it [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Most of Earth's life-essential elements probably arrived with the planetary collision that produced the moon. Petrologists now conclude Earth most likely received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential volatile elements from a collision with a Mars-sized planet more than 4.4 billion years ago. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it is able to reach telescopes across the entire expanse of the universe. Incredibly, the light from the most distant black holes (or quasars) has been traveling to us for more than 13 [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Using active genetics technology, biologists have developed the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork for further advances based on this technology, including biomedical research on human disease. Future animal models may be possible of complex human genetic diseases, [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Scientists studying the relationship of telomeres to cancer made a surprising discovery: a cellular recycling process called autophagy -- generally thought of as a survival mechanism -- actually promotes the death of cells, thereby preventing cancer initiation. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A new study confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. While it's known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake, and some researchers have suggested that there may be longer-term effects, this study is the first to actually quantify the effects through the 21st century [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
An organic molecule detected in the material from which a star forms could shed light on how life emerged on Earth. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have created 3D-printed flexible mesh structures that can be controlled with applied magnetic fields while floating on water. The structures can grab small objects and carry water droplets, giving them the potential to be useful as soft robots that mimic creatures living on water surfaces or that can serve [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New research reveals a new approach to Alzheimer's disease (AD) that may eventually make it possible to reverse memory loss, a hallmark of the disease in its late stages. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Humpback whales overwintering in feeding areas may sing complex, progressive songs which closely resemble those associated with breeding grounds, according to a new study. [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Detroit residents declined an offer of free street trees—but were more willing to accept them if they had a say in the type of tree. Jason G. Goldman reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Jan 23, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Launch is currently set for 19 February, and Beresheet will spend two months traveling to the Moon ahead of touchdown in April. [...]
Tue, Jan 22, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A total lunar eclipse will grace the skies this Sunday, January 20th—and it may or may not be red. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Jan 19, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The partial government shutdown that shuttered NASA continues with no end in sight. The U.S. space program sits idle, the vast majority of its workforce sent home. Space science and exploration projects are disrupted. Paychecks are absent. And an unsettling realization has dawned on hundreds of thousands of public employees [...]
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The work builds on a Planetary Society-sponsored test and paves the way for an ambitious expedition in Greenland this year. [...]
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But Da Vinci's famous painting doesn't have that quality. Christopher... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jan 18, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history. [...]
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and western Africa. [...]
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source