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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.

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface. [...]
Sat, Sep 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Forests with numerous tree species, and therefore a mix of water-management strategies, appear more tolerant of drought. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Sep 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new study reports that Volkswagen is not the only auto manufacturer to make diesel cars that produce vastly more emissions on the road than in laboratory tests. The study finds that in Europe, 10 major auto manufacturers produced diesel cars, sold between 2000 and 2015, that generate up to [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New technology could use carbon dioxide captured from power plants to make a new kind of lithium battery. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By making a neural-network computer model that can be fooled by optical illusions like humans, the researchers advanced knowledge of the human visual system and may help improve artificial vision. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The earliest predators appeared on Earth 480 million years ago -- and they even had teeth which were capable of repairing themselves. A team of palaeontologists have been able to discover more about how these organisms were able to grow and regenerate their teeth. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study. The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or 'ecstasy,' scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of the sea creature [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Imagine your liver being just a big puddle. Some organelles in your cells are exactly that including prominent ones like the nucleolus. Now a synthetic organelle engineered in a lab shows how such puddle organs can carry out complex life-sustaining reaction chains. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have measured the human 'exposome,' or the particulates, chemicals and microbes that individually swaddle us all, in unprecedented detail. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists working to bioengineer the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory now report using pluripotent stem cells to grow human esophageal organoids. This is the first time scientists have been able to grow human esophageal tissue entirely from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), which can form any tissue type in [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Searching for a more direct connection between the gut and the brain, researchers were shocked to see that distance spanned by a single synapse, relaying the signal in less than 100 milliseconds, less than the blink of an eye. The finding has profound implications for the understanding of appetite and [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons will perform a high-risk, high-reward flyby of an ancient world on the outskirts of the solar system. [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Attention Kiwi space fans! I'm embarking shortly on a speaking tour of New Zealand. I hope to meet lots of Planetary Society members and supporters, and sign a few copies of my book. [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor, I am taking the magazine open-access. Return to Mercury features articles by Elsa Montagnon on BepiColombo and by Long Xiao on the Chang'e-4 and -5 landers. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Elsa Montagnon details the challenges of delivering BepiColombo's two spacecraft from Earth to Mercury. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source